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Gloria And Emilio Estefan Have Been Together For 34 Years And Their Relationship Is Still Goals

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Beware: The Estefan’s romance is so epic that you might lose all hope for your own love and just live vicariously through them. The two met in their band Miami Sound Machine, which turned out to be a double lottery win. As they found fame, they fell in love.

The two have been together for 43 years and are still going strong, leaving each other Instagram tributes left and right.

It all started 43 years ago when they met at a wedding.

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It was 1975 and Emilio Estefan was a sales manager for Bacardi rum by day and keyboardist and bandleader of Miami Latin Boys by night. At the time, they had no lead singer so they would all take turns singing.

After he heard Gloria sing at the wedding, he asked her to sit in with the band.

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Their first performance together was impromptu, at their mutual friend’s wedding. A few weeks later, Emilio formally asked her to join the band as lead singer.

They renamed the band Miami Sound Machine.

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At first, Gloria could only sing on the weekends while she was finishing up school at the University of Miami. A year and a half into their bandship, they recorded their first professional album.

Three years after they met, the two got married.

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Two years after that, their son, Nayib, was born. Their band had taken off to the point where Emilio was able to quit his day job at Bacardi.

Their romance is so legendary, that they’ve created a Broadway musical out of it, called “On Your Feet!”

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It premiered on Broadway on November 5, 2015, and is touring the country to this day. The play tells the story of Miami Sound Machine and, of course, their love takes center stage.

Emilio stepped down as a performer to manage the band and raise their son.

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He essentially gave Gloria the limelight and became a mostly stay-at-home parent for their son. We’re shipping that Nayib grew up in a household free of machísmo. Thanks, Emilio.

Gloria has since won several awards for her music, including three Grammys.

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Emilio has been there for them all. Here she is receiving the Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor, which is the highest honor that can be given to a naturalized U.S. citizen. Gloria fled Cuba when she was just a few years old.

The fact that Bush could acknowledge the work and contributions of an immigrant speaks to the cultural phenomenon the two brought to the U.S.

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Rumor has it that they all danced the “Conga” that night. Just kidding, soy una chismosa.

Last year, Gloria became the first Cuban-American to be named as one of the Kennedy Center Honors.

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The two have been champions for LGBTQ+ equal rights and they look good while they advocate. This year, Emilio will be awarded the 2019 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize, making them the first married couple to both be awarded the honor.

The two seem to be madly in love even to this day.

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Gloria’s caption: “HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BABY!💃🏻 From the first of your birthdays that we shared as a couple when you turned 23 to this momentous one at 65 I’ve treasured each moment we’ve spent together, been thankful for each of the hardships that have made us grow stronger, wiser and closer and have thanked the universe for putting you on my path. Here’s to the birthdays to come and all the love in our future! I love you, mi morito!”

They even celebrate their “First Kiss” Anniversary every July 4th. 

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Caption: “Forever this will be my favorite reason to celebrate the 4th of July! Happy 42nd Anniversary of our first kiss, baby, @emilioestefanjr I love you so much!! 😍❤️😍❤️”

Of course, they shout from modern-day metaphorical rooftops (Instagram) for every anniversary since.

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Caption: “HAPPY 40th ANNIVERSARY, BABY!! Time has flown and it seems like only yesterday that we were two young kids with dreams starting a life-long adventure together…it still feels that way. 🎶 I love you more today than yesterday🎶But not as much as tomorrow🎶 ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️”

Try not to find a photo of these two lovebirds kissing.

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The two have just reached their early 60s and we don’t think they’re retiring or settling down anytime soon. Esperamos que.

Their love has overcome horrific tragedies.

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On March 20, 1990, the bands’ bus crashed with a tractor-trailer on a snowy highway in Pennsylvania. Their son fractured his shoulder and Gloria literally broke her back.

She underwent a four-hour spinal surgery and had steel rods implanted into her spine.

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The doctors didn’t have a positive prognosis. She retired to her home near Miami to begin her recovery. With the assistance of her husband, she made a miraculous recovery. 

A year later, she was performing at the American Music Awards on stage.

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The two went on another year-long tour to promote her comeback album “Into the Light.” She released one album per year for the next four years, ranging from Latin to Pop. 

Today, they live and care for their three muppet dogs.

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You probably can’t even tell there are three dogs in this photo, but confíame. These two seem to always be under a pile of dogs.

Gloria told Extra TV that Emilio drives her crazy with his obsessive organization. 

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And she drives him crazy when she asks him a question while he’s brushing his teeth. Emilio told Extra TV, “She goes, ‘babe why aren’t you answering me?’ and I’m going like this [motions to brushing his teeth] and I can’t answer her. It drives me crazy.”

Maybe their love is just actually blessed by el Papa.

“Gloria and Emilio after a private Mass with Pope Francis (photo courtesy of NBC)” Digital Image. Forbes. 27 February 2019.

Gloria has never been heartbroken by any other boyfriend because he’s her first and only. Maybe that’s the real secret to a love lightened by any previous baggage.

Regardless, we ship these two love birds.

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We all felt abandoned when Marc and Jenny split, but nothing can rock my world so long as the Estefan’s love never dies. I think we’re in good shape. 

READ: From Rita Moreno To Becky G, Gloria Estefan’s Instagram Was Lit During The Kennedy Center Honors

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  1. Robert R. says:

    TWO CORRECTIONS:

    1. The headline is incorrect. Gloria & Emilio have been together for 43 years, not 34 years.

    2. Gloria has actually won 7 Grammy awards, not 3.