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These Are The Greatest Love Stories Of All Time Fueled By Latinos Romance

Latino stereotypes in the media often center on feisty, passionate, busty Latina women or tall, dark, charming and handsome Latino men. Either way, they’re going to steal your heart. Obviously, any stereotype about any ethnicity is bound to fail when it comes to real life expectations, especially around romance. The only stereotype the media is getting right is the depiction of abuelitos’ grand love in “One Day At a Time.”

We know as much about love as the next person, but we do have some iconic Latino romances of the ages to aspire to. Prepare to get inspired.

Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball

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Their infamous on-screen romance in “I Love Lucy” wasn’t all for show. Ball actually advocated hard on behalf of Arnaz to essentially play himself as her marido on television. Executives didn’t want someone with a Latin accent on-screen. They pushed on and have left all sorts of legacies today.

Gloria and Emilio Estefan

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Gloria and Emilio met in the Miami Sound Machine. She was the lead singer and he was the band leader. He was her first and only boyfriend and the two have been married since 1978.

Celia Cruz and Pedro Knight

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Cuban sensation Celia Cruz was on tour in Mexico with her band La Sonora Matancera when they decided not to return to Cuba. Castro exiled them in retaliation, but love won. Cruz later married Sonora’s trumpet player Pedro Knight in 1962. Knight cared for her while she was battling and eventually died of brain cancer. He built a granite mausoleum he buried her in that he joined just four years later.

Cesar and Helena Chavez

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The two met as farm workers in Delano, CA in the 1940s and their activism brought them together. While Cesar Chavez is better known for creating the UFWA union, Helena was actually the bookkeeper. They were married until death.

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera

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While their love story is known for its tumultuousness, the two were married in 1929 and again in 1940 after a very brief divorce. While they had many lovers throughout their lives, they remained committed to each other and inspired each other’s art often.

Rita Moreno and Leonard Gordon

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Moreno’s love life was truly iconic before meeting Gordon (dated Elvis Presley; Marlon Brando was the “lust of her life”). Gordon and Moreno married in 1965 and remained together 45 years until his death in 2010.

Luis Fonsi and Agueda Lopez

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Fonsi and Lopez have been together for almost a decade and together have two children.

Caption: “Moments like this, photos like this one, don’t need a caption. My smile and my happiness say it all. My superhero, super mom and super model! Happy Valentines Day!”

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony

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There isn’t a Boricua alive who didn’t follow these two like royalty back in the good old days. The two were longtime friends before they started dating in early 2004. Lopez had just broken off her engagement with Ben Affleck six months before their swift wedding.

While they have two perfect twin daughters together, the two split ten years later and are now amicable.

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez

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While the two only just celebrated their two year anniversary, their very obvious googly eyes for each other is epic. The two originally met while they were still married to their exes. The story goes that they sort of just bumped into each other a few years ago and went on their first date that same night. Of course, Jennifer Lopez gets two great loves.

Carmen Carrera and Adrian Torres

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When Carrera and Torres met in the early 2000s, they both identified as gay men. After Carrera decided to transition, they ended their domestic partnership. That lasted not more than a year before they were seen together and married in 2015. Their marriage is the first televised trans-inclusive marriage.

Daddy Yankee and Mireddys González

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These two have been married since 1994. They keep their personal life very private. He told Al Rojo Vivo that his marriage has been so strong because the two are “friends above everything.”

Callie Torres and Arizona Robbins

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Sue me, this is a fictional romance, but it felt very real for every “Grey’s Anatomy” fan when the single Latina character discovered her bisexuality and was disowned by her Roman Catholic father for it. Everyone worked it out, but, dang, we shipped these two.

Eva Duarte and Juan Perón

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When they married in 1945, the Argentinian actress was much more famous than her soon-to-be Argentinian President marido. Their love story actually inspired a musical and they were celebrated far beyond her tragic death from cancer in 1952.

Matt and Luciana Damon

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According to Luciana’s recount to Vogue, “I was working as a bartender in South Beach … and [his] crew ended up in the bar one Saturday night… Matt’s story is that he saw me across the room and there was a light on me. And [laughing] I’m like: ‘yeah it was a nightclub – there were lights everywhere!'” But really, he was seeking refuge from paparazzi and hid behind the bar with her. Like any Latina, she put him to work, kept all his tips and they’ve been together 15 years since.

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Vanessa Adriana Nadal

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These two have known each other since high school. They are not high school sweethearts but their love is very sweet. Since marrying in 2010, the two have welcomed two children together.

Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem

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The Oscar winners met while filming “Jamón, Jamón” and married eight years later in an intimate Bahamas wedding. We get to imagine what life is like being so beautiful together thanks to their professional collaborations on “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” and “The Counselor.”

Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar

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After meeting on the set of “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” the two fell deep. They married in Mexico in 2002 and have two children together. Their love is disgustingly cute.

Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling

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The most beautiful couple alive met while filming “The Place Beyond the Pines” in 2011 and now have two daughters together. You never see them out in public, probably because their beauty and love would kill us all.

Ricky Martin and Jwan Yosef

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“I contacted him, and we talked for six months. We were just sending messages, talking about life and existential issues. Nothing sexy, nothing sexual. It’s not that he was sending me sexy pictures and vice versa, I swear. But when I first saw him, I said, ‘I am going to marry this guy.’ And apparently, he said exactly the same thing,” he told Attitude. The couple has been together for three years.

Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello

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Did I already say “The Most Beautiful Couple Alive”? It’s a tie. These two fell hard and fast and within six months of dating, Manganiello proposed to her on Christmas Day 2014. They married a year later in Palm Beach, FL, and are all perfect and in love since.

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This Twitter User Made $1000 On A Petty Tweet That Became A Business Venture

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This Twitter User Made $1000 On A Petty Tweet That Became A Business Venture

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Romance can be a rewarding experience if you happen to be lucky in love. Unfortunately, not all of us are so favored to journey through love without heartbreak. In a time when social media is the biggest way we communicate with the world, sites like Instagram and Twitter can provide bittersweet reminders of our romantic mishaps. Seeing happy reminders of the person who broke your heart is especially brutal. The only thing worse than stumbling on an ex’s selfie is the discovery that they have blocked you all together. 

It’s with this in mind, that one enterprising Latino Twitter user turned a tweet with a petty joke into a money-making scheme that is helping the lovelorn.

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Isaiah Garnica, a Los Angeles-based songwriter, tweeted the business proposition from his personal Twitter account last week. For $5, Garnica offers to comment “yikes” under the selfies of his patrons’ exs. Within days, the tweet went viral; being retweeted 36K times and with over 186K likes.

The songwriter told Buzzfeed News that the inspiration for the tweet came from an incident at a songwriting session in West Hollywood.

“I dropped my phone from a roof and I was like, yikes. I have to replace it now. So, I’m scrolling Twitter on my laptop (yikes) and saw someone was selling feet pics. Which is honestly…not that uncommon. Millennials and Gen Z are kinky AF. I was like, well, I’m not gonna do that, but I WILL slap a yikes on your ex’s photo. For $5.”

What started more or less as a joke got lots of attention and the requests for Garnica’s service started rolling in.

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According to Buzzfeed News, Garnica received so many requests that he had to set up a few guidelines for his new service. He asked for patrons to specify which selfie he should comment on. If none was chosen, he would just comment on the most recent one. For the few cases who didn’t have selfies on their account, Garnica explained that he would comment on whichever picture ” they seem too pleased with themselves.” He also offered to comment “eek” under selfies for a discount of $3.

The response was so incredible that Garnica told Buzzfeed News that he had more than 200 requests. That means that the songwriter was able to collect over $1000 on his petty venture.

Such a large response to his tweet came with tons of comments ⁠— both for and against the money making opportunity.

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With side hustles being a necessary way for Millennials and Gen Z to make money in our gig economy, many tweets had to give it up to Garnica and his ingenious grind. There are many more dangerous or illegal ways that people are forced to take part in to make money so we have to applaud his creativity. He saw a niche and he filled it and that’s the kind of capitalism we can get behind. 

Some Twitter users saw it as a waste of time to worry over someone who is an ex for obvious reasons. 

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This Twitter user accused Garnica’s patrons of being “petty females” and suggested they “get over it.” For some, a break up isn’t so easy to put behind them and Garnica’s service offers some final closure for those people. It’s easy to call this behavior petty but it serves a purpose in a harmless way. Perhaps this Twitter user is just upset they didn’t think of this business plan first. We know we’re a little jealous over it. 

For those who are calling Garnica’s service “bullying,” the songwriter had a valid defense of his patrons’ requests.

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A few have accused his service of being mean spirited but the Latino explained to Buzzfeed News that this was never the intention of his tweet.

“Some say it’s a bully service, but it’s really not. What I offer is closure,” Garnica added. “Especially when one is blocked. The yikes is sort of minuscule compared to the broken heart that is putting in the request when you think about it. They can delete the yikes. A broken heart — not so much.”

Garnica also shared with Buzzfeed News that he has had requests to comment, shame or insult these exes beyond “yikes” but he refuses these inquiries. His reasoning, “I believe in karma. This might be theirs.”

We can’t argue with that rational and have to applaud Garnica for his micro hustle. Whether you support his services or not, he explained to Buzzfeed News, “As long as the ticker on that tweet is ticking, I am making money.” We respect the hustle.  

Readers Share Adorable Stories of How Their Parents and Abuelos Met

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Readers Share Adorable Stories of How Their Parents and Abuelos Met

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In the era of hookup culture and online swiping, it’s comforting to look back on the days when dating was a straight-forward affair: boy meets girl, boy likes girl, boy marries girl. End of story. But, times have changed and finding your other half can feel more impossible than every Luckily, we can always look to older generations to give us hope. Their romantic stories of days past are always inspiring.

Readers of FIERCE by mitu shared their cute stories of how their parents and abuelos met. Check out some of our favorite ones below!

1. The old bait-and-switch

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“My abuelos met eachother while they were living in Cuba. Abuelo pretended to be 5 years older than her to get her attention but was actually 2 years younger. He asked her out for ice-cream on their first date.”

2. The Cinderella Story

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“My Dad was rich & Mom poor, he chose her and was disowned by his family and lost his inheritance. They lived happily ever after working their asses off once they came to the United States. Love my parents”. -@mrs.jaypeeonenine

3. Love Letters Gone Wrong

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“My dad was playing basketball at my moms high school. He saw my mom and asked her if he could write her. 1953. Mom told dad to write his address on the locker that he was using for the basketball game ( girls lockers). He did. On Monday morning the principal of moms school called to complain to the principal of my dads high school and was angry his basketball team had written all over the lockers. My dad and his team were punished and had to go back to my moms school to clean up the lockers. I still have the first letter my dad sent my mom. Mom passed away 10 years ago. I’m 64 and will never forget their love story”. – @dollycardenas50

4. The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach

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“My mom and dad both immigrated here from Argentina when they were kids. My dad was 9 and my mom was 2. My dad ended up going to high school with my mom’s little brother and they got super drunk one night together when they were 16. They were scared to go back to their houses (the wrath of a Latin mother!!) so they tried to sleep in a park. It got too cold, so they went back to my uncle’s place and decided to wake my mom up by throwing rocks at her window. At 3am, my mom let her hermanito and my dad crawl through her window. My dad and uncle set up camp in my uncle’s room to sleep everything off, but they were starving. My uncle sent my dad to knock on my mom’s door and ask if she could make pancakes (bc they’re legendary). She thought he was so cute, that she made them pancakes at 3am. They’ve been together ever since (they’re 52 now).” -@bryduca

5. A Tale of Two Heights

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“My grandparents went to school together. He asked her to be his partner for a dance performance once. Grandpa says he would have asked her sooner but didn’t see her. He’s 6ft she’s 4’10.” -@danhely

6. Love at first sight

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“My abuelos met each other on a bus in Chicago while Guelo was studying to be a priest. He was a light skinned, fiery haired Mexican man with a friendly smile. Guela’s golden brown Puerto Rican glow was accented by her elegant black ringlets and graceful summer dress. He was smitten the moment he saw her! They conversed about spirituality, faith, and love for something greater than self.Less than one year later, Guelo traded one sacrament for another so that we, our family, could be born.” -@e.m.castro

7. Flirting By Throwing Rocks?

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“My abuela would fill up her cantaro with water & whenever she walked by, my abuelo would through small rocks. She hated him for making her dump the water & he loved how beautiful she looked angry”. -@mija_por_favor

8. Life-long dance partners

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“My abuelos ran into each other multiple times in one day. They had gotten onto the same bus two different times. Later that night when my abuelo saw my abuela at a dance he decided seeing her a third time that day was a sign and asked her to dance. And they were dancing partners the rest of her life”. -@thetiffanyandco

9. The Bashful Beginning

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“My dad was friends with my mom’s brothers but he never met her despite always being around. One day, my mom was cleaning the floor outside her house & saw my dad walking from a distance towards the house. She dropped the broom & ran inside. The rest, is history”. -@lifeasingrid

10. The Whirlwind Romance

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“My grandma and grandpa met while being migrant workers. Grandma was 15 and he was 18. My grandma’s sisters were trying to get with my grandpa but grandma wasn’t having it. Their time at that location was almost over and they were going to be separated so after two weeks of knowing each other, they decided to marry. They were married 62 years before my grandma passed.” – @amorettenoel

11. A Military Marriage

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“My grandfather was in the marines and was stationed in the Dominican Rep. training the Dominican Air Force. At a party he meet my abuelita and fell in love. He had to asked his superiors for permission to see her, then my great grandfather to court her. They both passed away one right after each other after being 50 years together” -@claudia_teresa1

12. A Meeting of Cultures

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“Mi abuela, Soledad, or Chole, was a very attractive and creative woman. Soon after high school she was dancing in a women’s Mexican folklorico troup at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. Mi abuelo Modesto, was selling Cuban cigars as a traveling salesman. They met at the Fair, fell in love and eventually had my mom, Rosalia.” -@fridadina

13. An arranged marriage with a happy ending…

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“In my dad’s side of the family my grandma had to marry my grandpa because a chismosa saw her talking to him outside the grocery story, so my great-grandparents arranged the marriage to restore their honor. In my moms side of the family my grandma had to marry my grandpa to pay off a debt of his family take care of hers after my grandmas parents passed away when she was young. They loved each other and lived happily ever after.#arrangedmarriages” -@iris_herndz

14. An Irresistible Passion

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“My parents met at a dance in Durango, Colorado. Durango is a college town perfectly located in the middle of my parent’s hometowns. My mother was promised to someone else through engagement, but my father won her heart before leaving for the Navy.” -@daiciamestas