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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.

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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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Alert La Familia! There’s a Marc Anthony Livestream Concert Coming in April

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Alert La Familia! There’s a Marc Anthony Livestream Concert Coming in April

Marc Anthony will be putting on a live stream concert for his fans in April. The Nuyorican icon announced the news this week about his upcoming show Marc Anthony: One Night Only.

Anthony wants to entertain his fans from a safe distance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Life has changed us…undoubtedly,” Anthony said in a statement. “But music is still a tethering wire for us all. It allows us to continue maintaining the illusion, love, and joy alive. And although for safety reasons we cannot be face-to-face yet, I am sure this concert will create an incredible magic that will allow me to connect with my audience, wherever they are, and with all those who need a touch of my music to move forward, to maintain the passion for life.”

With hits like “Vivir Mi Vida” and the ’90s classic “I Need to Know,” there will be a lot more than “moving forward” going on during a Marc Anthony show. The salsa music giant will definitely have our parents, tías, and abuelas getting down to his songs in the living room. We’ll be up in the mix too.

Don’t miss it because the show will be “One Night Only.”

Marc Anthony: One Night Only will be live-streamed worldwide on April 17. The concert will be directed by Grammy Award-winning director Carlos Perez, who shot the music videos for “Despacito” and “Vivir Mi Vida.” Magnus Studios is producing the live stream event.

“At Magnus Studios, we have set out to create unique content and entertainment experiences for worldwide audiences,” said Felipe Pimiento, Magnus COO and head of Magnus Studios, in a statement. “Music is in our DNA and this will mark the first of many music content productions in our production pipeline. We couldn’t be prouder than starting with our own, Marc Anthony, to set the stage for what’s to come.”

Fans can buy tickets now to Marc Anthony: One Night Only at his official website here. Anthony made history back in September when his 3.0 album became the first salsa LP to be certified Diamante in the U.S.

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A California Couple Who Met In Middle School Died Hours Apart From Eachother At Age 67 From COVID-19

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A California Couple Who Met In Middle School Died Hours Apart From Eachother At Age 67 From COVID-19

As the current situation with the Coronavirus pandemic continues to surge, families and friends continue to live divided lives. Hope has come in the form of new vaccines and their distribution across the globe, however, the tragedies continue.

Now, a San Diego family, whose patriarchs weren’t able to receive vaccines, is suffering deeply.

Juan and Blanca Rodriguez passed away from COVID this past week within hours of saying their last goodbyes on Zoom.

The middle school sweethearts met in the seventh grade spent decades together as a married couple until passing away at the age of sixty-seven. Juan and Blanca met in the seventh grade, were married five years later, and went onto have four children and six grandchildren.

“He saw my mom in homeroom in seventh grade, and he said from the moment he saw her, he knew he was going to marry her,” the couple’s daughter Cynthia Rodriguez explained in an interview to NBC12

This past January, Juan and Blanca were retired and living with one of their children when everyone in the family contracted COVID-19.

Their illnesses came as a surprise to the family particularly because they had been extremely cautious.

“We quarantined. We didn’t go out. We didn’t even go to stores. We would order food delivery,” the couple’s other daughter Blanca Velazquez explained.

While the family eventually recovered, on Feb. 1 Juan and Blanca were rushed to the hospital. The couple was sent to two separate facilities and communicated with their family through Zoom.

Over the weekend, after Juan’s condition continued to worsen his family said virtual goodbyes.

“My mom was on the Zoom call, and she told my dad that she was happy that she was able to share her life with him, and she thanked him for being the love of her life,” explained Velazquez.

Juana and Blanca’s son Juan Rodriguez Jr. revealed on a GoFundMe page set up to help with funeral expenses that not long after Blanca’s call with Juan, the family received a call from Blanca “saying she was not doing well and they had to put her on a ventilator as well. The Dr. called a few hours later and said she didn’t respond to the ventilator and there was nothing else they could do for her.”

Blanca passed away three hours after her call with her family on Feb. 8 at 12:30 a.m. Later, Juan died at 4:18 a.m.

“Losing one parent is bad enough, but losing them both on the same day has been both devastating and heartbreaking. We have peace in knowing that since they were always together in life, they could not be apart in death as well,” Juan Jr. wrote. “He couldn’t live without her, so, he just let go. It’s like an epic love story, that they went together in the same day. They were the best parents,” Velazquez told NBC12.

As of Thursday afternoon, the family’s GoFundMe raised $16,897 toward its $25,000 goal.

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