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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Fonsi and Lopez have been together for almost a decade and together have two children.
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Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.”
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