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Gloria Estefan Talks Life and Love After 50

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So, I turn 50 next month and figured that it was about time that I started checking out AARP Magazine.  In the latest issue, local Cuban-American powerhouses Gloria and Emilio Estefan talk quite candidly about having made their way to the top of the charts for more than thirty years. With more than 100 million albums sold, and a combined total of 26 Grammys, the beloved duo speak about their personal and professional reinventions and their enduring 30-year romance in the August/September issue of AARP The Magazine. Says Gloria Estefan of her partner, “I always felt that we were meant to be together.”

Here’s more of what Gloria reveals:

On how music helped her to cope with her father’s multiple sclerosis diagnosis
“I wanted to be strong for my mom, but it was very tough for me. If there’s ever been a dark moment in my life… well, I wanted to check out. Music was a big escape.”

On embracing life at 50+
“This is the time in my life when I’m doing everything I want to do, when I want to do it. It’s ‘me time.'”

On the secret to their marriage
“He’s kept me laughing and I think that’s a big part of our relationship too and why it’s been so good so long. Because if you can laugh with somebody, that’s healing for sure.”

On the qualities she most admires in her husband
“Oh my gosh, Emilio—he’s a dreamer who makes things a reality.”

“What really drew me to him was his incredible energy. He’s a motivator and he certainly motivated me and everyone around him. He was my boss for a year so I really got to know him before we got together as a couple.”

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On keeping the romance alive
“Romance is a part of our life every minute. My favorite thing is when he leaves on a trip I will find a little note somewhere I didn’t expect: ‘I love you baby’ either next to my toothbrush or on our pillow.”

On recovering from nearly severing her spinal cord in a 1990 bus accident
“I learned firsthand the power of prayer. People will never realize how much their good thoughts helped me.”

On feeling a connection to her native Cuba
“There’s something that pulls me to Cuba and its plight, even though I’ve been here for more than 50 years. That love of a homeland that no longer is the same reaches into every aspect of who I am.”

On what she is most proud of
“What I’m most proud of is that our kids love us—every time my son hangs up the phone ‘Mom I Love you.’ My daughter as well she’s an amazing human being and our son as well.”

On turning her and Emilio’s life together into a Broadway musical
“There are so many story lines. It’s a universal story, it’s an immigrant story, and it’s a love story. In the United States, if you believe in yourself and you’re determined and persevere, you’re going to succeed.”

You can pick up the issue at newsstands now.


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