This chapter of Enrique Iglesias’ life seems straight out of a Disney story. After Iglesias’ parents divorced, Enrique went to live in Miami with his father, and, with the senior Iglesias forever on tour, young Iglesias was raised by his nanny Elvira Olivares.
As we mentioned, he was determined to keep his musical aspirations hidden from his father, so Elvira gave him the $1,800 he needed to record his demo. The eternally grateful Enrique went on to dedicate his album to Olivares.
It’s in the Genes
Enrique's father, Julio is known as one of the most successful Spanish singers in the world. His mother, Isabel Preysler, was a well-known socialite and journalist. Sadly, the power couple would later divorce leaving young Iglesias to be raised by his nanny.
Still, with parents like these, it’s no wonder Enrique Iglesias took the star-studded path that he did. This family might be the ultimate proof that stardom is genetic, case closed!
Want to know one of his most shameful secrets? A school production of "Hello, Dolly!" was his first stepping stone into stardom. That performance proved to be fateful for the young Iglesias’ future as the music bug had bitten hard.
The budding crooner started writing songs and performing them in Miami restaurants with friends. Iglesias didn’t want his Dad, who had sold more than 300 million records, to know about any of this so he kept it a secret for years. We’re imagining the cringe if these videos ever surfaced!
When shopping his demo around, Enrique Iglesias went by the pseudonym Enrique Martinez to avoid bringing attention to himself as the son of the great Julio Iglesias. Initially, the Martinez demo didn’t garner much interest.
But that changed when it landed up with Fonovisa Records, a small indie setup known for its Mexican flavor. A $ 1 million record deal was signed and sealed once the CEO heard the demo and saw the hunky Enrique.
His Heart Is on the Right!
Enrique Iglesias’ hit ballad "Heartbeat" may have a hidden meaning! The Spanish songster has an obscure oddity that you would not be able to identify by looking at him. Iglesias was born with an extraordinary condition known as situs inversus.
This heartthrob's ticker beats on the opposite side of his body. Instead of being to the left, his heart is to the right. In fact, all his organs are a mirror image of the standard! Enrique, we love the sound of both of your heartbeats, the real one and the song.