Enrique Iglesias

Singer

Born in May 1975, Enrique Iglesias is a much-adored Spanish singer, songwriter, and actor. The youngest child of Filipina socialite Isabel Preysler and famed singer Julio Iglesias, Enrique has definitely followed in his father’s footsteps, though his life has not been without drama.

In 1978, Enrique’s parents divorced and Julio moved to Miami, Florida to pursue his career. In 1985, Enrique’s grandfather, Dr. Julio Iglesias Puga, was kidnapped by ETA, a terrorist group. At that time, Enrique and his brother were sent to Miami to live with their father. Enrique also spent a year in Belgrade, Serbia (then part of Yugoslavia) with his mother, who worked as a journalist.

As his interest in music grew, Enrique kept his thoughts of a career in show business from his father. He actually borrowed money from his nanny, made his own demo tape, and shopped it around to get a record deal. Enrique came up with the story of being an unknown from Guatemala with the surname of Martinez so that his father’s fame would not influence his career.

Known as a heartthrob across the globe, Enrique Iglesias is also much like the boy next door. However, this hasn’t stopped him from being romantically linked to many women including Christina Aguilera, Shannon Elizabeth, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Samantha Torres. However, he seems to have settled down, dating tennis star Anna Kournikova since 2001. In 2003, much to many fans’ chagrin, Enrique had his trademark facial mole removed.