Enrique Iglesias - Biography
The name's familiar, the heart-throb looks are familiar, and now the figures are beginning to look familiar, too. Enrique Iglesias, son of the best-selling singer of all time, has already notched up sales of over 25 million in seven years and scored a Grammy for Best Latin Performer.
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All of which puts the handsome young Spaniard well on the way to catching up with his father's world record of 250 million in sales. Even the Beatles can't out-sell Julio. The question is, can his son?
Born in Madrid on May 8, 1975, to internationally renowned balladeer Julio Iglesias and Filipina model turned journalist Isabel Preysler, Enrique Iglesias Preysler moved to Miami to live with his father after Basque terrorists kidnapped the singer's grandfather and demanded a ransom. "He was rescued unharmed," says Enrique, "But suddenly it got a little dangerous."
In the US the young Enrique was left in the charge of the family nanny, who effectively raised him while his globe-trotting father was away on tour. Julio's lengthy absences meant he had little inkling of his son's burgeoning musical talent. At 13 Enrique was already indulging his passion for music by keeping a "secret diary" of songs and by 15 he was playing in secret with two older musicians - one of whom, Robert Morales, would collaborate on Enrique's platinum-selling first album, which was dedicated to his nanny.
His transition from beach hunk watersports and hanging out on Hawiian beaches were favourite occupations to budding star came when he plucked up the courage to ask one of his father's ex-managers to go along and see him play. The former Iglesias staff-member was stunned by the young man's dedication and stubborn insistence that he wouldn't use the family name until he landed a recording contract.
Portraying himself as Enrique Martinez, a little-known singer from Central America, the fledgling pop star signed to the Mexican label Fonovista and dropped out of his Miami University business course. When his son informed him that he had been awarded a contract, Julio was presented with a fait accompli. The older singer was less than impressed with his offspring's news, however, and concerned about the vagaries of the music industry and what he saw as its innate dishonesty tried to prevent his son performing. But Julio's attitude only spurred the teenager to greater efforts.
In some ways it was a predictable response Enrique's determination and formidable work ethic are well documented. "I'm never satisfied," he says. "Sometimes I should sit around and stop and look around and enjoy." That is an unlikely scenario, however, especially with Hollywood beckoning he secured a role as a gunfighter opposite Salma Hayek, Johnny Depp and Antonio Banderas in 2003's Once Upon a Time in Mexico.
As Enrique makes waves in film and music, his personal life has also been making headlines. The heart-throb is currently linked to tennis star Anna Kournikova, who co-starred in the steamy video for his hit single Escape.