Enrique Iglesias on His Fans: "They're Allowed to Go Crazy on Me"
Photo by Zony Maya
No one knows more about Sex and Love than Spanish panty-dropper Enrique Iglesias. In fact, it's the name of his new album. "I love my fans, and they are allowed to go crazy on me," the heartthrob teases. "Believe me, they keep surprising me with their creativity to get closer and closer."
But a heads-up for any wild fanáticas planning to break into the Iglesias compound -- Enrique isn't at home. He's out on the road with the 305's own Armando Christian Pérez, AKA Pitbull, and rising reggaeton star J Balvin. So you'll just have to catch up with him when the tour hits the Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood or American Airlines Arena in Miami this weekend.
"We have a blast on- and offstage," Iglesias brags about hanging with Pit and driving the ladies loca. "The response has been amazing so far. It's great to work with artists with your same track of mind. Together, we give fans great music, energy, and what they really deserve -- to enjoy life and forget about the rest."
This isn't the first time that Enrique and Pitbull, two of the biggest names in Latin pop music, have toured together. Back in 2011, the Español and Cubanito threw one of the wildest parties the AAA has ever seen, which Iglesias then described as the "shit of the shit of the shit of the shit." And now, with "Bailando," the summer anthem of 2014, under his belt, and Pitbull having become Mr. Worldwide, we can only imagine the madness that's gonna go down this time 'round.
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Born in Spain and raised in Miami, Iglesias has surely made a name for himself as the King of Latin Pop. But when your father is Julio Iglesias, one of the best-selling Latin music artists of all time, maybe you're destined for success. Not that his dad helped pull any strings. In fact, for a long time, Enrique kept his musical aspirations a secret from papá Iglesias. "I was always very superstitious," he says. "Even as a young kid, I believed that whenever you spoke about the things you wanted to accomplish, they'd never became a reality."
As for keeping his pop dreams from his father, Enrique adds: "When you're young, you want to make your own path. It's not so much about rebelling but just a natural attitude at that age. In the end, I trusted my gut feeling. With the support of great people in my life, we took it one step at a time. I just think it's important to be authentic and loyal to your instinct."
In addition to endlessly turning out chart-toppers, Iglesias has dipped into the writing and acting world too. He's written songs for Andrea Bocelli and Clay Aiken, among others. And he coproduced the off-Broadway musical Four Guys Named Jose and Una Mujer Named Maria and appeared in the CBS comedy series How I Met Your Mother as Robin Scherbatsky's Argentine flame, Gael.
"I would like to do it again. I would like to do comedy more than drama," Enrique says. "But my priority is the music. I've always said when I'm up on stage, I think I'm the happiest guy in the world. There's no better feeling in the world. You could be sick, you could have the worst headache, you could feel horrible -- but once you're up there and in front of your fans, it all goes away."
Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull. With J Balvin. 8 p.m. Saturday, October 25, at Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood. Tickets cost $79 to $149 plus fees. Call 954-797-5531, or visit hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com.
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