Gloria Estefan Considered Becoming a CIA Spy

Gloria Estefan's first career choice wasn't nearly as glamorous and public as the life she leads now. On Telemundo’s Al Rojo Vivo, the soon-to-be retired singer revealed that she once seriously considered an offer to become a CIA spy.

The opportunity came to Estefan when she was working as an English, Spanish and French interpreter for the Customs Department at Miami International Airport: "They realized that I was someone who could pass as a regular person without raising any eyebrow," recalls the singer. "So the CIA approached me and wanted me to train in their Atlanta headquarters."

But Estefan's career aspirations changed when her mother, Gloria Fajardo, told her that she'd already dealt with enough family job stress back in Cuba, when Gloria's father worked as a bodyguard for overthrown president Fulgencio Batista.

Good thing she took mami's advice and decided to pioneer the Latin pop explosion instead, otherwise we'd never have been blessed with such classics as "Get on Your Feet," "Don't Wanna Lose You," and "1, 2, 3, 4." Come on baby, say you love me!