Exclusive: Julio Iglesias is My Homeboy

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[Laughs]. So tell me, after so many years of performing, what do you do to keep it fresh for you?

Jesús, it’s all about passion. How old are you, Jesús?

I am 32 years old.

Still so young. Are you single or married?

I’ve been married for almost six years, and I’ve been working in the field for 12 years.

So you’re a natural! So look, for me, what’s keeping me fresh is passion. Passion for everything. I mean, if I didn’t have passion, I wouldn’t be doing this interview. The passion I have is what keeps me alive and motivated to keep going.

Aside from being one of the greatest singers of all time, you’re also viewed as one of the most legendary Latin sex symbols of all time.

Yup!

So who do you—

You want to know about my sex life?

No, no, no, no — God, no!

[Laughs].

But you’re viewed as—I remember my mother was a huge fan of your singing but probably for something else too [laughs].

Your mother is a lady with beautiful taste!

What does it take to be a sex symbol in your opinion?

You know, sex symbol is bulls--t. What does this symbol mean? I love to sing. Singing is my passion. Everything else pales in comparison. Other than that, I guess I should say that I’m thin. I try to stay fit and healthy. I do a lot of sports, like swimming. But the most important thing in my life is my passion for singing. Think of it like this — in the ‘70s and ‘80s, I was your age, and my passion led me to have already sold millions of records by then.

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Jesus Trivino,

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Jesús Triviño Alarcón began his professional journalism career at Vibe. At 25, he became editor-in-chief of Fuego, the first national English language Latino men’s magazine, and served as senior editor for Scratch, a magazine dedicated to hip-hop producers and DJs. Since then he has guided the editorial direction for MyNuvoTV.com, the online component of the Latino lifestyle cable network, and BET.com's music shows and specials including 106 & Park. Additionally, he has written and reported for the NY Daily News, SLAM, The Source, XXL, Inked, SOHH.com, People.com, Essence.com, and many more. In his 13-year career he’s interviewed countless celebrities including Carmelo Anthony, Demi Lovato, Marc Anthony, Rosario Dawson, Willie Colón, Jay-Z, Nas, Jessica Alba, John Leguizamo, 50 Cent, Kanye West, among others. Today, as Latina’s Entertainment Editor he’s constantly thinking WWJD—What Would Juanes Do?

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