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You’ve recorded in many languages. How do you convey the same suaveness that comes across in your native tongue of Spanish in Chinese?

That’s a good question. First, the most important thing for me is to acknowledge what I’m talking about when I’m singing in Chinese. When I know exactly what I’m talking about phrase by phrase, I can have an actual interpretation and acknowledge what I’m singing. But in any case, for me to sing in Chinese, to sing in Japanese, to sing in Tagalong, or in German — it’s not very easy. The language is so strong, it makes a lot of difficulties for me to pronounce, and it’s very difficult.

What’s been your proudest moment as a father?

You never forget the day that your kid born, when the mommy gives birth to your baby, that’s an amazing day. But you know it’s important for a father to keep being a father throughout his life. I feel that the most important thing is the dedication that you give to being that father figure to your children.

You’re also known for having a great complexion. Do you have any tanning tips you can share?

Well, the sun has always been a good friend of mine, but not these days. I think I’ve been in the sun for too long.

Do any of today’s singers impress you?

My son Enrique. I love my son (laughs).

I knew you were going to say that! Anyone besides Enrique?

I like my son Julio after Enrique (laughs).

No one else?

Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars and Justin Bieber. I think they’re great!

Do you have any final words for our female readers?

Thank you for your kindness and support, from your fathers, grandparents and especially from your mothers (laughs)!

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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 16-year career he’s interviewed countless celebrities including Bruno Mars, 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 Director he’s constantly thinking WWJD—What Would Juanes Do? Follow him on Instagram @JesusTalks and Twitter @JesusTalkz.

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