Exclusive: J. Alvarez On Fame, Latinas & Fatherhood

Is there anything you won’t post on social media?

I’m an open book, I post photos of my wife, my kids, I’m as real as I can be with my fans. I try for them to not see me any different just because I’m an artist, and I want them to be part of the success, I want the fans to feel part of the family.

You’re a family man.

Yes, I have two older children from my wife. I met her when she had two kids. They were 4 and 2 when I met her, and now we have twins who are a year and 3 months.

What’s the best thing about being a father?

Seeing their smiles. Those hugs, you feel that energy from them that innocence, it sends you in the clouds; it’s a blessing being a father. And being able to buy them their little things, it’s so satisfying, it really is.

Are your twins with you while you work?

When I’m doing a show they’re with their mom or babysitter. But in the meantime they’re with me. I bring them, when it’s a lot of days of promotions I always bring the family.

We noticed you have a ton of different sunglasses. What are you rocking right now?

I have a lot—black ones, I have some Ray Bans with gold, I have some grey with silver, the ones I know will match with everything. I have a lot at home, and hats too; I have a lot of hats. I have to be matching all the time.

What’s the best attribute about Latinas?

Latinas are warriors. If she has to go work with you, the one who’s faithful to her family, if she has to do whatever she has to do for you, she’ll do it. It’s like a Bonnie and Clyde thing.

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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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