Updated: Mar 6
With Valentine's Day right around the corner, I wanted to highlight some of the Latino super couples. This article isn't going to be about some of the current couples that dominate the headlines. Although those couples are awesome in their own right, I wanted to take a look at the couples that really went through it. Couples that lasted decades; that are musical royalty; that were revolutionaries; couples that can make even the iciest heart believe in love. Let's take a look at 5 of my favorites:
A Queen and her King
Celia Cruz, the Queen of Salsa, met her husband, Pedro Knight, a trumpet player, when she joined the band La Sonora Matancera in Havana in 1950. After many years of friendship, Pedro revealed his feelings for Celia; but in true Chingona fashion she let him know that she wouldn't date a musician because they have too many women. But, much to his credit, he never gave up, and they were finally married in 1962.
Throughout their marriage, the two were almost inseparable. Pedro was always seen holding her hand, and opening doors for her. He has been quoted saying, "Celia was the most special woman in the world." The two remained married for 41 years until Celia's death in 2003. Pedro did not marry again, and reportedly his health declined rapidly following Celia's death. He died a few years later in 2007, and I have no doubt they are together again. Azucar!
Warriors for the People
Cesar Chavez is a name that is synonymous with farm workers rights and the Chicano movement, but what many people don't realize is that his wife, Helen Chavez was right by his side for all of it. Not only was she by his side, but she was raising their 8 children alone whenever Cesar was called away for speaking engagements across the United States. They were married in 1948, and although Helen chose not to a vocal part of the movement, she nonetheless was an integral part of the organization. Let's face it, even if she only focused on raising their 8 children, THAT would have been more than enough, but she was a force within the movement that she helped create. Helen and Cesar were married until his death in 1993; and even after his death, Helen continued to make public appearances to honor Cesar and their cause. Si Se Puede!
The Conga That Changed Music
Gloria and Emilio Estefan changed the music scene in the United States, and around the world, with their hit "Conga" in 1985, but this Cuban power couple began their musical journey together almost a decade earlier. In 1976, Emilio invited Gloria to sing at a wedding with his band, the Miami Latin Boys. The members were so impressed by her skills that they made her a permanent member of the group and promptly changed their name to the Miami Sound Machine. Gloria and Emilio were married two years later and have been creating and producing music ever since.
Flor Silvestre and Antonio Aguilar were already two powerhouse artists when they met in 1950. The dynamic duo would go on to make several movies together and finally getting married in 1959. Although Flor had been married two previous times, she always maintained that Antonio was the love of her life. The pair would go on to star in dozens of movies, record hundreds of songs, all while cultivating the next generations of their family, and cementing the Aguilar musical dynasty.
Love Isn't Always Pretty
I honestly contemplated not including Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera because although they are one of the most well-known couples in Latin culture, there are also one of the most turbulent. I obviously decided to include them because sometimes love isn't pretty; sometimes it's loud and angry and messy. Frida and Diego married in 1929, and throughout the course of their marriage they both endured extra-marital affairs, as well as long stretches of time apart; but they always claimed that they were soul mates. After Frida's death, Diego put together a trust in order to look after Frida's home, the Casa Azul. He gathered Frida's clothing, journals, personal belongings, as well as his own writings and drawings, and sealed them in one of the bathrooms with strict instructions to not open the room until after his death. So, while their relationship may not be what most of us think of a healthy and positive relationship, evidently it worked for them.
Love is Love
I hope you enjoyed my list of favorite Latino couples. Is there a couple that I should've included on my list? Let me know in the comments below!
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