Enrique Iglesias in Latina Magazine - June 2007



(Excerpt)

Do you see yourself having a family some day?

Yeah, in the far future. I realized that my family can have kids at 90 [Enrique's late paternal grandfather fathered a baby at 90 in 2005], so I'm going to wait till I'm 90!


Enrique Iglesias comes out of hiding

So where has Enrique Iglesias been hiding? In the studio, working his butt off to make his new CD, Insomniac.

Enrique Iglesias shouldn't have a care in the world: He's young and good-looking, and, only seven albums into his 12-year-old career, the 32-year-old Spanish-born Miami resident has already sold 40 million records. So why did he lock himself up in a studio for three years and become "like a crackhead" working on his new album (Insomniac, out June 12)? The answer might shock you: Fear of failure.

"Music is the only thing I love and know how to do, and that scares me," Enrique says. "I feel that I still haven't given my best." Well, we don't want to add fuel to the fire, but we understand his insecurity. Although Enrique is one of the world's most beloved pop stars, Latin or otherwise, the competition got fierce while he was away: Juanes became a global demigod and Alejandro Sanz, Ricky Martin and Chayanne all scored huge on comeback albums. Now Enrique himself is back in the ring in a big way with, in addition to Insomniac, a performance on Al Gore's multiple-city Live Earth concert (to be televised worldwide on July 7) and a Spanish album in the works. While taking time out from shooting a video for "Do You Know (The Ping Pong Song)," Enrique talked to Latina about his own expectations, his plan to save the world and what he loves most in a woman (hint: it's not measured in a cup size).

Where have you been? It's been years since your last record.

I've been making this album for three years, which has driven me nuts. I can't stand still for too, too long. It drives me crazy. But the way I look at it is this: My first album took three years to write, and I had never done that again. So I said let me write 20, 30 songs, and then that way there's a higher probability that the album is a better album.

Do you think it's better for all your effort?

I've tried to leave my comfort zone and push myself more than ever. It's not really that my style has changed; I've just concentrated on writing good songs.

But a lot has happened since you've been away. Daddy Yankee and Juanes blew up; Ricky Martin, Alejandro Sanz and Chayanne had huge records. Do you worry that people won't care about you?

If I told you I wasn't afraid, I'd be lying. I'm not that sure of myself, you know. I mean, I'm confident that I've put a lot of work and heart into my new music, but am I confident that it'll do good? I'm not.

What did you do to deal with that fear?

These thoughts about having been out of the public eye for so long would come into my head as I was working, and I would have to tell myself I'd rather wait two more years than put out something that I'm not 100 percent sure about. That's what made me calm down a little bit.

How did you get involved in the Live Earth concert?

I saw the documentary [An Inconvenient Truth] and wanted to get involved, so I had my manager make some calls. I was never a big Al Gore fan, but after the documentary I viewed him differently. He explained everything so well and it became obvious to me that there's such a major environmental problem.

How did that affect you personally?

What I got from it wasn't like, "If you fly on private planes, stop." It wasn't about changing your whole lifestyle, but about the little things you can do—like not leaving your charger on after your cell phone is charged—that, if everyone started doing them, would make a substantial difference.

Live Earth will put you back on the map—literally—in a big way. So what's your favorite part of being famous?

That I can get ladies. [Laughter] No, seriously: My favorite part is that I've never been overwhelmed by fame.

OK, but let's go back to mujeres. What do you find sexy in a woman?

No matter how beautiful the person is, if it's just physical, it would go away in, like, three months. My girlfriend [Anna Kournikova] is extremely smart and clever, and a good person. It's the only serious relationship I've ever had. Five years for me is like 80 years for you. I'm not the easiest guy in the world, and I don't have the easiest job in the world.

Speaking of relationships, how's your relationship with Dad?

The person I admire most in my life would have to be my father, because of what he's been through and what he's created. [Julio Iglesias turned to music when doctors told him he might never walk again after a serious car accident.]

Really? I thought you had a difficult time with him because he wasn't around when you were growing up...

That doesn't mean I don't admire him and respect him. But I never had a difficult time about him being away a lot. I completely understood my dad's job, what he had to do. I knew perfectly well that he was trying to give his children a better life.

Do you see yourself having a family some day?

Yeah, in the far future. I realized that my family can have kids at 90 [Enrique's late paternal grandfather fathered a baby at 90 in 2005], so I'm going to wait till I'm 90!

—reporting by Jordan Levin


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