It has been more than a decade since tennis pro Anna Kournikova started dating pop singer Enrique Iglesias, but she still has yet to meet his father, legendary crooner Julio Iglesias.
The tennis star, who retired in 2007, has been in a relationship with Enrique for nearly 13 years. They met in 2001 when she starred in the video for his single “Escape,” and while there had been times when the pair was reported to have split up, the couple would still be seen together. Enrique, 38, and Anna, 32, reside in a waterfront mansion on a private island in Miami.
Anna has met Julio Iglesias’ wife, the Dutch model Miranda Rijnsburger and their children, but has yet to be introduced to the head of the Iglesias family. Enrique, born in 1975, is Iglesias’ third son with first wife Isabel Preysler. His other siblings include socialite Chabeli, born in 1971, and singer Julio Jr., born in 1973.
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“My kids are very independent and it is difficult to see Enrique because he is all over the world,” said Iglesias, by way of explaining why he hasn't met his son’s ladylove.
“He is a super guy…clever and very charming,” Iglesias remarked. He admits that it is not easy for a son to follow his father’s footsteps, and though Enrique’s music is very different from his own classical ballads, he is nonetheless proud of what his son has accomplished, even saying that “Enrique is in the same class like Michael Douglas and Liza Minnelli.”
Enrique might be grooving to pop beats and his dad may be more into slow seduction, but the older Iglesias is proud to say what they both have in common: nothing but el amor, love. To illustrate, he lists some big names in music: Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Elvis, and The Beatles. Their songs are “always about love.”
Of Enrique’s girlfriend, the Spanish singer had this to say: “Anna is very beautiful.” He added, “They have good taste, my kids.”
'Escape': When Anna Met Enrique
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