Summary 2023: Julio Iglesias celebrated his 80th birthday like a true crook, a gentleman

2023 has been a very special year for Julio Iglesias. On September 23 he turned 80 and he did so, one more year, alongside Miranda Rijnsburger, who turned 58 on October 5. He has been married to the Dutch woman since 2010, after two decades of relationship.

The singer has lived away from the cameras for years in his mansions in the exclusive Indian Creek, in Miami, halfway between the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic. Rumors about his state of health have been a constant in recent years: “For those who have raised doubts about my health, I would tell them that I am MMD, but for the people who truly love me for so many years, I would tell them that I have never had my mind clearer,” shared the interpreter of Hey on his Instagram account at the end of May of this year.

On the occasion of his 80th birthday, the artist also left some reflections in his leading magazine, where in March, surprisingly, he came out in defense of Isabel Preysler: “I was not born to be a singer; in reality, I don't know why I was born.” , but I have had many circumstances in my life, which have changed everything,” he recalled, referring to his time at Real Madrid before becoming a singer.

Since his retirement, Miranda She also wrote her husband some words of love: “Dear Julio, on this special day, on your 80th birthday, I want to tell you how much I love you and how grateful I am to have a man as incredible as you by my side during these 33 wonderful years.” “We have shared laughter, tears, adventures and we have created a beautiful family with our five beloved children.”

A scoundrel, a gentleman

For several decades we knew Julio Iglesias as Julio. As is well. There was no other Julio. He brought together all the glamor that can be found in those photographs of his residences in Miami, the Bahamas or the Dominican Republic. He posed barefoot, dressed in white linen, with those mandarin collar shirts, his skin tanned all year round and a smile with perfect nuclear teeth.

The life of the Madrid artist is punctuated by macro figures: 3,000 lovers attributed to him, according to the magazine Maxim. Among other, Vaitiare, Giannina Facio and actress Sydne Rome. Eight children (all three Isabel Preysler and five with Miranda) and the paternity that he claimed Javier Sanchezwhose DNA test was rejected by the judge.

Beyond his eventful love life, the singer has always been a star. He has always lived in the spotlight and has taken extreme care of his image, his hair and his tan. Flirty and manic, he posed in front of the cameras showing his good profile. He is also a pleasure activist. He loves the mundane, earthly pleasure, wine and Galician seafood cooked to perfection.

His father, kidnapped by ETA

In 1981, his father, Dr. Iglesias Puga, was kidnapped by ETA. After 20 days of captivity, the police find him in Trasmoz, Zaragoza. This dramatic episode causes his children to move to their house in Miami. The media of the time published that the singer earned around 3,000 million pesetas just in copyright and intellectual property rights (about 18 million euros). “I don't know how much money I have,” he once told Iñaki Gabilondo, just as he collected Blood ties.

It is impossible to ignore the role that Dr. Iglesias Puga, Papuchi, played in Julio's life. The gynecologist, divorced from Rosario de la Cueva, fell in love again. From his comings and goings, it was Ronna Keith, 48 years younger than him, who occupied his heart. They had two children: James and little Ruth. Papuchi, who went viral with his “weird, weird, weird,” was 90 years old when he got Ronna pregnant. The baby was born shortly after the doctor's death, in 2005.

Real Madrid, in the heart

Iglesias' heart is divided: half belongs to music, with which he turns 55, and the other half is for Real Madrid. The accident he suffered in 1962 cut short his career as a footballer for the white club. During his recovery, he devoted himself to a guitar, his poems and his songs. It was then when he composed what would be one of his most emblematic hits, Gwendolyne.

Then came the Benidorm International Song Festival. In 1968 he proclaimed himself the winner with Life goes on and there began the career of crooner more international Spanish. He reached the top of music as the Latin artist who has sold the most albums in history, with more than 300 million. He has recorded in 14 languages ​​and released 80 albums. Among the multiple Grammys, he has other recognitions, such as the Gold Medal for Merit in the Fine Arts of Spain, the Legion of Honor of France and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Among his hits, with the same stone, I forgot to live, I'm a scoundrel, I am a gentleman, From girl to woman, I like it, I like it o Quixote.