Gloria Estefan Bravely Shares Her Story Of Being Sexually Abused…


On the new episode of “Red Table Talk: The Estefans,” Gloria Estefan talked about being sexually abused by a “predator” when she was just 9 years old.

Gloria Estefan, 64, disclosed for the first time on the Sept. 30 episode of Red Table Talk: The Estefans that she was sexually molested when she was 9 years old. The Cuban-American singer told her niece Lili Estefan and daughter Emily Estefan her highly personal story, explaining that she was abused by “someone my mother trusted.” “He was family, but not close relatives,” she noted.

“He was in a position of power because my mother had enrolled me in his music school, and he immediately began telling her how talented I was and how I required particular attention, and she felt fortunate that he was concentrating this type of attention on me,” Gloria continued. When the abuse began, the singer stated she “understood this was a really dangerous situation.” Gloria’s mother, Gloria Fajardo, was threatened with death when she “revolted” against her abuser, whose name she did not reveal.

“He said, ‘Your father is in Vietnam, your mother is alone, and if you tell her, I will kill her,’” Gloria recalled on the family chat program. “And I knew it was ridiculous because I never once thought it was because of me that this was occurring. I knew the man was insane, which is why I was afraid he’d hurt my mother,” she continued.

Gloria then described how she kept the abuse hidden from her loved ones for a long time, but that the burden of doing so eventually caught up with her. “A circle of hair fell out of my head as a result of my anxiety.” “I finally raced to my mother’s room one morning at 3 a.m. because I couldn’t stand it any longer,” she explained. “And I informed her of the situation.”

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Gloria added that when her mother discovered the truth, she immediately phoned the cops. Surprisingly, the authorities recommended Gloria against filing charges against her abuser. Gloria “was going to go through harsher trauma having to go on a stand,” according to the singer’s rationale. “And that’s the one thing I feel horrible about,” Gloria continued, “knowing there must have been more victims.”

The singer of “Turn The Beat Around” stated she had considered going public with her story before, particularly following her 1985 hit “Conga.” Gloria, on the other hand, chose not to do so when the “predator” wrote a letter to a newspaper denouncing her music. “Then I realized, ‘My entire success is going to turn into him!’” she explained. “It’s all about manipulation and control, but that’s exactly what they do; they take your power.”

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Gloria wasn’t the only victim of sexual abuse who spoke up during the show. Clare Crawley appeared on the show with the Estefans and said that she was molested as a child by a Catholic priest. Clare warned the other ladies, “I suppose these predators bank on us being silent.”

“These predators rely on us not saying anything or opening our mouths, which gives them the upper hand. That’s why, after 39 years, instead of allowing it to have a negative impact on me, I asked myself, “How do I reclaim my power?”

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