Singer Gloria Estefan reveals sexual abuse at age 9


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Singer Gloria Estefan speaks during an interview at the London Coliseum Theater in London, Britain, April 9, 2019.

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Latin singer Gloria Estefan has revealed she was sexually abused at the age of 9 by a music teacher who was part of her family.

The “Turn the Beat Around” singer first spoke about the abuse in an episode of “Red Table Talk: The Estefans” which was posted to Facebook Watch on Thursday.

She did not identify the man but said he threatened to kill his mother if she spoke about the abuse.

“He was part of the family, but not close family. He was in a position of power because my mom put me in her music school and he immediately started telling her how talented I was and how much I needed special attention and she got it. felt lucky that he was focusing that kind of attention on me, ”said Estefan, now 64.

“I told him, ‘This can’t happen, you can’t do this.’ He said: ‘Your father is in Vietnam, your mother is alone and I will kill her if you tell her,’ “the musician added.

Estefan said that when she finally told her mother, she called the police, but they discouraged the family from pursuing the case due to the trauma Estefan would have to experience testifying.

“It’s the one thing I feel bad about knowing there must have been other casualties,” the singer said.

Estefan, who was born in Cuba and went to Miami when he was young, went on to become one of the biggest Latin pop stars of the 1980s and 1990s, with hits like “Conga” and “Get On Your Feet” .

The Facebook Watch show is hosted by Estefan, her daughter Emily and her niece Lili, and covers personal stories as well as broader topics.

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