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WASHINGTON, Aug. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Grammy Award-winning Cuban-American powerhouses Gloria and Emilio Estefan have made their way to the top of the charts for more than thirty years. With more than 100 million albums sold, and a combined total of 26 Grammys, the beloved duo speak candidly about their personal and professional reinventions and their enduring 30-year romance in the August/September issue of AARP The Magazine. Says Gloria Estefan of her partner, "I always felt that we were meant to be together."
The following are excerpts from the August/September issue of the AARP The Magazine cover story featuring Gloria Estefan, available in homes August 1st and online NOW with an exclusive free music download of her new single from the forthcoming album, "The Standards," at www.aarp.org/magazine.
** Quotes from Gloria Estefan **
On how music helped her to cope with her father's multiple sclerosis diagnosis
"I wanted to be strong for my mom, but it was very tough for me. If there's ever been a dark moment in my life… well, I wanted to check out. Music was a big escape."
On embracing life at 50+
"This is the time in my life when I'm doing everything I want to do, when I want to do it. It's 'me time.'"
On the secret to their marriage
"He's kept me laughing and I think that's a big part of our relationship too and why it's been so good so long. Because if you can laugh with somebody, that's healing for sure."
On the qualities she most admires in her husband
"Oh my gosh, Emilio—he's a dreamer who makes things a reality."
"What really drew me to him was his incredible energy. He's a motivator and he certainly motivated me and everyone around him. He was my boss for a year so I really got to know him before we got together as a couple."
On keeping the romance alive
"Romance is a part of our life every minute. My favorite thing is when he leaves on a trip I will find a little note somewhere I didn't expect: 'I love you baby' either next to my toothbrush or on our pillow."
On recovering from nearly severing her spinal cord in a 1990 bus accident
"I learned firsthand the power of prayer. People will never realize how much their good thoughts helped me."
On feeling a connection to her native Cuba
"There's something that pulls me to Cuba and its plight, even though I've been here for more than 50 years. That love of a homeland that no longer is the same reaches into every aspect of who I am."
On what she is most proud of
"What I'm most proud of is that our kids love us—every time my son hangs up the phone 'Mom I Love you.' My daughter as well she's an amazing human being and our son as well."
On turning her and Emilio's life together into a Broadway musical
"There are so many story lines. It's a universal story, it's an immigrant story, and it's a love story. In the United States, if you believe in yourself and you're determined and persevere, you're going to succeed."
** Quotes from Emilio Estefan **
On paying cash for the properties he owns
"My success is not about money. But the real estate—as an immigrant, you always want to have a backup. Something happens to you, you don't want your kids to go through what you went through."
On how music changed his life
"Music took me away from the pain. It took me nine years to raise enough to bring my mom and older brother from Cuba to Miami. That was nine years apart from my family."
On defying age stereotypes
"Age gives you something you cannot buy. It gives you wisdom, balance and peace."
"I'm doing the biggest things of my life right now."
On first love
"When you like somebody, it's about the smell, the eyes, the whole feel about the person. I don't believe in first love. I think you like the person but you need to get to know the person."
For the complete interview, along with behind the scenes video, check out http://www.aarp.org/magazine/.
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