Real celebrities, real people: Quotes by music’s biggest Latino stars

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    Quotes by Latino stars…

    They say the rich really are different from the rest of us. Is the same true for celebrities? Living life in the constant spotlight certainly must have an effect on one’s ego and psyche, and stars spend a lot of time trying to tell us how they’re just like everyone else. Except for their wealth, fame and adoration of millions, of course.

    Here are some notable quotes from our favorite Latino stars and other celebs, on life, love, career, identity, and how they’re really “just like us.”

    Quotes from music’s biggest Latino stars


    Shakira, Quotes by music’s biggest Latino stars

    Shakira (Twitter/@shakiramedia)

    “My songs are the reflection of how I think and how I feel in that moment. But I’m conscious of the fact that artists have a responsibility before the masses and they have to take care with their words.”

    “I am trying to make my accent so it won’t bother anyone, but I am not going to drive myself crazy trying to pretend I am an American girl when I am from Colombia.”

    “I prefer an ugly truth to a pretty lie. If someone is telling me the truth that is when I will give my heart.”

    “I always believed that women have rights and that there are some women that are intelligent enough to claim those rights. There are some others that are stupid enough not to.”

    “The worst mistake of a woman is to go to the kitchen, because then she never gets out of there.”


    Madonna, Shakira, Quotes by music’s biggest Latino stars

    Madonna (Photo Shutterstock)

    “I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.”

    “A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. That’s why they don’t get what they want.”

    “I stand for freedom of expression, doing what you believe in, and going after your dreams.”

    “I laugh at myself. I don’t take myself completely seriously. I think that’s another quality that people have to hold on to… you have to laugh, especially at yourself.”

    Jennifer Lopez

    Jennifer Lopez, Quotes by music’s biggest Latino stars

    Jennifer Lopez (Photo by Rick Scuteri/Invision/AP)

    “It’s a shame to call somebody a ‘diva’ simply because they work harder than everybody else.”

    “My parents wanted me to be a lawyer. But I don’t think I would have been very happy. I’d be in front of the jury singing.”

    “People assume I’m out there having this great life, but money doesn’t erase the pain… When you’re young you barrel through life, making choices without thinking of repercussions. A few years down the line, you wake up in a  certain place and wonder how the hell you got there.”

    “There’s only one person in this world I’m in competition with – myself.”

    “If you don’t love yourself, you can’t love anybody else. And I think as women we really forget that.As women, we tend to give away a lot. We take care of a lot of people, and we can’t forget to take care of ourselves.”

    “I only do what my gut tells me to. I think it’s smart to listen to other people’s advice, but at the end of the day, you’re the only one who can tell you what’s right for you.”

    “I’d be stupid not to take into consideration that there are certain things people will not consider me for because my name is Lopez. And I know I can do any kind of role. I don’t want anybody to say, ‘Oh, she can’t pull this off.’ So those are barriers that you have to overcome.”

    Ricky Martin

    Ricky Martin, Quotes by music’s biggest Latino stars

    Ricky Martin (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen)

    “When someone isn’t ready we must not try to force them out. People are being bullied and committing suicide because they’re gay and it’s horrible.”

    “I need to tell the world what I’m about, my nature, because not doing so would be teaching my children how to lie. I didn’t want it to be.”

    “I always wanted to be a father. I have a beautiful relationship with my dad and beautiful memories. I always knew I was going to have a family.”

    “When I’m onstage or in front of the cameras, I am “Ricky”; but in private, I am “Kiki,” a man who each day confronts the challenges of life, just like everybody else.”


    Beyonce, Quotes by music’s biggest Latino stars

    Beyonce (AP Photo/Parkwood Entertainment, Robin Harper)

    “Trust is really important, just in relationships in general. I really don’t like people that aren’t real people around me at all. I don’t like people that are ‘yes’ people. I don’t like people that tell me what they think I want to hear.”

    “If I weren’t performing, I’d be a beauty editor or a therapist. I love creativity, but I also love to help others. My mother was a hairstylist, and they listen to everyone’s problems – like a beauty therapist!”

    “I wanted to sell a million records, and I sold a million records. I wanted to go platinum; I went platinum. I’ve been working nonstop since I was 15. I don’t even know how to chill out. ”

    Carlos Santana

    Carlos Santana, Quotes by music’s biggest Latino stars

    Carlos Santana

    “My job in this life is to give people spiritual ecstasy through music. In my concerts people cry, laugh, dance. If they climaxed spiritually, I did my job. I did it decently and honestly.”

    “My dad’s a beautiful man, but like a lot of Mexican men, or men in general, a lot of men have a problem with the balance of masculinity and femininity – intuition and compassion and tenderness – and get overboard with the macho thing. It took him a while to become more, I would say, conscious, evolved.”

    Gloria Estefan

    Gloria_Estefan, Quotes by music’s biggest Latino stars

    Gloria Estefan

    “Having felt people’s love and support first hand through difficult moments in my life makes me feel it’s our responsibility to help one another.”

    “I think that the only way to teach is by example, as children will more easily follow what they see you do than what you tell them to do.”

    Marc Anthony

    Singer Marc Anthony, Quotes by music’s biggest Latino stars

    Marc Anthony  (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    I’m not a salsa singer who wants to sing in English, and I’m not this American kid who wants to sing Spanish.”

    “I’m not a traditional sonero, at least not in the way they want me to be, I’m an interpreter, and I reach people in a different level.”

    “I come from a pop background, but I’m also a Puerto Rican and I do feel this music. My approach to salsa is a humble one, and I defy anybody to prove that I’m faking it.”

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