Gloria Estefan explained why she didn’t want her daughter to come out to her grandmother in a new interview.
Back in 2017, Emily Estefan publicly came out as gay after she shared a heartfelt photo with her girlfriend, Geremy Herńandez, on Instagram.
Over the last few years, the ‘Queen of Latin Pop’ has shown support for her daughter in various interviews and social media posts.
While Gloria embraced her daughter’s sexuality with open arms, the two did experience a bump in their relationship when the Grammy winner was reluctant to have Emily come out to her mother – who passed away in 2017.
During a 2020 episode of the hit Facebook series, Red Table Talk: The Estefans, the beloved singer explained that her reasoning stemmed from her mother’s potentially negative reaction and her poor health.
“I know that it was coming from love, from protection. We needed to protect Abuela, but I needed you guys,” Emily responded at the time (per ET).
Two years after the episode aired, the Cut Both Ways singer gave further insight into her “complicated” reasoning during an interview with CNN’s Chris Wallace.
“In the Latin community, a lot of these subjects aren’t touched. They’re taboo. People see –– but they don’t want to talk about it, they don’t want to see it,” she said.
“Emily, I thought, would feel comfortable coming out to me. We’ve been very, very open about the support of the LGBTQ+ community our entire lives, and at the same time, I had a mother with ulcerative colitis that even if I brought up a bill – or something that was not even important – would get very upset.
“We’re all just families trying to get through the difficult moments in life. Life is complicated, life is tough.”
Fortunately, the mother-daughter duo have since healed from the situation after Gloria apologised, and the two went to joint therapy.
“Sometimes it’s just an objective ear that is not emotionally invested in your pain that is important. For Emily and me, it was incredibly useful to have someone there while we were discussing things and pointing things out. It was healing,” she explained in an additional interview with The Sunday Times.