NEW YORK — Gloria Estefan has revealed that, on the age of 9, she was sexually abused by somebody her mom trusted.

The Cuban-American celebrity spoke for the primary time publicly concerning the abuse and its results on her throughout an episode of the Facebook Watch present “Red Table Talk: The Estefans” that aired Thursday.

“He was family, but not close family. He was in a position of power because my mother had put me in his music school and he immediately started telling her how talented I was and how I needed special attention, and she felt lucky that he was focusing this kind of attention on me,” the singer stated.

Estefan, who was born in Cuba and moved to Miami along with her household when she was a toddler, revealed the abuse on the high of the present, which featured Clare Crawley, the primary Latina “Bachelorette.” On the episode, called “Betrayed by Trusted Adults,” Crawley talked about youngster abuse she skilled by the hands of a priest.


The Associated Press doesn’t usually establish victims of sexual abuse except they comply with be named or share their tales publicly.

Gloria Estefan is seen in London, April 7, 2019. (Karwai Tang/WireImage)

Gloria Estefan is seen in London, April 7, 2019. (Karwai Tang/WireImage)

Sitting on the spherical crimson desk along with her co-hosts — daughter Emily Estefan and niece Lili Estefan — Estefan opened by saying that “93% of abused children know and trust their abusers, and I know this, because I was one of them.”

“You’ve waited for this moment a long time,” her niece instructed her.

“93% of abused children know and trust their abusers, and I know this, because I was one of them.”

— Gloria Estefan

“I have,” Estefan replied.

The three held fingers with teary eyes.

She didn’t identify her abuser however described how she tried to cease him. She stated the abuse began little by little earlier than transferring quick, and that she knew that she was in a harmful scenario after confronting him.

“I told him, ‘This cannot happen, you cannot do this.’ He goes: ‘Your father’s in Vietnam, your mother’s alone and I will kill her if you tell her,’” Estefan stated. “And I knew it was crazy, because at no point did I ever think that it was because of me that this was happening. I knew the man was insane and that’s why I thought he might actually hurt my mother.”

Estefan stated she began making up excuses to keep away from going to music classes. Her daughter Emily requested if her grandmother had any inkling one thing was happening. People didn’t speak about these issues again then, Estefan replied.

She tried to achieve her dad, with whom she exchanged voice tapes whereas he was posted in Vietnam.

Recordings in Spanish from when Estefan was 9 have been performed on the present with English subtitles:

Gloria: “I’m taking guitar lessons. I like them but the exercises are a little hard.”

Her dad: “Mommy told me that the owner of the academy where you’re taking your guitar lessons is very proud of you.”

Gloria: “I like the notes, but it’s a little boring to study the notes”.

Her dad: “Mommy tells me that he said that you are a born artist.”

Estefan stated the extent of tension made her lose a “circle of hair.”

“I couldn’t take it anymore,” she stated, so one night time she ran to her mom’s bed room at 3 a.m. and instructed her what was happening.

Her mom referred to as the police, however the officers suggested her to not press expenses as a result of the trauma of testifying could be too dangerous.

Both Crawley and Estefan stated throughout the present that they didn’t wish to be referred to as victims. Crawley referred to as herself a survivor.

Estefan stated she didn’t inform the producers she was going to disclose her story on Thursday’s episode. No one knew concerning the abuse aside from her household, stated the singer, who has been married to music producer Emilio Estefan for over 4 a long time.

She additionally stated that, when her mom began inquiring about this man inside the household, an aunt shared that he had abused her years again in Cuba.

The Associated Press requested the present’s publicist if Estefan may reply some questions, together with if the person was nonetheless alive. The publicist instructed the AP that she wouldn’t make additional feedback.

On “Red Table Talk,” Estefan recalled nearly going public within the mid-80s, when her hit “Conga” with the Miami Sound Machine was on the high of the Billboard charts and “this predator, who was a respected member of the community,” had the audacity to put in writing a letter to a paper criticizing her music.

“At that moment, I was so angry that I was about to blow the lid off of everything,” she stated. “And then I thought: ‘My whole success is gonna turn into him!

“It’s manipulation and management, however that’s what they do, they take your energy,” she added, also admitting the fear that there could be other victims makes her feel bad.

After introducing Crawley and telling her that she didn’t want to sit quietly while she shared her story, Estefan said she had been waiting for the right opportunity and space to tell hers.

The show was that space.

“This is without doubt one of the the explanation why I stated sure to the ‘(Red) Table (Talk)’ in any respect, as a result of we wished to create this house the place we speak about vital issues that hopefully will make a distinction to everyone that’s watching on the market.”