Parenting can be tough, even for music veterans.
Singer Gloria Estefan, in a new episode of the HBO Max and CNN series, “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace?”, opened up about Wallace being reluctant to let her daughter Emily visit her grandmother before she died. (CNN and HBO Max share parent company Warner Bros. Discovery.)
In 2020, Estefan and Emily talk about the conflict on “Red Table Talk: The Estefans”. At that point, Estefan explained her reasoning, noting that she was not embarrassed, but had cautioned Emily about her approach out of concern for her mother’s health. He has since apologized to Emily.
“I told him to take it slow,” she told Wallace. “Don’t just sit him down and say, boom. Give him a minute to process.
Estefan shared additional details about her decision to publicly address what happened.
“In the Latin community, a lot of these topics aren’t touched upon, they’re taboo. People see, but they don’t want to talk about it, they don’t want to see it,” Estefan said. “And the whole point of doing those 20 episodes was, I have all these people who have loved and supported me over the years. And I want them to realize that we are all families trying to get through life’s tough times.
Estefan has since received “countless” letters from fans saying the show helped them come out to their parents, she said.
“Life is hard. Life is hard,” Estefan said. “And we wanted to share those things with people, so they can realize that these are conversations that we need to have. And it was really amazing. feedback.”
Estefan lauded her daughter, who is also a singer, for her strong will. The industry is tough for young musicians now, she said, but Emily is determined — she’s even featured on Estefan’s new album, “Estefan Family Christmas.”
“I have always told him to do what you are passionate about. You have to do what makes you happy,” Estefan said. “And that’s what she’s doing.”