Enrique Iglesias really laid himself out there Thursday night at a Gilt City meet-and-greet event at SL Miami at The James Royal Palm. We found out some interesting factoids about the local singer, who came to Miami from Spain when he was 9.
The Hero singer, in his signature baseball cap and jeans, may have been so open because he admitted he had thrown back a few. We get it: The Spaniard is the face of Atlantico Rum, which was seriously flowing at the $50-a-head bash, where he also previewed his new single, I’m A Freak.
The only topic not discussed (bummer!): longtime girlfriend Anna Kournikova, who was not in attendance. But we got a lot of dirt, anyway:
Of all your hits, which one is a favorite?
Well, the bigger the hit, the more I like it. For some reason, when you have a hit song you just wake up and you smile a little more, your girlfriend loves you a little more, you get more calls. Everything feels better. Whenever you write a song and people gravitate towards it, it feels so so good that it’s scary. I Like It is one of my favorites. I literally changed record companies because of that song. At the time the record company I was with, they didn’t believe in it. I don’t want to say that they thought the song was s--t. They just didn’t think the song was good.
What do you like to do when you’re home in Miami?
I love the water. I love the ocean. I go water-skiing. I go fishing. If there’s not a lot of paparazzi, I go skinny dipping. I won’t tell you where because it would ruin my career. There’s not a lot to show off.
When you were a little kid, when did the power of music sink in?
I mean, obviously, I grew up in a musical family because of my father [ Julio Iglesias]. But there were specific moments: I remember coming here when I was 9 and going to a Bruce Springsteen concert, Born in the USA Tour. I just remember that being one of those moments when I said, ‘Wow.’ I didn’t really know so much about Bruce at that time and I just thought, ‘I wish I could be that guy for a few minutes.’ I’ve still never met him, but he’s a dream collaboration.
Do you still get nervous when you go on stage?
I do. I get nervous all the time. I have a little rum just to relax. As long as I don’t get too drunk that I forget the lyrics! I just try to have fun. You know what I try to think about? I say, ‘Imagine this is the last show. This is the last time you are going to go up on stage and people have paid money to see you sing the songs that you wrote.’ To me that is unbelievable because I would honestly do it for free.
What would you name your first child?
This is going to sound awful [laughs]. I have two dogs, Jack and Lucas, and I love those names. I like Max too …
I’m outgoing. I get along with people.
My worst defect is from my waist down [laughs]. I’m sorry, no. I can be moody and I’m not a morning person. I’m definitely not a morning person.