Singer Enrique Iglesias and tennis superstar turned entrepreneur Anna Kournikova have long been stars on their own merits, but when they occasionally lifted the veil and gave their many fans a glimpse at their very secretive lives together, everyone was thirsty for more information. The pair has been very good at keeping their romance private for nearly two decades now. The biggest surprise came just recently, however.
The Biggest Surprise Of All
Even with their best efforts, it was impossible for a pair as famous as Enrique Iglesias and Anna Kournikova to keep their relationship under wraps permanently, especially in today’s society, with most stars updating social media accounts on their latest happenings 24/7. Still, Enrique and Anna really surprised even their biggest fans when they revealed a secret in December 2017 that they had kept a surprise for nearly a year!
Enrique Iglesias may seem like he has once in a lifetime talent, but he’s actually part of a family that’s full of singing ability. His father, Julio Iglesias, is a legendary singer. Enrique was born in 1975 in Spain and undoubtedly faced huge expectations right away due to who his father was. He would ultimately succeed, but not without a few bumps along the road.
Many people would want to use the connections their parents have earned in order to gain attention and follow in their footsteps, but Enrique Iglesias wanted no part of that. In fact, he actually submitted his first demos to record companies using an alias, so that he wouldn’t receive attention due to who his father was. In 1995, he released his first album.
Taking The Throne
From his humble beginnings, Enrique Iglesias quickly ascended to the point where many called him the King of Latin Pop. In 2001, he made sure that he backed up all the talk with his fifth album, which was titled Escape. It was only Enrique’s second English-language album, but it certainly did the trick, ultimately becoming his most successful release yet.
Keeping It Going
Enrique Iglesias has not slowed down since his breakthrough in the US, continuing to appeal to the entire world with albums such as 2010’s Euphoria and 2014’s Sex and Love. By now, he has a successful music career that has spanned over 20 years in which he has sold millions of records and won countless awards.
Young And Determined
Anna Kournikova also knew that she wanted to be successful at a young age. At just five years old, Anna started playing tennis seriously and found that she truly loved the sport. From that moment, she knew that she wouldn’t let anything stand in her way as she pursued her goal of becoming a tennis star one day.
Anna Kournikova worked hard and won a number of junior tournaments before turning pro in 1995 (the same year that Enrique released his first album!). She competed in the U.S. Open at 15 years old and made it to the fourth round of the prestigious tournament, which attracted the attention of tennis aficionados everywhere.
The best was still to come for Anna. She would play in Wimbledon the next year, making it to the semi-finals of the most famous tennis tournament in the sport. She also had a lot of doubles success with long-time partner Martina Hingis, who she won a pair of Australian Open doubles trophies with over the years.
Unfortunately, injuries slowed down Anna Kournikova’s ability to play at a top level. She had a left foot stress fracture, recurring back problems, and other injuries. She attempted to soldier on but was finally forced to retire from the sport of tennis in 2003. She decided after that to focus her efforts on modeling, acting, and business.
Sign Of Things To Come
In 2001, Anna would appear in one of Enrique’s music videos for his song “Escape.” It was the first sign that something might be going on between the two stars. Anna had been linked to hockey stars Pavel Bure and Sergei Fedorov, and Enrique was suspected to be a ladies’ man. However, anyone who watched the video could see that there was a spark between the two of them.
Although we know now that Enrique and Anna became involved with one another sometime around the filming of the video, at the time, it was a big secret. Plenty of fans and journalists were circulating rumors and speculation, but nobody knew for sure. When Iglesias spoke about her when talking about the making of the music video, he was very coy, saying only that he was “a big fan.”
Very Kind Words
He would go on to say that “a lot of guys want to meet her,” including himself, since she was so beautiful and talented. But then he just said she did a great job in the video and left it at that. You have to wonder what was really going on at the time because the two of them definitely did a great job of keeping their relationship under wraps!
In the many years since surprisingly little has changed. Even though they’ve been photographed and seen together many times, they’ve both managed to dodge questions about whether they’re married or how serious their relationship is. That’s a really special achievement in today’s environment of oversharing! However, shocking news eventually came about that not even they could hide!
In December 2017, news got out that even the world’s most private couple couldn’t hope to keep under wraps for long. TMZ broke the story that Enrique and Anna had become parents to twins, named Lucy and Nicholas. Fans of the two stars were absolutely stunned, considering the fact that none of them knew that Anna was even pregnant!
Top Secret Pregnancy
Amazingly, Enrique and Anna were able to keep the pregnancy quiet for nine months, even with the paparazzi around, gossiping friends, and other potential leaks for that type of information. One person in the pair’s circle of friends said that she had heard several months before that Anna was pregnant but that the pair was “keeping it very, very undercover.” That’s an understatement!
Inside Their Private Lives
The two aren’t exactly reclusive; they just don’t always want to be in the spotlight. The same friend who knew about the pregnancy said that they’re a private couple, but love to hang out with their family members and friends. The friend added that though they keep to themselves, they are also very generous when it comes to local charities and community involvement.
Like every Spanish mother, however, Enrique’s mother Isabel has a more candid way to explain it. “Anna has not had to hide herself,” she pointed out. “She leads a very simple life and is a homebody.” The explanation makes it clear that Anna isn’t hiding from anyone; she just likes to keep things simple. You can’t blame her for that.
A Hint At The Future
Anna Kournikova gave a little hint at the future way back in 2011 when she discussed parenthood in an interview. She said that she would “absolutely” love to have children and would even be open to adopting. “I love taking care of people,” she added. That sounds like the perfect quality you’d want in a mother, right?
Nothing’s Too Much
As you might expect, nothing is too much for the couple’s beloved babies. First-time parents are always highly protective of their children, but Enrique and Anna may have set an all-new standard, as rumors have abounded that the pair spent a lofty $600,000 just to childproof their spacious home. That’s a lot of baby gates!
Completely Safe Environment
Of course, $600,000 gets you a lot more than some safety socket plugs and baby gates. The couple not only installed child barriers around their swimming pool but also added a 16-foot wall around their entire residence in order to provide not only safety but also privacy to their young children as they play and grow.
Ready For A Family
Although it’s probably obvious that their fans would love to have more of a glimpse into the lives of Enrique, Anna, and their two new babies, it’s hard to fault the family for wanting to enjoy their privacy. As mentioned before, keeping a pregnancy so secret is nearly impossible, especially as a celebrity, so they must be doing something right!