November 21, 2019 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

VIDEO: Juan Gabriel, the gay Mexican megastar who sold 100 million albums, dies in Santa Monica


Juan Gabriel’s last video performance

BY TROY MASTERS | Juan Gabriel, the eccentric Mexican singer-songwriter, has died of an apparent heart-attack in Santa Monica. He was 66 years old.

Gabriel was Mexico’s leading singer-songwriter and top-selling musical artist, selling more than 100 million albums.

He sang passionately about love and heartbreak and his bouncy mariachi tunes became anthems of love, passion and pride throughout the Spanish speaking world.

He was always flamboyant and loved sequins and hot pink outfits made of silk, draping in turquoise blue or blaring yellow. He had an affinity for capes and loved to bounce and twirl around the stage.

Often called the “Mexican Elton John,” he was shy about revealing details of his private life and laughed off rumors that he was gay, famously telling a Univision reporter who asked “lo que se ve, no se pregunta” (“don’t ask about something that is obvious”).

Last year a video surfaced that allegedly showed the singer in an intimate setting with another man. In the video he rolled around the bed and the person filming it could be heard saying “Don’t make those ugly faces pa.” “Everyone is listening to you, you will not be able to show this,” the alleged Gabriel replies.

The Latin Times wrote: “Everything points to someone trying to blackmail the “Abrázame Muy Fuerte” singer and take him out of the closet. His sexuality has been a topic of question over his career, but he has never admitted it publicly. Although rumors around this side of him are persistent, fans and the media have grown to accept it as he is one of the biggest Mexican songwriters consistently topping charts and writing successful lyrics to other artists. The video is part of his private life and seems to have been taken years ago as he looks much younger. Juan Gabriel has nothing to be ashamed about and most like why he decided to release it himself.”

Related Posts

HEALTH&BEAUTY FEATURE: Relieving Sciatic Nerve Pain with Shevi at Body Rythm

October 1, 2019

October 1, 2019

Specialized Master Trainer, Shevi Baruch helps patients using Gyrotonic to reduce pain and improve their lives For twelve years, following...

HEALTH FEATURE: Helping Vaccine Sensitive Patients at Ananda Integrative Medicine

July 31, 2019

July 31, 2019

Vaccinating children who’ve had adverse reactions to shots.  By Sam Catanzaro  While kids are still in summer mode, parents have...

HEALTH FEATURE: The Link Between Hearing Loss and Dementia

July 31, 2019

July 31, 2019

Dr. Melissa Alexander helping patients minimize effects of hearing loss The ability to hear can have a significant impact on...

Santa Monica’s First Pride Celebration

May 30, 2019

May 30, 2019

Santa Monica’s first month-long Pride celebration unites local community, families and LGBTQ+ allies of all ages. Downtown Santa Monica, the...

HEALTH FEATURE: Hearing Aid Technology at Alexander Audiology

May 2, 2019

May 2, 2019

Hearing aids in the 21st century with Dr. Melissa Alexander Hearing aids have come leaps and bounds just within the...

Edify TV: SaMo Pride

April 26, 2019

April 26, 2019

Get ready to raise awareness and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community as Downtown Santa Monica, Santa Monica Pier and Santa Monica...

The Future of E-Learning

April 14, 2019

April 14, 2019

By Nektar Baziotis Distance learning is as old as the 18th century when teachers would send their students weekly lessons...

“The L Word” Gang Moves to Silverlake?!

February 26, 2019

February 26, 2019

And 9 other exclusive reveals about the reboot season of “The L Word” Fans of “The L Word” rejoiced last...

HEALTH FEATURE: Holistic Approach of Ananda Integrative Medicine

February 25, 2019

February 25, 2019

By Staff Writer From spin classes, to juice cleanses, Westsiders are known for being on top of the latest health...

HEALTH FEATURE: Wide-Ranging Benefits of Oxygen Therapy

February 24, 2019

February 24, 2019

By Staff Writer Just because you breathe in enough oxygen to survive, your brain and other organs may not be...

HEALTH FEATURE: Treating Hearing Loss at Alexander Audiology

February 21, 2019

February 21, 2019

The importance of addressing hearing damage. By Staff Writer People from all around the world travel to Los Angeles, in...

Top 10 LGBTQ+ News Stories of 2018

January 2, 2019

January 2, 2019

2018 was a busy year in the LGBTQ+ community. While the familiar topics of national Gay rights and international marriage...

SMC Music Dept. to Honor World AIDS Day

December 4, 2018

December 4, 2018

In honor of the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day this year, the Santa Monica College Music Department will premiere...