Enrique Iglesias and Anna Kournikova don’t show up for public events, don’t give almost any interviews and don’t publish family photos on social media (however, this has changed a little in the past several years). This is why they are considered to be one of the most secretive couples in show business. But still, for 21 years, they have been living together happily, raising 3 children, and are an exemplary couple for other celebrities and ordinary people.
We at Impresionante decided to find out at least some details about the love story and found out what the secret of their happy relationship is.
Before Anna met Enrique Iglesias, she was already a famous tennis player. Even though she hadn’t won any singles titles, by 2000, she reached No. 8 in the world.
Enrique was quite a popular singer both in his country, Spain, and abroad. His “Bailamos” was released as a single and became a number one hit in the US.
In 2001, Iglesias released his second album in English, “Escape”. Dave Meyers, the director of the first single’s music video, also titled Escape, invited tennis star Anna Kournikova to appear in it. “She’s independent, she’s beautiful, she’s funny,” Enrique would say later about the stunning athlete.
In the video, there are a few spicy scenes where Enrique and Anna are kissing. Iglesias said in the behind-the-scenes video that he didn’t need to be a good actor to kiss Anna and look plausible.
This is why it’s not surprising that after the video was released, the press immediately decided they were dating. Reporters were constantly trying to catch them together. But they never confirmed that and didn’t appear together in public.
In 2002, Enrique and Anna confirmed that they were in a relationship, when they appeared at MTV Awards together. They were smiling and holding each other’s hands, posing as a couple on the red carpet for the first time.
Soon after that, they started living together in Miami, where Enrique already had some real estate. And they were trying really hard to keep their relationship out of the public attention. By the way, in all these years, there has been no information on whether they are married or if they ever had a wedding.
In an interview for Women’s Health, Anna said, “[Marriage] isn’t important to me. I’m in a happy relationship — that’s all that matters. I believe in commitment. I believe in being open and trusting each other and respecting each other completely.”
So, for many years, there were many rumors around Enrique’s and Anna’s break up, but those were never confirmed. In 2011, the singer said that he wants his personal life to be as private as possible, “And especially when you’re with someone who’s also famous and in the spotlight.”
When you have been with someone for such a long time, I don’t think a wedding is going to make a difference,” said the singer during an interview for CBS’ Sunday Morning show back in 2011. “It won’t make us happier.”
Kournikova also said on The Graham Norton Show that they had their ordinary-couple issues just like anybody else. Asked if Iglesias left his wet towels lying around, she said, “Yeah, and you find underwear, you know, everywhere and dirty socks and everything.”
In December 2017, Enrique and Anna have their first children, the twins Nicholas and Lucy. Anna’s pregnancy went unnoticed by the fans, and the announcement about having children was made by Iglesias during his concert in Budapest. This news took fans by surprise. “I became a father 12 weeks ago,” he told the crowd. “And I can absolutely tell you two things, without the slightest doubt, I love my babies. Actually, three things, I love my girl, and I love you guys for being here tonight.”
Soon after the twins were born, the famous parents started posting charming family photos on their social media. It seemed completely unexpected, considering how secretive they usually are.
And in January 2020, Anna had a 3rd child, daughter Mary. At around the same time, she added “Iglesias” to her Instagram profile name, starting rumors that they finally got married.
By the way, when journalists asked if Enrique changed diapers for his baby, the father of 3 said, “I actually do. I’m pretty hands on.”
He also said that he wants his children to follow in his mother’s steps, and not become musicians like him, “I can honestly tell you, if I had to pick one, definitely sports. I love sports. I love golf, I love tennis, and I would not mind seeing one of my little girls play tennis.”
This is what the singer tells about how their kids react to their father’s songs, “Whenever they hear one of my songs they can actually recognize my voice, which is pretty cool. But when they watch ‘Escape’, I think it does throw them off a little bit. ‘What is Mom doing there?’ you know, ‘with Dad’ you know? ‘When was this?’ It’s actually incredible to watch the expression on their faces. It’s pretty cool.”
Even though Anna posts some cute photos and videos with her children and husband on her social media, they are still reluctant to tell the reporters all about their personal lives, as other celebrities do.
As for the career, Anna retired from professional tennis in 2003 due to serious back and spinal problems, including a herniated disk. But she played in occasional exhibitions and doubles. Now, 41-year-old Anna is an American television personality.
And the singer who is 47 now still releases new singles, performs at concerts and remains a popular musician. He’s got the honorary King of Latin Pop title.
He says that the secret of a happy family relationship is about spending as much time together, “I’m fortunate enough at this time of my career that I can pick my schedule,” Enrique told the British press, “and make sure that I’m not away from the house more than two weeks in a row.”
What is your attitude to this famous and secretive couple? What is your secret of family happiness?