Gloria and Emilio EstefanThe children follow in the footsteps of their talented parents. The Cuban power couple, who have been married for over 40 years, are the parents of two children. They welcomed their son, Nayib, in 1980, while their daughter, Emily, was born in 1994.
“I like the relationship we have now that they are adults,” Gloria said People in Spanish of her adult children. The Latina legend has a close relationship with both Nayib, a filmmaker and entrepreneur, and Emily, a singer-songwriter.
Seeing my children happy with what they are doing in their lives is the greatest gift I could receive and they both love what they do,” Gloria said of the talented two, who have respectfully made a name for themselves in the entertainment industry.
Over the years, the famous family has joined forces for numerous projects, such as Red Table Talk: The Este Fanstheir show featuring personal conversations between Emily, Gloria and her Emmy award– winning niece, lili.
Most recently the queen of latin pop worked with Emily and Nayib’s son, Sasha, to release Christmas from the Estefan family in October 2022. The multi-generational musicians will perform a song from the album on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year.
Here’s everything you need to know about Gloria and Emilio’s two adult children.
Emily is the Cuban-American daughter of Gloria and Emilio, born on December 5, 1994. Like her Latin American parents, she has pursued a career in the music industry, but the Berklee School of Music graduate has put a stop to it to forge her own identity as an artistalso.
The singer-songwriter released her debut album Take what you want in 2017, with a completely different sound compared to the Latin spiced ballads her mother is known for. When speaking with People in Spanish, Emily described the tracks as “soul and R&B” with “little snippets of [her] Latino pride in unexpected areas.”
The album appeared on four Billboard Graphs upon release, including Hip Hop, R&B, Independent and Heatseekers. She also released music videos for the singles “F#ck to Be”, “Reigns (Every Night)” and “Purple Money”.
In addition to singing and songwriting, Emily is a drummer, guitarist, producer and podcast host. After graduation, she founded the indie label Alien Shrimp Records, which signed a multi-year distribution deal with Sony’s RED in 2016.
While the emerging talent certainly has Gloria’s unwavering support in the music scene, she also has her mother by her side in all aspects of her life. In 2017, Emily came out publicly she shared a photo with her partnerGemeny Hernandez.
During an episode of Red Table Talk: The Este Fans, Gloria spoke of her own experience coming to terms with her daughter’s sexuality. “We had no idea,” the Latina legend admitted during their conversation. “You say, ‘How could we not have known?’ It’s not that we didn’t suspect at times.”
She added: “You said to me, ‘Mom, I’m not gay… because that wasn’t the word in your mind for who you were.’ Emily replied, “I was also figuring out who I amNow Emily is starting to see that “regrets are a waste of time” but revealed she’s “still on that journey”.
Nayib is the son of Gloria and Emilio, born on September 2, 1980. A musician in his own right, the former student of Los Angeles Film School also pursued a career in filmmaking and acting.
The Miami native has appeared in movies such as Punks and Yearbookplus has a soundtrack credit in the short film selected by Sundance The sun as a big dark animal. While he also opened a drive-in movie theater in his hometownhis music goes beyond film as he spins tunes and mixes beats under the moniker “DJ Monkey”.
Growing up in the shadow of Gloria and Emilio, Nayib – similar to his sister, Emily – was trying to find his “goal”, especially after experiencing an extraordinary childhood. “I’ve met a lot of incredible people, I’ve seen a lot of incredible things. I think I went around the world three times before I was a teenager,” he said Greensboro News and Record.
“I’m definitely a lot smarter now,” he revealed to the outlet in 2001. “I feel more comfortable in my own skin. I think I’ve kind of found what my purpose is. I tried to find that before, and I had issues.”
But while the creative has “found himself”, Nayib – unlike his sister, Emily – has tried distances himself from his parents’ famous nickname. (Hence “DJ Monkey.”) He explained, “I wanted to see if I could go out and pay my dues like any other DJ without people saying you were doing it because of your name.”
Despite the distance, family is still important to Nayib and he is grateful for the support of his parents. “I couldn’t have wished for a better life. My parents are amazing,” he continued Greensboro News and Record. “I learned a million things from my father. My mother, I wouldn’t even know where to tell you.”
Now Nayib has started a family of his own. He married Lara Diamante Estefan Coppola in 2010 and they share one child together, son Sascha – who also follows in the musical footsteps of the family! Gloria, Emily and Sasha answered Christmas from the Estefan familytheir first album together, and released it in October 2022.