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Gloria Trevi

Gloria Trevino (born 1970) is a Mexican pop rock singer, who is better known in the entertainment world as Gloria Trevi, and whose life has been as controversial as her career as a singer has been successful. All of her scandals and controversies have made some people nickname her The Madonna of Mexico.

Trevi was born in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, to a house where supposedly there was violence and poverty. Trevi struggled to survive when she was little, the lack of food and money in her house being a challenge for her. But Gloria wanted to become an entertainer since she was little, and she began to learn poetry when she was five, and then she started taking ballet and piano lessons. Trevi's parents divorced when she was ten. There have been allegations that her mother mistreated her and tried to discourage her from being a singer. The veracity of those rumors, however, are not clear. The fact her mother has come out on international television recently pleading for Trevi to change her wild ways, makes those rumors look even more like just rumors.

Trevi left her home city at the age of twenty, arriving at Mexico City, and there, she met the also controversial manager Sergio Andrade, alleged child molestor and slave master. Before meeting Andrade, she worked singing and dancing on the streets for change money, as well as teaching ballet for twelve hours each day and serving tacos at a taco stand. Before that, in 1985, she was a member of a short lived girl group named Boquitas Pintadas (Little Colored Mouths).

In 1989, and with the help of Andrade, Trevi released her first album, named Y Que Hago Aqui? (But What am I Doing Here?). The album scored an instant number one hit for her, Dr. Siquiatra (Dr. Psychiatrist), and four other songs from that album went up on the charts too. She soon became known as a challenger to the machismo ideas of many of Mexico's men, breaking social standards and taking a feminist stand point on many of her songs, while exploring sexuality in away that not many female Mexican entertainers had done before her. Trevi would even bring unsuspecting male members of her public during her presentations to the stage and undress them. Despite the way she carried herself on stage, she was also able to become very popular among Mexico's and Latin American children. At that point of her career, it became common for many little girls and teenaged females to dress themselves like Gloria during her concerts.

Trevi, however, also carried herself to the public as a girl who could break up and cry at any minute and for anything she heard about. A lot of times, during her television interviews, the talk show host would mention her childhood and she'd go from acting happy to spreading her tears from one minute to the other.

She followed up her first record, with the 1991 album Angel De La Guardia (Guardian Angel), which became even more successful than the first one, her song Pelo Suelto (Loose Hair) becoming her most widely known hit and a number one hit all over Latin America and for the Latino population in the United States.

Trevi then filmed a movie, also named Pelo Suelto. In it, she participated with fellow wild living former world boxing champion Jorge Paez. The movie became a number one ticket hit, and Gloria was invited to tour at many countries. In 1992, she began a tour all over the Caribbean and South America, which took her to such countries like Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Argentina, Venezuela and Chile. She also released her first calendar, which was considered by many of her fans and critics to be very suggestive and sexually oriented. Meanwhile, she kept talking in public about such things as teen sex, abortion, drugs, AIDS, prostitution and anything that came into her mind.

Her third album was released in 1993, and it garnered her another hit, Zapatos Viejos (My Old Shoes). The album's name was Me Siento Tan Sola (I Feel so Lonely), and was taped in Los Angeles. She released a new calendar, which was, according to many of her fans, more suggestive than the first one. Then, her second movie, also named like her song, Zapatos Viejos, was released.

Trevi became more seclusive after that, and for years, all that was heard about her was rumors and questions. But then, in 1995, Sergio Andrade's former wife pubished a book about how Andrade allegedly would pick up teenaged girls and lure them into a web of sex and slavery by promising to make them superstars. According to the book, named De La Gloria Al Infierno (From Glory to Hell), Trevi was also a willing participant of Andrade's scams, and she had fallen in love with her manager, supposedly participating in his manager's sexual orgies and slavery acts with the teenaged girls just to please him.

Around 1997, many of the girls that were allegedly abused escaped Andrade's side and declared stories of horror and violence to television cameras, and Andrade and Trevi were able to fly out of Mexico without being captured, stopping in Spain and Chile before they were declared, along with a third accomplice named Mary Boquitas, as fugitives of the Mexican judicial system. Soon after, Karina Yapor, a girl from Northern Mexico, gave birth to a baby boy she alleged to be Andrade's son. By this time, Trevi, Boquitas and Andrade were the talk of every Spanish tabloid television show in the United States, and most of Latin America. Trevi, Andrade and the rest of their 'troop' soon escaped to Argentina, where the remaining girls escaped and were soon flown to Mexico. But before Trevi, Andrade and Boquitas were caught, they escaped to Brazil, where they were able to live for a couple of years, until they were finally caught by Brazilian police and arrested, being taken to jail. In Brazil, Trevi allegedly enjoyed walking around the neighborhood where she was living at, and eating at a local bakery every day. When they were caught, the news travelled all over Spanish speaking people instantly.

A legal battle ensued because Brazilian prosecutors wanted them charged there, but Mexican prosecutors claimed that the three prisoners belonged to them because they had begun their practices while still in Mexico. Trevi, Andrade and Boquitas were flown from their original jail to another facility because of over-crowding. Soon after, a tape where she can be heard singing songs allegedly to Andrade on the plane ride became public. In the song, which didn't seem to be a written song but one she was making up, she talks of how she'd done everything for the love of a man.

In the new jail facility, she became pregnant, and she initially accused a jail guard of raping her, supposedly causing the pregnancy. But, after giving birth to a baby boy, she admitted the boy was Andrade's son. She was released under a Brazilian law that allows women who give birth while prisoners to live in a house with their children, but her new freedom lasted short, because once again, Mexican authorities began to ask for her, so she had to be taken back to jail.

Recently, Brazil's authorities announced that they came to an agreement with Mexican authorities and, on December 21, 2002 they extradited Trevi, Andrade and Boquitas to Mexico so they can face charges there. Her baby ended up living with his grandmother, Trevi's mother.

There were allegations also that, while fugitive, Trevi supposedly gave birth to a baby girl of Andrade, and that they left the baby to die. However, no body or evidence of that happening for real were found, so they were not charged of any murder.

On November 27 of 2003, her former manager Andrade was extradited to Mexico and jailed in the same facility as Trevi, but they will not be allowed to get in contact there.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Gloria Trevi Facts

Birth NameGloria Trevino
BirthdayFebruary 15, 1970 (54)
BirthplaceMonterrey, Mexico

Selected Filmography

Hecho En Mexico
Más Allá de La Trayectoria
Zapatos Viejos
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Pelo Suelto
Libre Para Amarte
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