- A little less than two years ago, with a post on Instagram, Julio Iglesias denied the alarming rumors about his health condition.
Next Saturday, September 23, one of the most successful Latin singers in history, there is talk of more than 350 million copies sold, he will turn 80, but the rumors about his psychophysical decline have not died down: surely the consequences of the terrible car accident in which he was involved at twenty years old are felt more strongly that forced him not only to abandon a promising career as a football goalkeeper but also to undergo to a long and very hard motor rehabilitation to avoid the danger of no longer being able to walk.
And just in those endless days he began to write the lyrics of the songs, putting the first seeds of an extraordinary career that made him famous all over the world ensuring him a place of honor among the Scrooge McDucks of show business, not for nothing his name is part of the list of offshore company owners published by the Panama Papers.
According to rumours, what has been one of the most desired men, a paradigm of male Latin beauty, would have trouble remembering even his songs.
Born in Madrid, Julio Iglesias left football, studied English at Cambridge the first sign of a rare predisposition to learn languages and organize his career in a scientific way: he recorded in German, English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese and even Tagalog, which is a language spoken in the Philippines.
With Italy he has always had a special bond, he has published several albums, starting with 'Sono un pirata, sono un signore', where there are 'Pensami' and 'Abbracciami' but his greatest success in our country remains 'Se mi lasci non vale' written by Luciano Rossi and Gianni Belfiore.
Julio Iglesias had the charm of the historical Playboys like Gigi Rizzi or Gianfranco Piacentini, always tanned, when solar lamps did not exist and tanning 12 months a year could afford it in few, only those of the Jet Set (as they said at the time) dressed in a suit and tie in a studiately classic way but with that somewhat showy elegance, Very white teeth, impeccable smile.
His is a super melodic repertoire, immersed in sounds and retro arrangements always dangerously close to kitsch that frame the lyrics that tell the sufferings of love, life understood as a drama without details in the news.
Precisely for this reason, and as a demonstration of his resounding success, he was also a much imitated singer.
The first cosmetic touch did not go very well on the right side of the face: so when it had to appear on television the indications for the shots it provided were almost longer and more precise than the script.
Now he is a grandfather, the father of Enrique, super star of international pop, with whom he had a stormy relationship: the two reconciled a few years ago after decades of mutual silence, thanks to their grandchildren. And now that the star Julio turns 80, we can only wish him that the rumours about his health are just rumors.
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