On “Red Table Talk: The Estefans,” the 25-year-old detailed how she came out to the iconic singer, 63. The two revealed that they had a strained relationship because of the way Estefan initially reacted to Emily’s announcement that she was dating her partner Gemeny Hernandez, a woman.
“What’s tough is going back to those places that were painful, because we have moved beyond them a lot already,” Estefan told Fox News. “And to see how a lot of it is miscommunication. That is the reason we’re doing the show, to spark conversations in people’s homes, in their own families.”
In the episode, Emily described how Estefan warned her that she shouldn’t come out to her grandmother and instead, keep her sexuality a secret from the ailing matriarch.
Emily came out publicly in 2017, when she shared a photo with Hernandez on Instagram.
Looking back, Estefan said she was trying to protect her mother from any shock that would affect her health, as well as shield Emily from anything that could harm their relationship, as well as her own blossoming career as an artist.
“To tell you the truth, it was a non-issue, the part about her being gay,” Estefan explained. “What was difficult was that, at the time, she was about to put out an album, and I was also not only being a mom, I was trying to be a celebrity mom. Because I’ve been in that world a long time and tried to offer protections and tried to maneuver things in a way that ultimately was not what Emily needed right at that moment. But we had no way of knowing how she was feeling inside because she kept a lot of those things to herself.”
In the series, Emily described how she was “hurt” by the reaction, adding she was already struggling to “hide” her sexuality. Estefan credited therapy to helping mother and daughter communicate better and ultimately heal.
“It was like, I was talking to her, [but] she wasn’t understanding where I was coming from and vice versa,” Estefan explained. “… When I was telling Emily, ‘take it slow,’ [about coming out to my mother], she was hearing rejection. That’s exactly why we’re having these conversations because we thought we were being incredibly inclusive throughout her entire life and making things comfortable for her. But that’s not what she was feeling in her own skin.”
During “Red Table Talk: The Estefans,” the singer who rose to fame as the singer of the Miami Sound Machine, admitted she felt “regret” in telling Emily not to come out to her mother, who passed away in 2017 at age 88.
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