RBD: Mexico’s Most Popular Music Group Opens Up about Growing Up, the...

RBD: Mexico’s Most Popular Music Group Opens Up about Growing Up, the Rumor Mill and One Very Public ‘Outing’

August Issue of PEOPLE en Español on Newsstands July 2, 2007


New York, NY–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–June 27, 2007– With over five million CDs sold and a franchise that includes TV shows, branded merchandise such as dolls, make up and candy, members of musical group RBD—Anahi, Dulce Maria, Maite, Christian, Christopher and Alfonso—are no strangers to being in the spotlight. In the August issue of PEOPLE en Español, the group comes clean about their personal lives, growing up in the public eye, and how they handle the never-ending rumor mill. Plus: For the first time, singer Christian Chavez discusses the incident that forced him to come out as a gay man.

“I don’t want to lie anymore, and [I don’t want to] lie to myself because of fear,” said Christian back in March when photos of his Canadian commitment ceremony with partner William Murphy, a stylist, suddenly landed on the web. The problem: only months before, the singer had publicly denied being gay in an exclusive interview with PEOPLE en Español. “I had that conflict,” Christian now admits about not being ready to disclose his sexuality last year. “I didn’t know what was going to happen. [I had to think of] my family, my band mates too. Obviously, people ask, ‘Hey, why didn’t you just say it from the beginning?’ I mean, I’m 23 years old. I’m not the voice of experience. I have my fear and flaws.”

Christian says his fear was losing the chance to entertain others with his singing, dancing and acting. “We didn’t know how people were going to react,” he says. But what he found was acceptance from fans. “They accepted that I would say, ‘I am like this and I’m going to be happy.’” And he’s relieved. “Now, I sing during the concerts and I feel that my voice is completely different,” he says. “Now I’m really a free spirit and it shows.”

With the latest installment of their new television show, RDB: La Familia, the characters are now dealing with more mature topics such as infidelity and virginity. “Innovating is always good,” says Dulce Maria, who explains that even though their characters are more like them than in their previous novela, they are not doing a reality show. Besides TV, the group also is working on a world tour, the release of another Spanish-language CD the re-release of their English-language CD, Rebels— which it has been reported will include a duet with The Black Eyed Peas — and working with their children’s foundation, Sálvame (Save Me). All of this and the band members are only in their early 20’s.

Other Stories in this Issue:

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Hector Lavoe:

In this issue, PEOPLE en Español recaps the life and tragic death of Puerto Rican salsa legend, Hector Lavoe. Lavoe’s story will soon be brought to the big screen with Marc Anthony playing the salsa singer and Jennifer Lopez playing Lavoe’s wife. With never before seen pictures of Lavoe and his family, the magazine also takes a look at the personal and professional life of the late singer. “I don’t have the father-figure, that’s gone,” says Lavoe’s daughter, Leslie Perez, in an exclusive interview. “People would look at him like he was a God,” she adds.

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Renowned Hair-stylist Gives Breast Cancer Victims Something to Smile About:

After losing his mother to breast cancer almost four decades ago, Argentinean hair stylist Rodolfo Valentin launched Sofia’s Hair 4 Health. This not-for-profit organization provides, free of charge, hair prosthesis to low-income breast cancer victims to help minimize the trauma caused by the terrible illness. Valentin was so affected by his mother’s cancer that he decided to finance the organization himself and has already donated 70 pieces. “It’s not fair that only people with money had access to them,” he says.

All this and much more in the July issue of PEOPLE en Español.

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RBD: Mexico’s Most Popular Music Group Opens Up about Growing Up, the Rumor Mill and One Very Public ‘Outing’