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Remembering Jenni Rivera

by Leslie StoneApril 1, 2022, , ,
Jenni Rivera

Jenni Rivera is most known for her popular Spanish-language albums and producing multiple reality TV shows with her family.

Who Was Jenni Rivera?

Jenni Rivera, a Mexican-American singer, rose to fame thanks to albums like La Diva En Vivo. Rivera's discography includes 15 gold, 15 platinum, and five double-platinum albums. Later in life, this singer rose to fame as a reality TV star, entrepreneur, and activist. She tragically perished in a plane crash on December 9, 2012, at 43.

Early Life

Rosa Saavedra and Pedro Rivera, Rivera's parents, found they were expecting while illegally crossing the border from Mexico into the United States. Jenni was born in Los Angeles on July 2, 1969, and was named Dolores Janney Rivera Saavedra.

Teen Mom

Rivera had a difficult childhood. Trino Marin got her pregnant when she was 15, and her parents kicked her out of the house. In 1984, she married Marin and had two more children. Rivera described their eight-year relationship as physically and psychologically abusive. Despite this, she completed high school and college while studying business. 

On the other hand, her tumultuous marriage led to depression and two suicide attempts. Rivera eventually divorced her spouse, reconciled with her parents, and began working for Cintas Acuario, her father's record business. She discovered a new dream there: singing.

Making Music

Juan Lopez met the optimistic artist while she was performing in clubs. Lopez was sentenced to six months in prison for smuggling immigrants shortly after marrying him in 1997. The couple had two children after he was imprisoned. However, Lopez's infidelity led to the couple's breakup in 2003. 

Rivera's singing thrived while her marriage collapsed. She signed with the Fonovisa label, and her debut single, "Que Me Entierren con la Banda," was a smash hit. Rivera, who sings in Spanish, was quickly dubbed "La Diva de la Banda" by her adoring fans.

Family Scandals

Rivera's time in the spotlight was cut short when she learned that her first husband had assaulted her daughters and sister. He went nine years without being apprehended before being sentenced to 30 years in jail in 2006. Her second spouse was sentenced to ten years in prison for drug selling. She died in prison in 2009. Despite these tragic events, Rivera continued to release popular albums and receive Latin Grammy and Billboard nominations.

Three More Careers

Rivera's traumatic past fueled her transition from music to humanitarian work. She was chosen as the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence's spokesman in 2010. She also established the Jenni Rivera Love Foundation to assist victims of domestic violence, children with cancer, and immigrants.

During this time, she rose to even greater celebrity after marrying former baseball player Esteban Loaiza and starring in various reality television shows with her family, including Jenni Rivera Presents: Chiquis & Raq-C (2010), I Love Jenni (2011), and Chiquis 'n Control (2012). She launched Jenni Jeans, Divine Music, Divina Realty, Jenni Rivera Fragrance, and Divina Cosmetics and appeared in these successful shows.

Despite his numerous career accomplishments, Rivera filed for divorce again as suspicions of an affair between Loaiza and the singer's daughter, Chiquis, circulated in the news. In a press conference about the split, Rivera said, "I am a woman like any other, and I am subjected to the same ugliness as any other woman. The amount of times I've gotten up equals the number of times I've fallen down."

Death

In a tragic turn of events, the 43-year-old celebrity perished in a plane crash shortly after that event on December 9, 2012. On the other hand, her music is her legacy; her 12 major-label albums have sold over 15 million copies. Her family had Latin radio stations play her song "La Gran Senora" (The Great Lady) on the day of her memorial, which was a suitable tribute.

Jenni Rivera contributed a lot to the music industry, that’s why her name lives on today. But do you know who is known as the music artist of all time? Visit this blog post to find out.

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