Luis Alfonso Rodríguez López-Cepero
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Miami, Florida, U.S.
American, Puerto Rican
In 1989, the Rodríguez family relocated to Florida, USA and Luis was enrolled in Dr. Philips High School in Orlando.
He joined the school vocal group called Big Guys who sang at school parties and local music festivals. There, he met and befriended Joey Fatone, later became best known as a former member of N’SYNC.
In 1995, he earned a full scholarship to the Florida State University School of Music and majored in Vocal Performance. As a member of the university’s choir, Luis traveled throughout the world and got the chance to perform with the City Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in England.
Singer, Songwriter, Actor
- Father – Alfonso Rodríguez
- Mother – Delia López-Cepero aka Tata (Singer)
- Siblings – Jean Rodríguez aka Jan (Younger Brother) (Singer), Tatiana Rodríguez (Younger Sister)
- Creative Artists Agency (CAA) Music
- Tony Mojena, TM Entertainment, Puerto Rico, USA & Latin America
- Latin Pop
Vocals, Piano, Guitar
Universal Music Latin Entertainment
5 ft 7 in or 170 cm
66 kg or 145.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
- Puerto Rican Singer (2001–2002) – Local tabloids in Florida and Puerto Rico speculated that Luis was having an affair with a very famous married Puerto Rican singer who eventually left her husband to buy a property near Luis’s Orlando based home. The talk about the scandal subsided by the end of 2002.
- Adamari López Torres (2003–2010) – Adamari, a Puerto Rican telenovela/soap opera actress met Luis in 2003 because they were signed to work for the same network, Univision. They announced their love for each other in 2004 after which Luis took off for an international tour. However, he canceled his tour mid-way in 2005 when his girlfriend was diagnosed with breast cancer. Luis was committed to supporting her through this difficult time. He frequently traveled with his girlfriend and lived in Mexico, Miami, and Puerto Rico for Adamari’s cancer treatment while balancing his professional commitments alongside. She is in remission since 2006. The same year, in June 2006, the couple got married in a lavish, religious ceremony organized in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico attended by several celebrities such as Joey Fatone, Charytín Goyco, Ednita Nazario, and Carlos Ponce to name a few. Their marriage did not last happily ever after as it officially ended in divorce in November 2010.
- Águeda López (2011–Present) – Luis moved on quickly after the dissolution of his first marriage and found love with Spanish model Águeda. She gave birth to his first child, a daughter named Mikaela in December 2011. In 2013, Luis’s ex-wife published a tell-all memoir that alleged Luis cheated on her with Águeda. This disappointed many fans and triggered an angry backlash against the singer. After living together for three years, Luis took Águeda to Paris and proposed. The couple got married in an intimate ceremony organized in a vineyard in Napa Valley, California. In December 2016, Águeda had her second child with Luis, a son named Rocco.
Race / Ethnicity
Latino / Hispanic
Luis’s paternal family is from Puerto Rico and some members of his maternal family are from Dominican Republic.
- Broad forehead and clear, tanned skin
- Deep set eyes with thick brows
- Lean and muscular build
- Puerto Rico’s Tourism Ambassador (2017)
- Cast in AT&T commercial (2011)
The artist is not vocal about his religious beliefs. He possibly comes from a Christian family as 85% of the Puerto Rican population is Roman Catholic.
Best Known For
- His worldwide hit single Despacito (2017) meaning ‘slowly’ in Spanish – Luis had a very successful career as a Latin pop singer up till 2017 and was already a major star in all Spanish speaking countries. However, Despacito’s release in January 2017 brought him unprecedented worldwide cross-over success that broke all language barriers.
- Particularly after Justin Bieber’s remix version released in April 2017, Luis started performing at sold-out shows in culturally diverse countries such as Russia, Hungary, and the Middle-East along with all the English speaking countries.
A Latin pop album called Comenzaré (1998) that reached certified ‘Platinum’ status by selling 100,000 copies.
A brief cameo as the friend of the male lead in a Mexican romantic film called Como Agua Para Chocolate / Like Water for Chocolate (1992).
First TV Show
Two-episode guest appearance as Ello Mismo in a Venezuelan telenovela called Amantes de Luna Llena in 2000.
- Luis works extremely hard to maintain his fitness. He has to withstand the intense schedule of frequent travel and sustain the endurance to perform on stage for several hours.
- During downtime, the singer’s major focus is to build and retain lean muscle since he already gets to clock hours of cardio through dance choreography which is often an essential part of his stage performances.
- While staying in Miami, he trains under the supervision of strength coach, Faheem Mujahid. Although while living in Puerto Rico and traveling to other places, he probably hires the services of other coaches.
- Luis is strong enough to perform Superman push-ups apart from many other advanced exercises which he can execute with ease which proves his overall fitness is impressive and far above average.
Luis Fonsi Facts
- Before his family relocated to Florida, Luis was a part of the San Juan’s children choir. Personally, he was greatly influenced by the style of the Latino boy band Menudo and often imitated them.
- He was offered a recording contract by Universal Music Latin Entertainment even before he finished his college education.
- Luis speaks fluent Spanish and English.
- He particularly picked up American English very quickly in his early childhood and was able to converse without a hint of any accent after a month’s stay in Florida.
- The last name of his stage name, ‘Fonsi’ is actually his nickname derived from his middle name ‘Alfonso’.
- He recorded a duet with Christina Aguilera in her first Spanish album Mi Reflejo (2000).
- In May 2000, Luis performed in an outdoor concert in Rome attended by Pope John Paul II.
- He guest starred with Shakira in a Nickelodeon live-action comedy called Taina in 2001.
- In 2002, Luis accompanied Britney Spears for her Dream within a Dream Tour to perform as her opening act.
- In 2003, he was invited to perform at the Miss World pageant in China.
- Luis won the Latin Grammy (Song of the Year) for Aquí Estoy Yo in 2009.
- In 2009, he was invited to perform at the Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo, Norway in honor of that year’s laureate, Barack Obama.
- The singer describes himself as a ‘tropical fish’ who feels uncomfortable in cold places.
- In 2015, Luis introduced EDM while performing for the Billboard Latin Music Awards which became the first EDM-Latin collaboration in the history of music.
- Despacito was #1 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 for 16 consecutive weeks, a record attained by only two other songs in the entire 59-year history of the chart.
- Former Miss Universe 2006 Zuleyka Rivera does not like doing music videos but Luis asked her to be a part of Despacito’s music video anyway. Zuleyka though reluctant at first, immediately agreed the moment she heard the song.
- In April 2017, Justin Bieber heard the original Despacito at a nightclub in Bogotá, Colombia. The Canadian singer was so inspired that he created a remix with his vocals within 48 hours.
- Visit his official website @ luisfonsi.com.
- To find out more about the artist, follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
Featured Image by Luis Fonsi / Instagram