Worrying about future keeps pop star Iglesias awake at night



Enrique Iglesias’ latest album, Insomniac, takes its title from sleepless nights he’s spent working on his music, or worrying about his career.


When Enrique Iglesias offers you his nuts, it’s hard to suppress a grin.


All right, fine: He’s talking about a jar of salted cashews, but when you’re sitting across from an international sex symbol, the mind tends to wander. Iglesias is used to it, however, after years of dealing with press around the world that is anxiously interested in who he’s sleeping with and asks such mind-probing questions as, “Do you speak English or Spanish in the bedroom?”

Iglesias takes the relentless sex-bent attention with a shrug. “I just think it’s funny,” he says, chewing on a cashew. “If I was to interview myself, that’s not what I would ask. But, obviously, they know their clientele and I guess that’s what they want to read. I take it with humour.”

So if he was interviewing himself?

“I would talk about music, documentaries, sports,” he says. And then, with a hint of mischief in his eyes as the humour kicks in, he adds: “I would talk about porn. Bestiality, you know, your every day kind of stuff.”

But he relents and gives the answer you expect from a Latin pop star who was born into musical royalty under his father Julio Iglesias, but who shopped around his first demo under a different last name.

“I’d just like to be known for my records, really,” he says. “I don’t care if they take me as a serious artist.”

To the point, then. His latest album, Insomniac, takes its title from sleeping troubles Iglesias has had since he was a child, and he’s recounted long sleepless nights he’s spent working or, admitting a nervous personality, worrying. As a singer and songwriter who’s sold millions of records around the world, the worrisome nature somehow doesn’t seem fitting.

And Iglesias admits he already has it all. “The one thing I know is that I cannot complain,” he says. “I am fortunate, I am lucky, I am lucky as shit. I have one of the best jobs in the world.”

But the bigger they are, the harder they fall. And this, says Iglesias, is what keeps him up at night.

“My career — it scares me to lose it,” he says. “I know it sounds kind of stupid, but I know that if I didn’t have this, I probably wouldn’t be happy. It’s the same way I (hope) I will know the day that I should retire and give up.”

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