‘It got scary’: Gloria Estefan’s daughter on coming out as a lesbian

Singer Gloria Estefan, Emily Estefan and Emilio Estefan arrive for the American Theatre Wing’s 70th annual Tony Awards in New York, U.S., June 12, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

LONDON — Forbidden by her global superstar mother Gloria Estefan from coming out as a lesbian to her grandmother, singer Emily Estefan said she contemplated suicide.

The second child of multi-Grammy award-winning Cuban-American singer of hits like “Rhythm is Going to Get You” said her “anxiety went through the roof” when her grandmother died a few months later in 2017.

“It got scary, it got pretty bad,” the 25-year-old told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in a joint video call with her mother.

“I was disconnected from my music, so I was really feeling that I just didn’t want to be here any more,” she said, her black tank top revealing a tattoo of a dragonfly and an orb.

Four in 10 young LGBT+ people in the United States say they have seriously considered suicide over the past 12 months, according to The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBT+ youth.

The two women revealed how difficult it was for Gloria to support Emily when she came out because of her own fears that the news would kill her ailing grandmother in “Red Table Talk: The Estefans,” showing on Facebook Watch this month.

The first series of the popular web talk show featured actor Jada Pinkett Smith, her daughter Willow Smith and Pinkett Smith’s mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, discussing topics such as drug addiction and self-harm.

Gloria Estefan, speaking from her home in Miami Beach, said she felt “terrible” hearing her daughter open up about her mental health after witnessing her struggle.

“I was really scared because what I was seeing was Emily losing weight, Emily not making her

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WBA champion Kyoguchi catches coronavirus, title bout scrapped

WBA light flyweight boxing champion Hiroto Kyoguchi of Japan (C) raises his arms high after his victory over challenger Tanawat Nakoon of Thailand during their title bout at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba on June 19, 2019. (Photo by TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA / AFP)

Japan’s WBA light flyweight super champion Hiroto Kyoguchi has tested positive for the coronavirus, his gym announced Monday, forcing organizers to scrap his title defense against Thailand’s Thanongsak Simsri.

Kyoguchi, 26, who had been due to face Thanongsak in Osaka on Tuesday, tweeted simply: “I’m really sorry” without giving any further details.

“We learned today that Kyoguchi and his trainer tested positive for the coronavirus,” a staff member at Kyoguchi’s gym told AFP.

“The title match scheduled for tomorrow is canceled,” she said, adding it might be rearranged for a later date.

Kyoguchi has so far shown no symptoms, local media said.

Both Kyoguchi and Thanongsak, 20, are currently 14-0 as professionals. Kyoguchi had been due to defend his title in May, but the bout was postponed because of the pandemic.

The Thai boxer had been self-quarantining in Japan ahead of the bout at an Osaka arena where organizers planned to halve the number of spectators to around 2,000 as part of anti-infection measures.

The abrupt announcement came just hours after the two boxers passed their weigh-ins.

It would have been the first men’s world title match held in Japan since the pandemic began.

Kyoguchi’s local fans appeared understanding of the cancellation, with one tweeting: “You should not be sorry. We are looking forward to the next match.”

Japan is making a tentative return to hosting events with international athletes as it navigates difficult questions over how it can stage next year’s virus-postponed Olympics.

Questions arose over a gymnastics event featuring China, Russia, the US and Japan

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Bani Yas resurgence to be tested by Al Jazira, all eyes on Dia Saba for AGL match-week four

An acid test of resurgent Bani Yas’ Arabian Gulf League aspirations is set to come in match-week four when star-studded Al Jazira visit.

The prolific Sky Blues have provided the feel-good story of 2020/21, notching 12 times in three emphatic wins to go top. An Abu Dhabi-derby with Marcel Keizer’s troops, however, represents a marked step-up in opposition.

“We prepare for all matches in the same way,” said boss Daniel Isaila, who is revolutionising a side who were ninth under Winfried Schafer upon 2019/20’s March stoppage because of coronavirus. “We do not focus on a strong or weak team as there is no easy match in the league, so we must focus throughout the match to produce a positive result.”

2018/19 champions Sharjah are the division’s only other holders of a 100-per-cent record. They face an exacting examination on the same night against a determined Al Dhafra who’ve made the last two President’s Cup finals, plus are experiencing a seamless transition from the successful Vuk Rasovic – now at Al Wahda – to fellow Serbian coach Aleksandar Veselinovic.

“The Western Knights are a stubborn team, offering distinctive and strong levels,” said King defender Salem Sultan.

“But we look forward to this game in determination to be stronger, continue our series of victories and come out with all three points.”

Record 13-time-winners Al Ain aim to mount an instant recovery from their error-strewn weekend loss against Sharjah when they undertake a trip to pointless Fujairah, while Khor Fakkan’s bid to get off the mark on Wednesday doesn’t get any easier when an Ismail Matar-inspired Wahda travel to the east coast.

Israel playmaker Dia Saba’s Al Nasr must aim to put down another title marker versus struggling Ajman and last season’s leaders Shabab Al Ahli Dubai Club should be highly confident of

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