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