Gloria Estefan: ‘I Can’t Stand on a Stage in Cuba’

Singer is the latest to take part in SiriusXM's "Leading Ladies" interview series.

The latest SiriusXM “Leading Ladies” conversation won’t premiere until Friday June 10 (at noon E.T., on Channel 109). But to whet the appetite following the June 2 recording of the interview, the satellite network has shared a few excerpts.

Singer Gloria Estefan, when asked by Larry Flick if she would consider returning to Cuba to perform in concert, stressed that it’s complicated. Her father fought in the Bay of Pigs, and life in the wake of the Dec. 2014 normalization of U.S.-Cuba relations is still pretty miserable:

“The Castro government, with this opening, has actually created and made the Cuban citizens second-class citizens, in their own home. The tourists can go and do things, Cuban exiles can go and enjoy the things in Cuba, that the people that live there cannot enjoy or afford, and won’t be able to for a long time…”

“You can go to a pharmacy for tourist that has everything. A Cuban pharmacy has nothing.”

Estefan, who was born in Havana Sept. 1, 1957, stated she can’t imagine standing on a stage in Cuba and staring out at images of Che Guevera and Fidel Castro, while these conditions persist. She also expressed concerns that an appearance could trigger violence. (At the same time, Estefan stressed that she has no problem with other performers who choose to now play in Cuba.)

Previous participants in the SiriusXM “Leading Ladies” series include NBC News reporter Andrea Mitchell, actress Susan Lucci, model-turned-mogul Cindy Crawford and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. The interviewers for the conversation series vary.

Previously on FishbowlNY:
Gloria, Emilio Estefan Cast Wide Net for Broadway Musical
VEGAS INC Editor Recalls Coming Out to His Cuban Mom