Gloria Estefan's Hilarious Mom Didn't Think She Would Make It as a Performer!

by Raphael Chestang 6:12 PM PDT, May 08, 2015
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Gloria Estefan might be famous, but we found out her mother Gloria Fajardo is the real entertainer of the family.

Fajardo told ET that when Estefan first told her she wanted to be a singer, Fajardo gave her a flat no.

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"What was tough to tell her was, 'Mom, I want to join this band!' because it was going to be for fun," Estefan told ET.

Estefan started her career with the group called Miami Sound Machine, and she's been married to one of the band's founders, Emilio Estefan, for 36 years.

Like Estefan's singing career, Fajardo was also disapproving of her man at first.

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"It took him a lot [to win me over], but he's the best thing that's happened to me and to her," Fajardo said.

Fajardo is fiercely protective of her daughter and when Estefan was injured in a 1990 tour bus accident, she feared the worst.

"I heard, 'Gloria Estefan died in an automobile accident,'" Fajardo said. "That was the first thing that was said."

In a heartbeat, Fajardo was on a plane headed to be by her daughter's side. At the hospital, Fajardo found Estefan in bed with a neck brace and she wasn't happy with what she saw.

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"She was signing pictures for the doctor in the hospital!" Fajardo said. "I was crying. I said, 'Don't do that!'"

Still, Estefan credited her great doctors and the hard work she put in rehabilitation as important to her recovery.

With Mother's Day around the corner, ET found out the most important lesson Estefan picked up from her mother.

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"I never grew up thinking that there was anything a woman couldn't do," Estefan said.