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Enrique Iglesias disregards boycott, performs in Israel

Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias performs on stage in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, May 27, 2018.

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TEL AVIV, Israel — Pop star Enrique Iglesias says he never had second thoughts about performing in Israel. Though many artists have come under pressure from a grassroots pro-Palestinian boycott movement not to perform in the country, the singer said his music is not about politics during his fourth performance in Israel. 

"I've sang in so many countries around the world during conflicts, my music is not about politics," he said. "If my fans ask me to go to a place and there is demand, I will be there no matter what."

Iglesias did say that he misses his newborn twins "like crazy." But he says performing for his fans is the next best thing to being home.


While the Spanish singer has traditionally kept his personal life private, he and his wife, former tennis player Anna Kournikova, took to social media last week to share some rare photos and videos of themselves and their children. He said he wanted to open up to his fans because they have given him so much.

"I don't mind sharing part of my life with them," he told The Associated Press. "I always have, in a way, through my music."

Iglesias performed to nearly 50,000 fans in Tel Aviv Sunday night. The crowd cheered when Iglesias took to the stage, starting with his song "I'm a Freak," accompanied by a show of lasers. Devoted fans wore T-shirts proclaiming their love for the 43-year-old pop star, and held signs declaring him the "sexiest father alive."

"I miss my family like crazy," said Iglesias. "But I love doing what I do, which is being on stage and just being surrounded by my fans. Those are the two things I love most in my life."

Iglesias' most recent single, 'Move to Miami' was released in May. Iglesias has been performing around Europe and South America, and came to Israel following a performance in Ljubljana, Slovenia.