July 28, 2011 5:51pm PT by Sophie Schillaci
Enrique Iglesias to Discuss Anna Kournikova, Father Julio Iglesias on 'Behind the Music'
Latin singing sensation Enrique Iglesias will show fans a new side of him on Sunday’s episode of Behind the Music.
Iglesias, who is preparing to embark on the last leg of his worldwide Euphoria tour with Pitbull, opens up about his childhood, learning from his famous father and saying “I love you” to on-again-off-again-girlfriend, Anna Kournikova.
Keeping their relationship fiercely private, Iglesias shares new, intimate details about his involvement with the tennis champ. “I just want it to be special, and the only way to make sure it’s special is by just making it as private as possible, and if you talk about those things that are special to you and that are close to your heart, it’s not the same anymore,” he says.
Speaking about his feelings, the singer adds, “Some people say love you with such ease, and for me it’s always been a difficult word to say. All I can tell you is the first time I said it, I truly, truly meant it.”
The “I Like It” singer also looks back on a strained relationship with his father, Grammy Award winner Julio Iglesias.
“A lot of people always ask, do you feel bad that your dad wasn’t able to take you to school every day. And I always think, I go, no. No, cause I never looked at it that way. I wouldn’t change anything. My father was great, he loves his career. He probably loves his career more than anything but I understand,” he says.
“Whenever I have to explain the relationship that my father and I have, for a lot of people it would be very difficult to understand," Iglesias adds. "I don’t feel like I have to sit in front of my father and tell him sorry or he has to tell me sorry. There’s nothing to be sorry about it. I love him, I respect him and I understand him.”
In fact, the celebrated crossover artist even suggests that his father is to thank for his own worldwide success.
“Growing up with a father like mine, you know, he was a big star, sold a lot of albums and sold many, many tickets around the world. That was my point of reference, my comparison. So the way I looked at it was, okay, if I’m going into this, it’s because I gotta get to that level or even better,” he admits.
Iglesias’ Behind the Music special will air Sunday, July 31 at 10 p.m. on Vh1.