Jenni Rivera and daughter Janney "Chiquis" Marin may have faced some tough times before La Diva de la Banda’s tragic passing, but their love for each other was always present. Here's a retrospective of what occurred in the headlines before Jenni's tragic death. We send our thoughts and prayers to the Rivera family during this sensitive time.
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Jenni and Chiquis made history as the first mother and daughter duo to grace a Latina cover in May 2011. In the issue, the regional Mexican singer commented on being a single mother of five children. “I draw strength from that. If I didn’t have these kids, I wouldn’t be who I am. I have to show them how to fight, how to love and how to make it in life. I’m going to leave them set,” she said.
In exchange, Chiquis also reflected on her relationship with her mother and how much she loves her. “My mom is my ride-or-die bitch, and I’m hers, ‘cause no matter what happens, we’re there for each other,” revealed Chiquis.
Unfortunately chismosos got to work after Jenni announced her divorce from husband Esteban Loaiza back in October. Jenni didn’t discuss details to the press about what caused the split, but fans were aware that it was ugly. The “Lo Siento Mi Amor” singer revealed on El Gordo y La Flaca, “There’s no reconciliation possible. I don’t think it’s honorable or correct for me to share anymore details because he is going to look really bad, and I don’t want that,” she said.
While in the center of a media storm, Jenni still defended her daughter Chiquis through it all and maintained her faith. “You don’t know what it is to be me in this difficult situation. You don’t know what it is to be her. We don’t know what it is to be you. But I do know…that if the tables were turned…I wouldn’t comment, judge, or even think of it. I would just simply sit and pray for God to make it better,” she tweeted.
Gossip sites claimed that Chiquis was the cause of the break-up between Jenni and Esteban. However, she has strongly denied the allegations. She tweeted, “Don’t believe everything you read. I would NEVER do that! Never! That’s a terrible accusation.” An emotional Chiquis also spoke to El Rojo Vivo about the dilemma, “I don’t know who would come up with these lies. How can people believe these rumors so terrible? That would be disrespectful to me, my mom, and God.”
In earlier November, La Diva de la Banda claimed that Chiquis boyfriend Ángel del Villar insulted in the parking lot outside of where she recorded her radio show in Los Angeles. She tweeted about the incident and stated, “What kind of man are you? What makes you think it’s okay to scream nasty things like that to a woman that’s only shown you respect?”
Despite the drama, the Chiquis 'n Control reality television star wanted to make peace with her mother. Chiquis posted, “Twitter off! I gotta go pray. This is too much. So sad and heartbreaking. I can’t even believe it. Mom @jennirivera you know how to get a hold of me. Everyone who has shown us support, thank you. But for those of you who haven’t, it’s ok, I don’t blame you. But I won’t let comments break me. God bless you all.”