Gloria Estefan on Her New 'Baby,' 'Little Miss Havana'


Hearing the energy and enthusiasm Estefan has in her voice, it's hard to imagine that 21 years ago she was told she may never walk again after suffering a fractured spine when a semi-truck crashed into her tour bus during a snowstorm. Two titanium rods were implanted in her back and after extensive physical therapy, Estefan returned to the stage in top form. Today she says she isn't without pain, but it's something she doesn't pay attention to. However, she must continue to focus on her workout regime, which was difficult to do when she was recording "Miss Little Havana."

"I was coming home sometimes at four in the morning. I'm not going to get up for my Pilates class at nine. There is no way in hell! I need my sleep," she said laughing. "But I'm great. Are you kidding me? They said I would never have another baby and that I wouldn't get back on stage or walk possibly. So this is all pie."

Eventually Estefan, who turned 54 earlier this month, would like to write a memoir, but being a private person, she said the project will be a "toughie." Rather than rehash the events in her life, she would like to write about the lessons she's learned over the years.

"It's kind of like a game we are playing here. We're all here to learn something and grow," she said. "I want to win this game. I want to play it well. I want to make my life the way I want it to be."

And right now she couldn't be happier with the music she's making: "I'm super excited to present this new baby to my fans."

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