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Anahí Giovanna Puente Portilla de Velasco (née Anahí Giovanna Puente Portilla), known mononymously as Anahí (Spanish pronunciation: [anaˈi] born May 14, 1983), is a Mexican singer, songwriter, actress, recording artist, and dancer. In 1986, she started her career as a child actor at the age of two when she was cast on a Televisa production called Chiquilladas. She starred in many successful telenovelas, including Alondra (1995), Mujeres engañadas (1999), Primer amor, a mil por hora (2000), Clase 406 (2003), Rebelde (2004), RBD: La familia (2007) and Dos hogares (2011). She is one of the most followed Latin artists on social media, being called the Queen of Twitter by Mexican press, as she was the first Mexican person to reach a million followers on Twitter.[1]

She sings in various languages apart from Spanish, including English, Portuguese and Italian. She was a member of the seventh times Billboard Latin Music Awards winning and twice-nominated for a Latin Grammy Award group RBD, who has sold over 60 million albums worldwide.[2]

In 2009, she released her fifth solo album Mi Delirio, which sold a million copies worldwide.[3] The album debuted at number two on Billboard's Latin Pop Albums chart and number four on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart[4] and was certified Gold in Brazil.[5] In support of her album Mi Delirio, Mi Delirio World Tour, better known as "MDWT" was the first worldwide tour of Anahi, after RBD. According to Billboard, "MDWT" was the seventh most profitable tour of 2010.[6]

Her sixth studio album Inesperado (2016), was preceded by the hit singles "Rumba", "Eres" and "Amnesia". The single "Rumba", a collaboration with the reggaaton singer and producer Wisin, was peaked number one on Billboard's Tropical Songs chart.[7] The album debuted on Billboard's Latin Pop Albums and Top Latin Albums charts,[8] while it was number one on Billboard Brazil, with Anahi being the first Mexican artist to achieve that.[9] She has sold over five million albums worldwide in her career as a solo artist,[10] being the best-selling ex-RBD member in the United States.[11][12]

First Lady of Chiapas
In role
April 25, 2015 – December 7, 2018
GovernorManuel Velasco Coello
Preceded byMaria Isabel Guerrero
Succeeded byRosalinda Escandón
Personal details
Anahí Giovanna Puente Portilla

(1983-05-14)May 14, 1983
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Manuel Velasco Coello (m.2015)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, United States
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actress
  • dancer
Musical career
  • Latin pop
  • electropop
  • pop
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Associated actsRBD
Websiteanahionline.com [60]

Early life

Anahí Giovanna Puente Portilla was born on May 14, 1983 in Mexico City, Mexico to Spanish father Enrique Puente, and Mexican mother Marichelo Portilla.[13] She has an older sister, television personality Marichelo Puente (born 1978), and an older half-sister, Diana Puente, from her father's previous marriage.

Acting career

Anahí during a press conference in 2006.

Anahí during a press conference in 2006.

Anahí began her career on a Mexican television program called Chiquilladas When she was two years old. She then starred in numerous films, including Nacidos para Morir and Había Una Vez Una Estrella, with the latter earning her an Ariel Award for Best Child Actress in 1989.[14] She then went on to star in several telenovelas, including Mujer, Casos de la Vida Real, Hora Marcada, Vivo por Elena, La Telaraña and El diario de Daniela.[15]

In 2001, Anahí was cast as the fourteen-year-old Jovanna Luna in Primer Amor, alongside Kuno Becker, Ana Layevska, and Mauricio Islas. The teen-oriented soap opera was one of the highest-rated in its time-slot during its run.

In 2002, she was cast as Jessica in Clase 406 where she worked alongside Alfonso Herrera, Dulce María, and Christian Chávez, who later became her bandmates in RBD.

She starred in Rebelde in 2004, a Mexican remake of the hit Argentine telenovela, Rebelde Way. Before Rebelde, Anahí had coincidentally starred in Ángeles Sin Paraíso with Felipe Colombo, star of the original Rebelde Way. On Rebelde, Anahí portrayed Mia Colucci, a popular girl from a wealthy family. Rebelde was an international hit and had over 440 episodes, airing from 2004 to 2006.[16]

Following the success of Rebelde, in 2007, Televisa released RBD: La familia, which starred the members of RBD. The sitcom was based on the fictional lives of the members of RBD. The characters of the sitcom were not based on the band's characters in Rebelde, but were instead intended to be similar to the actors' real personalities. RBD: La Familia was the first Mexican show shot entirely in HDTV. The show ran from March 14, 2007 to June 13, 2007, lasting 13 episodes.[17]

In February 2011, four years after her last appearance in a TV series, Anahí was chosen to play the lead role in Dos Hogares, a telenovela written and produced by Emilio Larrosa. After prolonged negotiations, Anahí accepted the role. Filming began on April 25, 2011 and ended on January 14, 2012. The TV series premiered on June 27, 2011 and aired its final episode on January 20, 2012.[18][19][20]

Music career

Anahí performing in Tijuana, México.

Anahí performing in Tijuana, México.

Anahí at her Mi Delirio World Tour at São Paulo, Brazil in 2010.

Anahí at her Mi Delirio World Tour at São Paulo, Brazil in 2010.

Anahí at her Mi Delirio World Tour at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2011.

Anahí at her Mi Delirio World Tour at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2011.

In 1993, at the age of 10, she released her debut album, Anahí. She later released a second album, ¿Hoy Es Mañana?, which featured the singles "Corazón de Bombón", "Por Volverte a Ver", and "Descontrolándote". She went on to record two additional albums titled Anclado En Mi Corazón and Baby Blue.

The success of Rebelde launched RBD. RBD released nine studio albums, including records in Spanish, Portuguese and English. They have sold over 20 million albums worldwide, 17 million digital downloads, and have toured across South America, North America, Central America and Europe.[21]

In 2006, following the success of RBD, Anahí re-released her solo album, Baby Blue, under the name Una Rebelde en Solitario. The following year, a compilation album was released titled, Antes de Ser Rebelde.

On August 15, 2008, RBD released a statement, stating that they had decided to split up. They went on one final tour, Gira del Adiós World Tour, which ended in late 2008. On November 2008, Anahi and Dulce María collaborated with Tiziano Ferro on a song called "El Regalo Más Grande".

In April 2009, Anahí launched an official website and Twitter page announcing her first solo album since RBD's split.[22] She debuted her first solo single since RBD, "Mi Delirio", at the 2009 Premios Juventud in Miami, Florida.[23] It was released for digital download on August 18, 2009.[24] Mi Delirio was released on November 24, 2009. The album has been certified Gold in Brazil, Anahí becoming the second Mexican artist — after Thalía — who was certified Gold in that country.[25]

According to Billboard, Mi Delirio World Tour was the seventh most profitable tour in 2010. She performed in 10 concerts, attended by over 35,000 people.[26]

Following the success of Mi Delirio, on November 23, 2010, Anahí released Mi Delirio – deluxe edition. The album includes all the songs released with the first album, plus four bonus songs: "Alérgico", "Pobre Tu Alma", "Ni Una Palabra" and "Aleph". The first two were released as singles. The album also contains a letter from Brazilian author Paulo Coelho to Anahí, a photo gallery, and a written message from Anahí to her fans.[27] The album contains a song inspired by Coelho's book Aleph, which follows the third single "Alérgico". There are three known versions of the song: the album version with Anahí only; the Portuguese version featuring Brazilian singer Renee Fernandes, included in the Mi Delirio – deluxe edition (Brazilian edition bonus track); and a duet version featuring Noel Schajris, included in the Mi Delirio – deluxe edition (Colombian edition bonus track). (In the US, this version is instead being on a special edition, Alérgico (Fan edition) – EP.)[28]

In 2010, Anahí presented the Kids Choice Awards Mexico and was nominated in three categories, winning for Favorite Artist and Favorite Look. She performed as well, introducing her single, "Alérgico".[29] The album debuted at number 14 in Mexico, spending seven consecutive weeks in the top 100. "Alérgico" became the second most played song in Mexico for 11 weeks, and was number one on iTunes.[30]

In 2011, Anahí and Christian Chávez worked together for the first time since the dissolution of RBD. They recorded a song, "Libertad", which was released on iTunes on April 12, 2011.[31][32] The song was included on Christian Chávez's album. In May 2011, Anahí and the Latin pop stars Bryan Amadeus and Ale Sergi were invited by MTV Latin America to perform the opening theme for the TV series Popland!. The song, entitled "Click", was released on iTunes on September 13, 2011.[33] On July 5, 2011, Anahí released a new single, "Dividida", which is also the opening theme of the TV series she starred in, Dos Hogares.[34] She also recorded the ending theme with Carlos Ponce, "Rendirme En Tu Amor", which was released on July 24, 2011. In December 2011, Anahí was invited by prodigious Mexican singer Juan Gabriel to be featured on a song with him on his album of duets, entitled "Con Tu Amor".[35]

Anahí released a song called "Absurda" in late 2012, and its lyric video was released on YouTube on January 30.[36] On February 4, 2013, the single was released for digital download.[37] A new album was announced with a 2013 release date, but was later cancelled.

Anahí released a song, "Están Ahí", without any previous promotion, on May 25, 2015. The song's lyrics are a homage to her fans. A month later, she announced the return of her musical career and released a comeback single "Rumba" featuring Puerto Rican rapper Wisin.

First Lady of Chiapas

On April 25, 2015, Anahí married Manuel Velasco Coello, the Governor of Chiapas, elected in December 2012. She is not the head of National System for Integral Family Development for the State of Chiapas.[38] That position, traditionally held by the spouse of a State Governor and nationally by the First Lady of Mexico, was already given to the mother of the Governor, Leticia Coello.

She was widely criticized on social media for wearing a 120,000 peso dress during the 2015 celebrations of the Cry of Dolores in Chiapas.[39] Many of the criticisms were from Chiapas being the poorest State in the Union.

Personal life

Anahí performing on the Mi Delirio World Tour.

Anahí performing on the Mi Delirio World Tour.

Anahí in Los Angeles, 2009.

Anahí in Los Angeles, 2009.

Logo "Aviesta".

Logo "Aviesta".

During the filming of Primer Amor, Anahí battled a serious eating disorder, anorexia.[40] She weighed approximately 75 pounds (34 kg) at her lowest weight. She spent time in five different treatment centers, and visited doctors and psychologists across the country. One day after returning from a family vacation, she began to feel faint, and was rushed to a hospital, where her heart stopped for eight seconds. She has since recovered and become a vocal spokesperson against eating disorders in Mexico. In 2008, with the support of Televisa, Anahí launched a campaign against anorexia and bulimia.[41]

In 2006, the tax administration of Mexico froze four of Anahí's bank accounts as a preventive measure because she was under investigation for tax fraud. In 2008, after taking the issue to court, Anahí was granted her accounts back, two with Banamex and two at Scotiabank.[42]

In 2007, a Barbie doll version of Anahí, Dulce Maria, and Maite Perroni were released, based on their characters in Rebelde.

People en Español named her one of their "50 Most Beautiful" in 2010.[43]

On March 11, 2011, doctors discovered that Anahí's brain was being deprived of a large percentage of oxygen due to a deviated septum. It was determined that this was the main cause of several ailments that had plagued Anahí, including a heart attack. She underwent a successful operation.[44][45]

On March 23, 2011, Anahí became the spokeswoman for Snickers in Latin America.[46] The advertising campaign that was launched sparked controversy, with National Council to Prevent Discrimination and the National Institute of Women deeming the commercial sexist and filing complaints. Anahí defended the campaign, saying that the commercial wasn't intended to offend anyone. Effem Mexico, the company behind Snickers, disagreed with the sexism complaints. However, before the advertisement aired, they conducted a survey among women, asking their opinions on the content. According to Effem, the majority of the women surveyed did not feel the advertisement was discriminatory.[47][48]

On September 18, 2011, National Geographic aired the original production of "Obsession: Bodies That Scream", filmed in Latin America, which featured the testimonies of people who suffer from body dysmorphia and eating disorders. Anahí spoke about the five-year period in which she suffered from anorexia, and her recovery.[49]

On October 12, 2011, Anahí joined the Non-Violence Project's campaign, "Imagine One Billion Faces For Peace", as a Global Ambassador. The campaign's ambassadors include public figures such as Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, and Ringo Starr. The campaign aims to honor the legacy of the late John Lennon by calling for peace and non-violence worldwide.

During the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Anahí, alongside other Global Ambassadors, performed in an event for The Non-Violence Project presented by Yoko Ono.[50] Maxim named her as one of the Maxim Hot 100 of 2012, calling her a "Mexican beauty" who represents "a true triple threat: she sings, she acts, and writes hilarious tweets".[51]

On July 16, 2013, a nail polish line by Anahí titled "BE by Anahí" was released.[52] The line is a collection of 25 different colors, with names relating to her music like "rebelde", "delirio", "absurda", "click", "hipnótico" and "Sálvame".[53]

In April 2012, Anahí began dating the governor of Chiapas, Manuel Velasco Coello.[54][55][56] They became engaged in October 2014[57] and married on April 25, 2015 in a private religious ceremony held in San Cristóbal de las Casas. On September 11, 2016, she announced on Instagram that they were expecting their first child together. Their son Manuel was born on January 17, 2017. Ever since then, she has left the artistic world.


Anahi in 2008.

Anahi in 2008.

  • Anahí (1993)

  • ¿Hoy Es Mañana? (1996)

  • Anclado En Mi Corazón (1997)

  • Baby Blue (2000)

  • Mi Delirio (2009)

  • Inesperado (2016)



Super Ondas1989Marisol
La hora marcadaVictoria
La TelarañaCarla
Madres egoístas1991Gabriela "Gaby" Cantú
MuchachitasBetty Ortigoza
Ángeles sin paraíso1992Claudia Cifuentes
Papá SolteroTita
Alondra1995Margarida Leblanc
Tú y Yo1996Melissa Álvarez
Mujer, Casos de la Vida RealAna
Mi pequeña traviesa1997Samantha
Vivo Por Elena1998Natalia "Talita" Carvajal
Mujeres engañadasJéssica Duarte
El diario de Daniela1999Adela Monroy
Primer amor, a mil por hora2000Jovanna Luna Guerra
La Hora PicoHerself (Special guest)
Clase 4062002Jéssica Riquelme Drech
Rebelde2004Mía Colucci Cáceres
RBD: La familia2007Annie
Lola, érase una vezHerself (Special guest)
Dos hogares2011Angélica Estrada Mejía Ballesteros
Lucky Ladies2015Herself (Special guest)


Anahi in Tijuana 2 2010.

Anahi in Tijuana 2 2010.

Una Pura y Dos Con Sal1988Britany
Asesinato A Sangre Fría1989Vitoria
Había Una Vez Una EstrellaMaría Juana
Nacidos Para Morir1991Júlieta
Ayudame Compadre1992Carla
El GanadorMariana Sant
No me defiendas compadre1996Estephania
Inesperado Amor1999Ana
Tarde Azul2000Nicole


  • 2009–11: Pocket Show

  • 2009–11: Mi Delirio World Tour



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