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Anahí performing in Tijuana, 2010.
Anahí Giovanna Puente Portilla

(1983-05-14) 14 May 1983 (age 38)
Mexico City, Mexico
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actress
Years active1986–2012
(m. 2015)
Musical career
Associated actsRBD
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Anahí Giovanna Puente Portilla de Velasco (born 14 May 1983), known mononymously as Anahí, is a Mexican actress and singer. 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 the Mexican press, as she was the first Mexican person to reach a million followers.[1]

Anahí sings in various languages apart from Spanish, including English, Portuguese and Italian. She was a member of the successful group RBD, which sold over 15 million albums worldwide, and won seven Billboard Latin Music Awards.[2]

In 2009, Anahí released her fifth solo studio album, Mi Delirio, which sold a 500.000 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] Mi Delirio World Tour, was her first worldwide tour. According to Billboard, "Mi Delirio World Tour" was the seventh most profitable tour of 2010.[6]

Anahí's sixth studio album, Inesperado (2016), was preceded by the hit singles "Rumba", "Eres" and "Amnesia". "Rumba", a collaboration with regeaton singer Wisin, peaked at 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 her 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]

Early life[edit]

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

Acting career[edit]

Anahí at 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.[15] 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.[16]

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.[17]

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.[18]

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.[19]

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.[20] 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.[21][22][23]

Music career[edit]

Anahí performing in Tijuana, México (2009)

In 1993, at the age of 10, she released her debut album, Anahí.[24] 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.[25]

Anahí (center) with RBD at the 2005 Premios Juventud.

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. In 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.[26] She debuted her first solo single since RBD, "Mi Delirio", at the 2009 Premios Juventud in Miami, Florida.[27] It was released for digital download on August 18, 2009.[28] 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.[29]

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.[30]

Anahí at her Mi Delirio World Tour at São Paulo, Brazil (2010)

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.[31] 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.)[32]

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".[33] 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.[34]

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.[35][36] 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.[37] 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.[38] 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".[39]

Anahí released a song called "Absurda" in late 2012, and its lyric video was released on YouTube on January 30.[40] On February 4, 2013, the single was released for digital download.[41] 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[edit]

First Lady of Chiapas
In role
April 25, 2015 – December 7, 2018
GovernorManuel Velasco Coello
Preceded byIsabel Aguilera
Succeeded byRosalinda López Hernández

On April 25, 2015, Anahí married Manuel Velasco Coello, the Governor of Chiapas, elected in December 2012. While her marriage to the sitting governor would normally make her the head of the Chiapas chapter of the National System for Integral Family Development, the position had already been granted to Leticia Coello, the mother of the then-unmarried Governor, in 2012.

She was widely criticized on social media for wearing a dress costing the state 120,000 Mexican pesos (US$7572, equivalent to $8,267 in 2020) during the 2015 celebrations of the Cry of Dolores in Chiapas.[42] Many of the criticisms focused on the fact that Chiapas is the poorest State in the Union.

Personal life[edit]

During the filming of Primer Amor, Anahí battled a serious eating disorder, anorexia.[43] 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.[44]

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.[45]

Anahi in 2008.

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.[46]

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.[47][48]

On March 23, 2011, Anahí became the spokeswoman for Snickers in Latin America.[49] 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.[50][51]

Anahí performing on the Mi Delirio World Tour (2010).

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.[52] 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.[53] 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".[54]

On July 16, 2013, a nail polish line by Anahí titled "BE by Anahí" was released.[55] The line is a collection of 25 different colors, with names relating to her music like "rebelde", "delirio", "absurda", "click", "hipnótico" and "Sálvame".[56]

In April 2012, Anahí began dating the governor of Chiapas, Manuel Velasco Coello.[57][58][59] They became engaged in October 2014[60] and married on April 25, 2015, in a private religious ceremony held in San Cristóbal de las Casas. They have two sons: Manuel, born on January 17, 2017 in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, and Emiliano, born on February 2, 2020 in Mexico City.




Title Year Role
Chiquilladas 1986 Sundry
Super Ondas 1989 Marisol
La hora marcada Cristina / Doll
La Telaraña Paty
Madres egoístas 1991 Gabriela "Gaby" Cantú
Muchachitas Betty Ortigoza
Ángeles sin paraíso 1992 Claudia Cifuentes
Papá Soltero María Eugenia
Alondra 1995 Margarida Leblanc
Tú y Yo 1996 Melissa Álvarez
Mujer, Casos de la Vida Real Ana
Mi pequeña traviesa 1997 Samantha López Carrillo
Vivo Por Elena 1998 Natalia "Talita" Carvajal
Mujeres engañadas Jéssica Duarte
El diario de Daniela 1999 Adela Monroy
Primer amor, a mil por hora 2000 Jovanna Luna Guerra
La Hora Pico Herself (Special guest)
Clase 406 2002 Jéssica Riquelme Drech
Rebelde 2004 Mía Colucci Cáceres
RBD: La familia 2007 Annie
Lola, érase una vez Herself (Special guest)
Dos hogares 2011 Angélica Estrada Mejía Ballesteros
Lucky Ladies 2015 Herself (Special guest)


Title Year Role
Una Pura y Dos Con Sal 1988 Britany
Asesinato A Sangre Fría 1989 Vitoria
Había Una Vez Una Estrella María Juana
Nacidos Para Morir 1991 Júlieta
Ayudame Compadre 1992 Carla
El Ganador Mariana Sant
No me defiendas compadre 1996 Estephania
Inesperado Amor 1999 Ana
Tarde Azul 2000 Nicole

Web / Internet[edit]

Title Year Note Channel
Ana 2019 Herself AnByAnahi
  • ^a Nutrition / Cooking, Yoga, Fitness Vlog and Podcast Blog.




  • Puente, Anahí. Valiente. MAPorrúa. p. 177. ISBN 978-607-524-263-7.


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