Belén Esteban

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Belén Esteban
Belén Esteban Menéndez.jpg
Born María Belén Esteban Ménendez
(1973-11-09) November 9, 1973 (age 43)
Madrid, Spain
Occupation Television personality
Spouse Francisco Álvarez Gómez (m. 2008; div. 2012)
Children Andrea Janeiro Esteban
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Esteban and the second or maternal family name is Menéndez.

María Belén Esteban Menéndez (born 9 November 1973 in Madrid) is a Spanish television personality. She has appeared in various programmes including the long-running Sálvame, a show which has been characterised as junk TV. She is known as "La princesa del pueblo"[1]

Early fame[edit]

She rose to prominence as a celebrity in 1999 when she ended her relationship with popular bullfighter Jesulín de Ubrique, with whom she has a daughter, Andrea Janeiro Esteban. She began her television career on the Spanish channel Antena 3. In 2004 she followed TV presenter Ana Rosa Quintana to Telecinco.


In 2009 Esteban left El programa de Ana Rosa to participate in a new Telecinco show called Sálvame. Although the show has changed its format over the years, as of 2015 it continues to feature Esteban.

Sálvame, which is mainly a talk show about the private lives of celebrities, has attracted a large audience. It has a self-referential aspect - the celebrities discussed include the show´s colaboradores or panellists. The focus on private lives has attracted criticism. One complaint regarded the coverage of Esteban's own daughter Andrea, a minor at the time, who had been discussed in the context of custody issues and her culinary preferences. The matter was addressed by the "defensor del menor", a children´s ombudsman, who recommended less coverage of Andrea.[2]

Other activities[edit]

At the end of 2009, Esteban underwent cosmetic surgery ahead of her appearance on Telecinco's New Year's Eve special: Google revealed a massive increase in searches for her on the internet.[3] Her other TV appearances include ¡Más que baile! (Spanish version of Dancing with the Stars), where she was the winner in 2010, and Gran Hermano VIP (Spanish Celebrity version of Big Brother), which she also won in 2015.

In 2011 she appeared in a cameo role in Lethal Crisis, a 3-D film in the Torrente series.


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