Christian Chávez

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Christian Chávez
Christian Chávez in 2017 part 5.jpg
Christian Chávez in 2017
Background information
Birth name José Christian Chávez Garza
Born (1983-08-07) August 7, 1983 (age 34)
Origin Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actor
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • bass guitar
Years active 2002–present
Associated acts RBD

José Christian Chávez Garza (Spanish pronunciation: [xoˈse ˈkɾistjan ˈtʃaβez ˈɣarsa],[1] born August 7, 1983), most often known as Christian Chávez, is a singer, songwriter and actor, best known for his role as Giovanni Méndez López in the soap opera Rebelde and its spin off pop group RBD.

Career[edit]

In 2002, Chávez was cast as Fernando 'Fercho' Lucena in the telenovela Clase 406. The series had four seasons and 350 one-hour episodes in total.

In 2004, Chávez joined a new telenovela Rebelde as one of the lead characters, Juan "Giovanni" Méndez López, a mischievous and rebellious student at a private boarding school in Mexico.[2] Chávez became widely known for his ever-changing hair colors.

The success of Rebelde launched RBD composed of Chávez, Anahí, Dulce María, Christopher von Uckermann, Maite Perroni, and Alfonso Herrera. The group made 9 studio albums, including records in Spanish, Portuguese and English. To date, they have sold over 20 million albums worldwide, and toured across Mexico, South America, Serbia, Romania, the United States, and Spain. On August 15, 2008, RBD released a message telling fans that they had decided to split up. They went on one final tour, Gira Del Adios World Tour which ended in 2008. To this day, RBD is considered the most successful pop group in Mexican history.

In June 2007, Chávez briefly appeared in the stage shows Hoy No Me Puedo Levantar, and in May 2008 he participated in Avenida Q (the Mexican version of Avenue Q), where he played the main puppet characters Eugenio (Princeton) and Rodrigo (Rod); his presence on the shows was intended to be one of the main box office attractions.

After RBD's breakup, Chávez launched his career as a solo recording artist. His first studio album Almas Transparentes, peaked at number 56 on the Mexican pop charts.

In April 2011, Chávez released the provocative music video for his single "Libertad", featuring former co-star Anahí, which became an instant sensation on YouTube with more than 1,000,000 views within three days of its upload. The video featured Chávez in a church confessional telling a priest he was not sorry for his sexual preference; it featured a cameo by Perez Hilton. "The video looks super sexy", Hilton gushed on his blog. "It's inspired us to unleash our own LIBERTAD."[3] "Libertad" continues to be an anthem for the gay youth throughout Latin America.

On August 14, 2012, Chávez released the highly anticipated album Esencial, an acoustic compilation of songs performed at his show in São Paulo, Brazil in January 2012. People en Español called the release of his single, Sacrilégio, "the return of Christian Chávez".[4] A red carpet presentation of Esencial was held in Mexico City in June. Chávez performed duets with RBD co-star Maite Perroni and Mexican pop/rock singer Ana Victoria.

"Sacrilegio", a track on Esencial also released as a single, immediately landed in the top 10 on Mexican pop charts. Other notable songs on the album include "No Me Olvides", written for Chávez by Mexican singer Juan Gabriel, and a remake of "¿En Donde Estas?" sung as a duet with Indonesian pop star Agnes Monica.

A DVD version of Esencial was released in late 2012.

In 2016, Chávez appeared on the telenovela Despertar contigo, marking his first telenovela role following Rebelde.[5] In addition, Chavez revealed he was recording new music.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Coming out[edit]

In March 2007, a magazine published pictures of Chávez signing documents and exchanging rings with another man, allegedly his Canadian boyfriend (and later identified as B.J. Murphy), outing Chávez with them. The pictures had been taken in 2005, the year in which same-sex marriages became legal in Canada. There was significant speculation over how the photos were obtained as the ceremony had only included immediate family.

Chávez, who in October 2006 denied rumors of homosexuality[6], declared in March 2007, in a message posted on RBD's website, that the photos showed a part of him that he had not been willing to discuss previously.[7]

The message, interpreted by many reports as Chavez's official decision to come out of the closet, made international headlines due to Mexico's traditionally conservative roots.[8][9][10] Chavez is described as the first high profile member in Mexican showbiz to come out.[8]

In an interview with Televisa approximately three months after his coming out, Chávez said the decison allowed him to "begin a healing process in which I left things behind and began many wonderful things."[11]

Legal and personal troubles[edit]

In April 2007, People en Español published a report claiming that Chavez and then-husband BJ Murphy maintained a physically abusive relationship, which Chávez denied.[12]

In May 2007, Chávez was arrested for allegedly buying marijuana in New York City.[13] Chavez subsequently apologized.[13]

In 2009, Chávez confirmed he and Murphy are seeking a divorce.[14] The reason for their separation has been the subject of much speculation, but Chávez insists that their relationship did not end on bad terms: "[Murphy] is a person I love and respect; I also admire him as a professional."[14]

In March 2012, Chávez confirmed he was dating Los Angeles real estate agent Ben Kruger after photos of them together were published in the tabloid TV Notas and later People en Español.[15]

In late April 2013, Chávez, by then broken up with Kruger, was arrested along with Kruger in their Beverly Hills apartment for alleged domestic violence.[16] This followed an incident in February that same year, where Chávez was accused of throwing a cinder block through a skylight at the apartment.[16] Charges related to the late April incident were later dropped due to lack of evidence, as both Chávez and Kruger placed blame on each other.[17]

In October 2013, Chávez published multiple pictures on his Twitter account showing his bloodied wrists in what appeared to be a suicide attempt.[18] Chavez reportedly immediately returned to Mexico from Los Angeles to enter a rehabilitation program. On October 10, 2013, Chávez released a video of himself which was uploaded to his YouTube channel, where he explained that he had attempted to commit suicide, and the photos he had uploaded were real.

In the aftermath of the suicide attempt, Latin Times released a letter purportedly written by Kruger, describing what happened that led to his highly publicized arrest with Chávez a few months prior.[19] Among other things, Kruger accused Chávez of numerous instances of lying and infidelity, and also accused members of the media of collusion with Chavez and failing to provide fair coverage.[19] In addition, Kruger claimed that Chavez was still married to Murphy for the duration of Chávez's relationship with Kruger, as Chávez lacked sufficient financial resources to initiate divorce proceedings.[19]

In 2015, Chávez revealed that shortly after the photos were uploaded by him, his former bandmate and close friend Anahí rushed to his apartment and "saved his life".[20]

Awards and recognitions[edit]

In 2010, Chávez was recognized as one of People en Español's 50 most beautiful.[21]

During the 22nd GLAAD Media Awards in 2011, Chávez received an award for Outstanding Spanish Language Music Artist for his album Almas Transparentes.[22]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role
2002–03 Clase 406 Fernando 'Fercho' Lucena
2004–06 Rebelde Giovanni Méndez López
2007 RBD: La Familia Chris
2009–10 Hasta que el dinero nos separe Sergio
2012 Fixing Paco Daniel
2016 Despertar contigo Christian

Reality show[edit]

Year Title Role
2014 Top Chef Estrellas Himself (Contestant)
Esse Artista Sou Eu Himself (Contestant)
Esse Artista Sou Eu performances
Episode Artist covered Song Result
1 Ricky Martin "Livin' La Vida Loca" Safe
2 Village People "Y.M.C.A. ft. Macho Man" Safe
3 Justin Timberlake "SexyBack" Safe
4 Psy "Gangnam Style" Safe
5 John Lennon "Imagine" Safe
6 Michael Jackson "Billie Jean" Safe
7 Lady Gaga "Bad Romance" Safe

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]


Live album[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • 2010: ¿En Dónde Estás?
  • 2010: Almas Transparentes
  • 2011: Libertad (con Anahí)
  • 2012: Sacrilégio
  • 2012: Mas Vale Tarde Que Nunca (con Ana Victoria)

Tours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ In isolation, Chávez and Garza are pronounced [ˈtʃaβes] and [ˈɡarsa].
  2. ^ "Christian Chavez" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 11 December 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2018. 
  3. ^ Cobo, Lilian (April 8, 2011). "Christian Chavez Turns Heads With Provocative 'Libertad' Video". Billboard. 
  4. ^ "VÍDEO - "Sacrilegio" marca el regreso de Christian Chávez" [VIDEO - "Sacrilegio" marks the return of Christian Chávez]. People en Español (in Spanish). 22 May 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2018. 
  5. ^ a b Roiz, Jessica Lucia (16 May 2016). "Christian Chávez Comeback: Mexican Star Returns To Telenovelas, Music With New Projects". Latin Times. Retrieved 14 April 2018. 
  6. ^ "RBD's Christian Chávez Opens Up About Being Gay". People en Español. 11 July 2007. Retrieved 14 April 2018. Chávez had vehemently denied his sexual orientation telling PEOPLE EN ESPAÑOL last October: “If you are what you are, then do it, tell it, yell it out, but I am not gay and no one has the right to make up things about me.” 
  7. ^ "Message from Christian Chavez". groupo-rbd.com. Archived from the original on 5 March 2007. Retrieved 14 April 2018. 
  8. ^ a b Brosnan, Greg (3 March 2007). "Gay pop star's "coming out" causes stir in Mexico". Reuters. Retrieved 14 April 2018. 
  9. ^ Hayes, Christopher (5 March 2007). "Mexico rocked by gay pop star". PinkNews. Retrieved 14 April 2018. 
  10. ^ "Mexican singer breaks gay taboo". BBC News. 5 March 2007. Retrieved 14 April 2018. 
  11. ^ "Mexican pop star Christian Chavez says coming out let him live as he always wanted". International Herald Tribune. Associated Press. 6 June 2007. Archived from the original on 9 June 2007. Retrieved 14 April 2018. 
  12. ^ "Christian Chávez niega haber abofeteado a su pareja" [Christian Chávez denies slapping his partner]. People en Español (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 22 October 2007. Retrieved 14 April 2018. 
  13. ^ a b "Christian Chávez Was Arrested for Buying Marijuana in NY". People en Español. 10 September 2007. Retrieved 14 April 2018. 
  14. ^ a b "Christian Chávez confirma divorcio de su esposo" [Christian Chávez confirms divorce from his husband]. People en Español. 11 June 2009. Archived from the original on 25 December 2009. Retrieved 14 April 2018. 
  15. ^ "Christian Chávez confirma noviazgo" [Christian Chávez confirms engagement]. People en Español (in Spanish). 5 March 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2018. 
  16. ^ a b "Christian Chavez Domestic Violence Arrest -- Tweet Triggered Fight". TMZ. 1 May 2013. Retrieved 14 April 2018. 
  17. ^ "Christian Chavez's Domestic Violence Case With Boyfriend Dropped". Fox News. 3 May 2013. Retrieved 14 April 2018. 
  18. ^ Schiavo, Amanda (7 October 2013). "Did Christian Chavez Attempt Suicide? Singer Says Twitter Photos A Joke, Family Confirms His 'Extreme Crisis' [VIDEO]". Latin Times. Retrieved 14 April 2018. 
  19. ^ a b c Valdez, Maria G. (11 October 2013). "Ben Kruger, Christian Chavez Ex-Boyfriend, Opens Up About Abusive Relationship And Singer's Latest Suicide Attempt In Heartfelt Letter". Latin Times. Retrieved 14 April 2018. 
  20. ^ Contreras, Milly (16 November 2015). "Former RBD Star Christian Chávez Revealed Anahí Saved Him After Suicide Attempt [Watch]". Latin Post. Retrieved 14 April 2018. 
  21. ^ "People En Español's 50 Más Bellos 2010" [People En Espanol's 50 most beautiful 2010]. Latin Gossip (in Spanish). 27 April 2010. Retrieved 14 April 2018. 
  22. ^ "22nd GLAAD Media Award recipients". GLAAD. Archived from the original on 24 August 2011. Retrieved 14 April 2018. 

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