Christián Chávez in 2017
|Birth name||José Christian Chávez Garza|
|Born||August 7, 1983|
|Origin||Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico|
|Genres||Pop, electropop, rock, dance|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, actor, singer-songwriter|
José Christian Chávez Garza (Spanish pronunciation: [xoˈse ˈkɾistjan ˈtʃaβes ˈɣarsa], born August 7, 1983), most often known as Christian Chávez, is a singer and actor best known for his role as Giovanni Méndez López in the soap opera Rebelde and its spin off pop group RBD.
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. 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." "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 magazine called the album's release "the return of Christian Chávez". A red carpet presentation of Esencial was held in Mexico City in June. Chavez 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 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. Chávez declared in March 2007, that the photos showed a part of him that he had not been willing to discuss previously. There was significant speculation over how the photos were obtained as the ceremony had only included immediate family. Chavez released an official press statement on March 30, 2007, where he came out as gay. In 2007, People en Español published a report claiming that Chavez and then-husband BJ Murphy maintained a physically abusive relationship. They divorced in 2009. 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."
In 2009, Chavez was arrested in Central Park in New York after attempting to buy illegal narcotics from an undercover police officer, which turned out to be a false accusation. In March 2012, Chávez confirmed 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. In late April 2013, Chavez was arrested in their Beverly Hills apartment for alleged domestic violence. Kruger also noted that while Chavez's false claims had been defamatory, libelous and slanderous, he had no intentions of pursuing a claim. He has not released further comment since. Chavez released a single titled "Buenas Noches" shortly after the incident, and performed the song on talk shows after sit-down discussions about his arrest.
In October 2013, Chavez published multiple pictures on his Twitter account showing his bloodied wrists in what appeared to be a suicide attempt. Chavez reportedly immediately returned to Mexico from Los Angeles to enter a rehabilitation program. On October 10, 2013, Chavez released a video of himself which was uploaded to his YouTube channel, where he exaplained that he had attempted to commit suicide, and the photos he had uploaded were real. On October 11, 2013 the Latin Times published what they called a "heartfelt letter" from Chavez's ex-boyfriend Ben Kruger on their website noting that in the immediate aftermath of the arrest, the press failed to provide both sides of the story.  In 2015, he 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".
Awards and recognitions
Chávez was recognized in 2010 as one of People en Español's 50 most beautiful and in 2011, he received the GLAAD media award for Outstanding Spanish Language Music Artist for his album Almas Transparentes.
Awards and nominations
|2011||Amigo Awards||Song of the Year||Tu Amor||Won|
|2011||Mi TRL Awards||The Favorite Of The Viewers||Tu Amor||Won|
|2011||GLAAD Media Award||Outstanding Spanish Language Music Artist||Almas Transparentes||Won|
|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|
|2014||Top Chef Estrellas||Himself (Contestant)|
|Esse Artista Sou Eu||Himself (Contestant)|
- Esse Artista Sou Eu performances
|1||Ricky Martin||"Livin' La Vida Loca"||Safe|
|2||Village People||"Y.M.C.A. ft. Macho Man"||Safe|
|6||Michael Jackson||"Billie Jean"||Safe|
|7||Lady Gaga||"Bad Romance"||Safe|
- 2010: Almas Transparentes
- 2012: Esencial
- 2010: ¿En Dónde Estás?
- 2010: Almas Transparentes
- 2011: Libertad (con Anahí)
- 2012: Sacrilégio
- 2012: Mas Vale Tarde Que Nunca (con Ana Victoria)
- 2009: Christian Pocket Show
- 2010: Libertad World Tour
- 2012: Esencial Tour
- Chavez, Christian. "Official Website". Retrieved 19 September 2012.
- Cobo, Lilian (April 8, 2011). "Christian Chavez Turns Heads With Provocative 'Libertad' Video". Billboard.
- Mexico rocked by gay pop-star
- Message from Christian Chavez on March 1, 2007
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