MIAMI — Gloria Estefan last week said she is not ready to perform in Cuba, even though the U.S. has normalized relations with her homeland.
“I personally would find it very tough to go there,” she said in a video the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame released on May 18.
Estefan was born in Havana. Her family fled to Miami after Fidel Castro toppled then-President Fulgencio Batista in the 1959 Cuban revolution.
Estefan said during the clip that Juanes, a Colombian singer, invited her to attend a concert he gave in Cuba. She acknowledged the Rolling Stones “had a great concert” in Havana in March, but stressed “she cannot get on a stage with a million Cubans in front of me and not say something.”
“I also wouldn’t want to cause any violence,” she said. “I don’t want to end up in jail. I don’t want to look at Che Guevara watching me while I sing ‘Mi Tierra’ and ‘Cuba Libre,’ which is a joke, and leave and leave the people in the same situation as they are.”
Estefan and her husband, Emilio Estefan, attended a Family Equality Council gala in New York earlier this month. The Cuban-born singer was the grand marshal of the 2014 Miami Beach Gay Pride parade.