Written by Victor Barreiro Thursday, 03 June 2010 00:00
Christian Chávez burst onto the scene in 2004 thanks to the hit telenovela Rebelde. The show was so popular that audiences wanted more. Immediately following the success of the soap opera, the cast turned to singing and formed RBD that same year. The group went on to sell over 14 million digital downloads and over 20 million albums worldwide in four years. Sadly, the two time Latin-Grammy nominated Mexican pop group called it quits in 2008. Christian then set his sights on establishing himself as a solo artist. Earlier this year, the 26 year old gay Mexicano released his debut album Almas Transparentes. We recently dished about his new release, the past with RBD and his thoughts on marriage equality.
Congrats on your debut album Almas Transparentes. Tell me about it.
Thank you for the congratulatory wishes and for this interview. The album is completely autobiographical. I helped with the song selection and even co-wrote two of them with Samo from Camila, which are “Quiero Volar” and “Nunca Entendí”. I also wrote two all on my own and those are Baby and Sígueme y Te Seguiré. The songs are all a reflection of my experiences in life thus far.
You began your career in showbiz on the hit telenovela Rebelde. Did you think it was going to be the success that it was?
None of us expected for RBD to have the success and magnitude that it did. It all started with the novella then came the forming of the group followed by the tours. It was so surreal. We could not believe it was happening…truly, a beautiful experience that I will never forget.
Will you ever return to telenovelas?
For the moment I am completely dedicated to my album, which is like my little baby. I really should give it my all. Currently, there are no immediate plans to return to the telenovela world. However, if a great script should present itself down the line at the right time, I will absolutely revisit the acting world.
You are an openly gay man. How has the public responded to your honesty?
The truth is the public has always responded so positively to my honesty and thank God for that. The fans have been there from day one and even during difficult times, they've demonstrated affection and support. They've dubbed me “The Authentic Rebel” because of a number of situations, which consisted of me being honest with my stance on certain things, my actions and my way of being.
Where do you think marriage equality will be in five years?
We can hope that in the majority of the world, everyone will have the right to be free and express themselves. Aside from that, the right to be able to marry the person they care for despite their sex. I have faith that our generation has the mentality to tolerate equality and respect, which they will pass on to the generations to come.