Gloria Estefan Remembers ‘Glee’ Co-Star Naya Rivera: ‘I Feel Terrible’

"When I heard what happened, and the baby was on board. Deep down inside as a mom you know that she would have never left that baby alone unless something happened to her."

Gloria Estefan remembers her Glee daughter, Naya Rivera, with whom she shared a very special relationship even beyond the end of the show.

Rivera was a Latina force to be reckoned with on Fox’s Glee, so it took a woman just as strong as Estefan to portray her mother.

It was a match made in heaven, and a union that continued beyond the end of the show. According to a recent interview with Andy Cohen on his SiriusXM show, the two were working on music together when life took Rivera another direction.

“She had really amazing singing chops. We were gonna do that music, we were working on it and then she got pregnant,” Estefan said, talking about how she was producing music for Rivera. “She married and got pregnant. So, she got side-tracked in that respect at that moment.”

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The Cuban-American singing legend was among Rivera’s many friends and co-stars “praying for a miracle,” as she stated in a tweet, in the days before Rivera’s body was found submerged in the lake.

“When I heard what happened, and the baby was on board. Deep down inside as a mom you know that she would have never left that baby alone unless something happened to her. I have sent prayers out to her family. She was a wonderful, wonderful person, an amazing singer. It was quite a loss, I feel terrible for her baby and for her family,” she told Good Morning Britain.

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Estefan had nothing but wonderful things to say about working with Rivera. Despite only appearing together in two episodes of Glee, it was clear that she went into it a fan of Rivera and walked out perhaps adoring her even more.

“Naya was really down to earth and warm and it was a joy to play her mom. I hope she is remembered as a wonderful triple threat. She was really one of our young acting talents, dancing and singing. It’s just such a shame,” the singer added.

 

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