Who is Ana Gabriel?
Ana Guadalupe Araujo Yong, known better by her professional name Ana Gabriel, was born in Guamuchil, Sinaloa, Mexico, on 10 December 1955 – her zodiac sign is Sagittarius, and she holds Mexican nationality. She’s a singer-songwriter and actress, who’s released 20 studio albums, and has succeeded in three music genres: mariachi, pop and Latin pop.
Early life and education
Ana was raised in Guamuchil alongside her sister Martha Laura, by their father Ramon Araujo and their mother Isabel Young; not a lot is known about Ana’s family, because she respects their privacy, but it’s known that her father died in 2006, and that her sister lost her battle against colon cancer in July 2007.
Ana was five years old when she became interested in singing, and her parents thus paid for her to be taught to sing and play instruments at a local school. She was only six years old when she performed on stage for the first time, singing Jose Alfredo Jimenez’ song “Regalo a Dios”. Ana studied at a local high school in Guamuchil, and was interested in a couple of activities during her time there, including dancing, acting with the school’s drama club, and practicing creative writing.
Ana moved to Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico upon matriculating in 1974, and enrolled at a college from which she matriculated with a Bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1977; the same year saw the release of her debut single “Comprendeme”.
Career as a singer
Ana performed around Mexico in the following a couple of years, and released her debut album “Un Estilo” in 1985, followed by “Sagitario” in 1986. The year 1987 saw her travel to Lisbon, Portugal to compete at the Oti Festival; Ana sang the orchestral version of the song “Ay Amor”, and won third place.
Ana gained recognition in 1988, when her album “Tierra de Nadie” was released, and the following year saw the release of her album “Quien Como Tu”, which became a hit, and made Ana popular in Mexico.
Ana released an album in every year during the ‘90s, with the exception of 1998; some of the most popular amongst these were the 1994 “Ayer y Hoy”, the 1995 “Joyas de Dos Siglos”, and the 1997 “Con un Mismo Corazon”.
In 2000, Ana released her album “Eternamente”, which was full of mariachi love ballads, and featured only Ana singing and playing the guitar. She released five other albums in the 2000s, including the 2003 “Dulce y Salado”, the 2004 “Tradicional” and the 2009 “Renacer… Homenaje a Lucha Villa”.
Ana then didn’t release any new music until 2020, when her new and most recent album “Por Amor a Ustedes” came out.
Awards and nominations
Ana was nominated for a 1991 Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Performance, for her album “Quien Como Tu”, as well as for four Latin Grammy Awards in 2005, 2006 and 2008.
Between 1989 and 2006, Ana was nominated for 29 Lo Nuestro Awards, winning 13; some of these wins were for the 1990 Pop Album of the Year, for “Tierra de Nadie”, a 1993 Best Pop Female Artist, and a 2006 Excellence Award.
On 3 November 2021, Ana received her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Ana has four acting credits; she made her debut film appearance in the 1995 crime horror mystery “The Nature of the Beast”, written and directed by Victor Salva, and which starred Eric Roberts, Lance Henriksen and Brion James. It follows two people with deadly secrets, who have gone on a killing rampage in a desert.
Ana made her debut TV series appearance with her portrayal of Nurse in the 1998 episode “Caroline and the Secret Bullfighter: Part 2” of the romantic comedy “Caroline in the City”.
It was created by Fred Barron and Marco Pennette, starred Lea Thompson, Malcolm Gets and Amy Pietz, and follows the successful cartoonist Caroline Duffy, who’s living in Manhattan, New York City, and occasionally puts her friends in her comics; the series won six awards, including a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Graphic Design and Title Sequences, while it was nominated for five other awards.
The year 1999 saw Ana play Reporter in the popular drama movie “The Deep End of the Ocean”, directed by Ulu Grosbard, and which starred Michelle Pfeiffer, Treat Williams and Whoopi Goldberg. It follows a family whose son Ben has been kidnapped, while he’s only found nine years later; the movie won three of the five awards for which it was nominated.
Ana’s only other acting credit has been her portrayal of Ms. Ramirez in the 2017 episode “Sex, Lies, and Commercials” of the comedy series “Ned and Stacey”, created by Michael J. Weithorn, and which starred Thomas Haden Church, Debra Messing and Greg Germann. It follows two people who have married after having known each other for only a week.
Ana has been featured in numerous documentaries, including the 2005 film “Selena Ivive!, Acceso Total”, the 2016 mini-series “American Epic”, and the 2017 series “Arena”.
Ana has made a guest appearance in many talk-shows, such as “Viendonos”, “Viva el Lunes” and “Noche de Fiesta”.
Love life and relationships
Ana prefers to keep the details of her love life to herself, although she has revealed to be asexual, meaning that she has low to no interest in sexual activity.
There are still some rumors circulating the internet concerning her past and present relationships, and her sexual orientation.
It’s believed by some of her fans that she was in a relationship with Veronica Castro in the ‘90s, meaning that Ana is either bisexual or lesbian. Veronica’s a famous Mexican actress and singer, and it’s said that the two women were together for around a year.
Between 2009 and 2011, Veronica was in a relationship with Hugo Sanchez, a Mexican former soccer player and manager, and there were rumors circulating the internet claiming that they were planning to marry, but these haven’t been confirmed.
Ana has an adoptive daughter Diana Alejandra Araujo, who’s today a married woman: she exchanged vows with Miguel Coronel in November 2019.
As of March 2022, Ana seems to be single, hasn’t married and doesn’t have biological children.
Hobbies and other interests
Ana is highly active on Instagram, and apparently enjoys the attention which she’s receiving from her close to million followers; there are more than 1,300 pictures and videos uploaded onto Ana’s Instagram account, most of which are to promote her concerts.
Ana loves to travel, and her career has taken her all around the world. She mostly enjoys performing in the US and Europe, while her dream travel destination is Barcelona, Spain.
Ana is a huge dog-lover, and her pet dog can be seen featured in some of her Instagram pictures.
Ana is a philanthropist, and has donated money to several animal shelters, and charity organizations.
Ana likes to watch Hollywood movies in her spare time – her favorite actors and actresses are Leonardo DiCaprio, George Clooney and Angelina Jolie, while a couple of her favorite films include “Titanic”, “Catch Me If You Can” and “Mr. and Mrs Smith”.
Age, height and net worth
Ana’s age is 66. She has long brown hair and brown eyes, her height is 5ft 5ins (1.65m) and she weighs around 145lbs (65kgs).
As of March 2022, her net worth has been estimated at more than $10 million.