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Angelica Rivera is a Mexican model, singer and actress, who rose to worldwide fame as the now former First Lady of Mexico, and the ex-wife of former President Enrique Pena Nieto.

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Early life and family

Angelica Rivera Hurtado was born on August 2, 1969 in Azcapotzalco, Mexico City, Mexico to parents Maria Eugenia Hurtado and Manuel Rivera. She has a brother named Manuel and four sisters namely Carolina, Adriana, Elisa Rivera and Maritza.


There is no information about her educational background.


First step

Angelica hit the limelight at the age of 17 when she entered the ‘The Face of the Herald’ modeling competition in 1987. A popular veteran actress, who would later become her sister-in-law, Veronica Castro, was filming a movie when she saw young Angelica and urged her to enter the contest. She won the title that year, taking her to the world of music and television entertainment.

After the competition, she was invited to participate in the music video ‘Ahora Te Puedes Marchar’ (Now You Can Go) by Puerto Rican and Latin American superstar Luis Miguel. That video exposure led her to do two international TV advertising campaigns – one filmed in the United States and the other in Japan. She also co-hosted a TNT TV show with Martha Aguayo.

Telenovela debut

In 1989, Angelica got the recurring role of María Inés, credited as her telenovela debut in the Mexican series ‘Dulce Desafío’ or in English ‘Sweet Challenge’.

A string of small roles in popular telenovelas followed, including Isabella de Peñalvert de López in “Simplemente Maria” (Simply Maria); as Marisa Villaseñor in “Mi Pequeña Soledad” (My Little Soledad), in which she collaborated with Veronica Castro, her discoverer mentor; and as Giovanna Carini in “La Picara Soñadora” (The Mischievous Dreamer).

further success

After gaining acting experience by playing small roles, in 1991 she landed one of the main roles in “Alcanzar Una Estrella II” (To Reach a Star).

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She played an ambitious young woman of a musical group, “Muñecos De Papel” (Paper Dolls), with co-members a young Ricky Martin, Sasha Sokol and Erik Rubin. They then chased a musical career in real life as a group, releasing an album and performing in various cities in Mexico.

Then she was offered a few lead roles – she was part of the main cast of “La Duena” (Lady Owner) with Francisco Gattorno and Cynthia Klitbo, 95 episodes of which aired in 1995; and in “Sin Pecado Concebido” with the English title “Blameless Love” with 90 episodes, which ran from May to September 2001

Her 2003 role as a cunning and manipulative bitch, Marcia Montenegro de Lugo-Navarro in “Mariana de la Noche” (Mariana of the Night/Dark Fate) won her the Best Female Actress award in the 22nd TVyNovelas Awards.

Created by award-winning producer-director Salvador Mejia Alejandre for Televisa, it didn’t win the best telenovela award that year, but the drama gained popularity and aired in 17 countries in Europe and 16 countries in South America, Asia, and the US. .

The year 2007 turned out to be one of the highlights of Angelica’s career. She won the best actress award in the 26e TVyNovelas and Premios Bravos along with an award for Popular Revelation of the Year in Premios Furia Musical and Premios Oyel, for playing the dual role of Teresa Hernández García “Gaviota”/Mariana Franco Villareal de Montalvo in “Destilando Amor” (Distilling Love ).

The drama series won Best Telenovela of the Year from Premios Bravo, TVyNovelas Awards and Premios ACE in Argentina.

Angelica Rivera

It aired on the Canal de las Estrellas network in Mexico for about eight months, with 171 episodes, and was also shown worldwide, even in non-Hispanic countries, including in Asia and North America.

Mexico’s First Lady

Angelica became the First Lady of Mexico when her second husband, then Governor Enrique Peña Nieto, won the presidential election in December 2012, until November 30, 2018 when her husband ended his term in office.

Private life

She announced in February 2019 that she was divorcing her husband who was nine years old, less than two months after he finished his six-year term – the announcement was released via the former First Lady’s Instagram account with the caption: , strength and love are focused on being a good mother, getting my life and my professional career back on track.”

She said she gave her all and deeply regretted this unfortunate and painful outcome.

The divorce has been pronounced and Enrique posted about via his Instagram account on May 3, 2019, thanking Angelica for being his wife, friend and companion, and for her dedication to their family.

Angelica and Enrique were married on November 27, 2010, in a lavish ceremony dubbed the “wedding of the century” in Mexico. state of Mexico. They were both previously married and had children with other partners.

Who is Enrique Pena Nieto?

Enrique Peña Nieto, who is usually referred to by his initials as EPN, was born on July 20, 1966 in Atlacomulco, State of Mexico, Mexico.

His mother, María del Perpetuo Socorro Ofelia Nieto Sánchez, was a school teacher and his father, Gilberto Enrique Peña del Mazo, was an electrical engineer. His deep interest in politics and governance stemmed from being part of a political dynasty as he has a few uncles and cousins ​​from both sides of his family who were former governors. His father would even take him to political rallies as a child, and at the age of 15 he was spreading campaign material, and then he began to dream of a political career. Growing up, he was sent to a school in the US in 1978 to learn the English language well.

Enrique graduated in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in legal studies from the Universidad Panamericana, and in 1991 obtained his master’s degree in business administration from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey.

In 1984, EPN joined the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), and in 1999 began working for his cousin and mentor, Arturo Montiel Rojas, who was then governor of the State of Mexico. Later, he was appointed executive secretary of the State of Mexico for three years. He won a seat as a representative of the 13e District, and ran for governor in 2005 and won; his tenure lasted until 2011.

In 2012, Enrique ran for president and it was then revealed that he had children with other women in addition to his first wife, Monica Pretelini, whom he married in 1993. She died of an epileptic seizure in 2007, leaving him with three children, namely Paulina, Nicole and Alejandrino.

Apparently he had two other children with different women, a son with one Maritza Diaz Hernandez, and another who died as a baby with an unknown woman.

EPN became the 57e President of Mexico with 38% of the vote, marking the PRI’s comeback to the national scene after launching in the 2000 elections. After his term, he retired from public life. He is currently dating a model socialite, Tania Ruiz, and was spotted at a New York restaurant.

other relationship

Angelica previously married Veronica Castro’s brother, Jose Alberto Castro, a TV producer in December 1994. They had three children, Sofia, Fernanda and Regina, but after 14 years of marriage, the couple divorced. Following in her mother’s footsteps, Sofia became a Mexican telenovela actress at age 11.

Interesting facts, scandals and controversies

  • While still First Lady, she was accused of taking advantage of a preferred contractor and winning government projects during her husband’s tenure as governor. She bought a $7 million house through a finance company owned by the said contractor in 2008. She explained that it was bought from her earnings as an actress and it was a loan she had to pay. When she terminated her contract with Televisa, it was part of her settlement and she got the property in 2010. To defend herself, she made a video documenting how she was able to acquire the house and her financial capabilities. She later decided to sell it to stop the controversy, which has been dubbed by the Mexican media as ‘White House scandal’. However, memes spread about it on social media as netizens don’t believe her explanation.
  • She released documentary videos about the experiences she had during her husband’s presidential campaign. titled “What My Eyes See, What My Heart Feels.”
  • The media often pointed out her lack of interest in advocacy for the less fortunate or social issues. She was supposed to lead the Sistema Nacional para el Desarrollo Integral de la Familia (National System for Integral Family Development), but since she became the First Lady, she has not been seen at any of the agency’s events. Angelica chose to focus on caring for her children and husband, which was not going well with other people.
  • She is reported to have spent too much money on her wardrobe as a First Lady. However, fans would defend her by pointing out that she was a popular and successful actress so that she can afford a luxurious life. Critics also point out that she only used luxury brands like Gucci, Chanel and Dior, but never Mexican brands and that she only recently appreciated local brands.
  • She got a nickname from the media, “La Gaviota,” – the seagull – from her popular telenovela series, “Destilando Amor.”


Angelica is 1.71 m tall and weighs about 58 kg. She is of Mexican descent with light brown hair and dark brown eyes.

Net value

sources estimates the former First Lady’s net worth is around $20 million in May 2020. Most of her wealth comes from her work as a Telenovela actress.

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