Photo: Jenni Rivera
Today would have been El Diva de la Banda, Jenni Rivera’s 44th birthday and her fans are getting more of her posthumously with her memoir called “Unbreakable”.
The book does not hold back on much - there is all the accomplishments of Rivera but also the dark periods that include rape, teen pregnancy, domestic abuse, and an incarcerated ex-husband.
The book is true to the spirit of Rivera and the style in which she communicated with her fans: raw honesty.
This book, which she started several years ago, is bitter sweet since the late great Mexican American singer lost her life on a plane crash late last year in Mexico. Rivera’s family, which includes five children, disclosed she would write notes about her life in between concerts hoping to publish the book years from now.
This book is in Rivera’s own voice and the only one authorized by her extensive family, though others have written books about the public side of Rivera.
The book highlights many things that her devoted fans know and love her for: surviving an abusive first husband to her suicide attempt at 19 and her struggles as a single mom with no money. There are some surprises in the book that Rivera had not disclosed before, such as a secret lover and a rape by a colleague early in her career.
On December 9, 2012, the private jet carrying two pilots, Rivera, and four other passengers lost contact with air traffic control near Iturbide, Nuevo Leon, Mexico at around 3:25 a.m. Later that day, the learnt was found, having crashed and killed everyone aboard. Rivera was 43 and left behind five children who range in age from 12 to 26.
The motto Rivera lived by was “My soul had been shattered but to the outside world I did just as I had been taught since I was a little girl,” “I kept my head up and continued forward.”
And that is why her legions of fans continue to mourn and honor her with their devotion to her memory.