Enrique Iglesias - Young Enrique Iglesias Had Police Protection After Grandfather's Kidnap
Spanish superstar Enrique Iglesias grew up surrounded by police as a young child after his grandfather's life was threatened in a "horrifying" kidnap plot.
The Hero hitmaker, the son of world-famous Latin singer Julio Iglesias, moved to Spain with his mum after his parents divorced when he was just three years old.
The singer had a relatively regular upbringing with his siblings in Madrid until his grandfather, Dr. Julio Iglesias, Sr., was abducted and held for ransom by Spanish terrorist organisation Eta.
Recalling the incident for Vh1 special Behind the Music, which aired in the U.S. on Sunday (30Jul11), he said, "I had a great childhood, until I was eight years old. It was tough because my grandfather got kidnapped. That was a pretty horrifying time."
His grandpa was eventually released unscathed after spending nearly a month in captivity, but the scary incident prompted Enrique to move to Miami, Florida to live with his father for safety reasons.
He added, "Suddenly I was surrounded by policemen constantly. I would have two to three bodyguards (with me all time), I remember it was chaotic, everything was crazy. My life completely changed."