Born in Mexico on June 17, 1971, Paulina Rubio rose to fame as part of the Mexican pop group Timbiriche before embarking on a solo career. In 2000, her album Paulina cemented her status as an international star. Rubio has been nominated for several Latin Grammy Awards and has sold more than 20 million albums. In 2013, Rubio served as a judge on the American television show The X Factor.
Early Life and Career
Paulina Susana Rubio Dosamantes was born on June 17, 1971, in Mexico City, Mexico. Rubio was the child of Susana Dosamantes, a Mexican movie star, and Enrique Rubio, a lawyer. Growing up, she spent time in Mexico, California and Spain.
Paulina Rubio began her career in 1984 as part of the Mexican pop group Timbiriche. She embarked on a solo career in 1992 with the album La Chica Dorada, a disc that includes the hit single "Mio." Rubio subsequently released 24 Kilates in 1993, El Tiempo Es Oro in 1995 and Planeta Paulina in 1996.
International Music Star
Even greater success came to Rubio with the release of Paulina in 2000. The album reached No. 1 on the Billboard Latin chart and was nominated for three Latin Grammy Awards. The disc sold more than 3 million copies globally.
Two years later, Rubio released her first English-language album, Border Girl. Though that album was not successful, her status as a hit maker was solidified with 2004's Pau-Latina and 2006's Ananda. Rubio followed these releases with Gran City Pop (2009), Brava! (2011), Bravísima! (2012) and the compilation album Pau Factor (2013).
Rubio is also known for her sexy music videos, which include the popular "Boys Will Be Boys" and "Algo Tienes." Today, she is a superstar who has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide.
'The X Factor' and Other Accomplishments
Rubio has been a judge on the reality television singing competitions La Voz Mexico and La Voz Kids. In 2013, she joined the U.S. TV show The X Factor, where she was a judge alongside Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato and Kelly Rowland. Rubio's X Factor job only lasted one season, as the program was canceled in 2014.
In addition to her work in music and TV, Rubio is a model, actress and businesswoman. She collaborated with M.A.C. Cosmetics on a lipstick named "Rubia." Rubio, who currently resides in Miami, Florida, also owns a Miami restaurant called L'Entrecôte de Paris.
Personal Life and Scandals
Rubio married Spanish businessman Nicolás Vallejo-Nájera in 2007. Three years later, the couple had a son, Andrea Nicolás. Shortly thereafter, the relationship unraveled, which resulted in a highly public and acrimonious divorce.
Rubio's public feud with former Timbiriche bandmate Thalia has received heavy media coverage. Rubio made headlines again in 2011 when she was arrested for refusing to comply with Miami police after a car accident. In 2013, she reached a settlement with an assistant who had claimed that Rubio physically assaulted him.
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