Mexican singer Joy Huerta, one-half of the brother-sister pop duo Jesse & Joy, took to Twitter to announce she’s in a relationship with a woman and they’re expecting a baby.
Along with an ultrasound video of their daughter, Huerta posted a vulnerable and heartfelt message about this new chapter in her life.
— Joy (@solamentejoy) April 17, 2019
“Since I was little I have seen sexual preferences beyond black and white: two people loving each other with consent for me is love regardless of gender. And even though I never thought that the love of my life would be a woman, 7 years ago we met and love took us both by surprise,” she wrote.
The singer, 32, went on to say that she and her wife, whose identity is unknown, are now comfortable sharing the news after rumors began circulating.
“At first it was difficult for both of us to accept that we had reached our destination. But leaving aside the fear and what they will say, I opened my arms completely to my happiness. Today my wife and I are waiting for our first baby, a beautiful baby who thanks to God comes full of health and life.”
Huerta’s honesty about coming to terms with her sexuality is particularly poignant considering the stigma that still surrounds homosexuality.
According to GenForward Survey project at the University of Chicago, Latinx millennials are most likely to identify as LGBTQ.
The survey found 22 percent of Latino millennials identify as LGBTQ, while 14 percent of African-Americans, 13 percent of whites and 9 percent of Asian-Americans identify as such.
In another report released by the Human Rights Campaign it found that the concern about family acceptance is the main problem and concern among Latinx LGBTQ.
Huerta’s openness about her journey toward acceptance will undoubtedly help normalize discussions about LGTBQ relationships within the Latinx community.
She went on to say that while she made this very public announcement about a private matter, she will continue to focus on her music and only share personal news on her own terms.
“I devote myself to music and when I stand before my dear friends of the press I talk about that: my work, nothing more. I will be the one to decide when and how much of my private life and intimacy I share with the world, like I have done today. I love each and everyone of you.”
The duo won the 2017 Grammy for Best Latin Pop Album for Un Besito Más along with six Latin Grammys. They recently collaborated with Gente de Zona for the single is “3 AM,” and just released their latest single “Mañana es Too Late” with J Balvin.