Ariadna Thalia Sodi Miranda (born August 26, 1971 in Mexico City, Mexico), known mononymously as Thalía, is a Mexican singer, published author, actress and entrepreneur, who has sung in various languages including Spanish, English, Portuguese, and Filipino.
She is recognized as the most successful and influential female Mexican singer, while she is often referred to as the "Queen of Latin Pop" by the media internationally, mainly because of her legacy within the Latin pop music scene of the last 25 years. As a solo artist, she has sold over 40 million records worldwide, being considered one of the best-selling Latin musicians of all time.
She has had 28 Top 10 singles, 16 of which went to No.1 and she has received numerous accolades including five Latin Billboard awards, several Premios Juventud awards and various Latin Grammy nominations. Apart from her success as a recording artist, Thalía has also had a successful career in acting, as she starred in a variety of soap operas (known as telenovelas) that have aired in over 180 countries.
During the decade of the 1990s, she was converted into a television icon and was publicly referred to as the "Queen of telenovelas" by the mass media around the world. She was also reported to be the most successful and best-paid telenovela actress, as stated by Televisa, the largest mass media company in the Spanish-speaking world.
In 2008, the British tabloid The Sun named her one of "the 50 female singers who will never be forgotten" and in 2011, Terra Networks included her in their list of "the most powerful and iconic women in music". She is also an occasional fashion designer and has her own nationally syndicated radio show, while she is an accomplished author having released four books, one of them being her personal memoir.
On December 5, 2013 she was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, as a recognition for her successful career in music and entertainment. Thalía was in a relationship with actor Fernando Colunga from 1995 to 1996 at that time they work in María la del Barrio Thalia married music executive Tommy Mottola in New York City at St. Patrick's Cathedral on December 2, 2000.
Since then, she has been living in Connecticut with her husband and their two children, a daughter named Sabrina Sakae and a son named Matthew Alejandro. Thalía has stated in her autobiography and in various of her interviews, that she has a deep connection with religion, and believes profoundly in God. She also began studying Kabbalah in 2002, while she used many of its symbols in the artwork of her album El Sexto Sentido. In September 2002, Thalía's sisters, Laura Zapata and Ernestina Sodi, were kidnapped in Mexico City. Zapata was released 18 days after her kidnapping, and her sister Ernestina was released on the 36th day.
Thalía has had a series of familial conflicts, especially with her sister Laura Zapata. However, she has opted to keep her point of view regarding to her familial issues in privacy, despite the attacks she has received from her elder sister. In a press interview, Thalía stated that her familial problems with her sister are "just a dark cloud in a shiny sky".
In 2008, Thalía was affected by Lyme disease, a disease commonly transmitted by ticks. Thalía's illness prevented her from promoting her album Lunada, while it functioned as a motivation for her to have a totally different perspective towards life. In reference to her illness, Thalia stated in her autobiography : “I would sweat profusely, soaking my pajamas, the sheets and even the mattress; everything hurt, even my hair, which, by the way, started to fall out. At times it felt as if my head were going to burst, as if there were lead inside of it; my eyes ached in their sockets….the hypersensitivity of my skin was so severe that sometimes I couldn’t even handle the bed sheets.”
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