Gloria Estefan: Fidel Castro Death “Can Only Lead To Positive Change”
Gloria Estefan reacted to the death of Fidel Castro with a long message reflecting on the controversial leader’s effects on the Cuban people.
As Gossip Cop reported, Castro died on Friday at age 90. It was decades earlier that the Havana-born Estefan fled Cuba with her family, settling in Miami during the revolution. The future singer’s dad, a former Cuban soldier who worked for dictator Fulgencio Batista, went on to join the U.S. military.
Estefan, who became an American citizen in 1974, is now sharing her personal reaction to Castro’s passing. Along with a photo of refugees on a makeshift boat, she wrote in a lengthy Instagram post, “Although the death of a human being is rarely cause for celebration, it is the symbolic death of the destructive ideologies that he espoused that, I believe, is filling the Cuban exile community with renewed hope and a relief that has been long in coming.”
The singer continued, “And although the grip of Castro’s regime will not loosen overnight, the demise of a leader that oversaw the annihilation of those with an opposing view, the indiscriminate jailing of innocents, the separation of families, the censure of his people’s freedom to speak, state sanctioned terrorism and the economic destruction of a once thriving & successful country, can only lead to positive change for the Cuban people and our world.”
She concluded, “May freedom continue to ring in the United States, my beautiful adopted country and may the hope for freedom be inspired and renewed in the heart of every Cuban in my homeland and throughout the world.” Estefan’s reaction is one of the longest comments so far among celebrities reacting to Castro’s death. She also posted the message in Spanish.