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Juanes Opens Up About His Family, Music and Struggles

Juanes' autobiography, "Chasing the Sun" reveals his struggles with his father’s death and growing up amid the drug-related violence in his hometown of in Medellín, Colombia.

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Juanes Opens Up About His Family, Music and Struggles

NBC Latino

For Miami-based Colombian musician Juanes, family is the most important thing.

He is currently promoting his book and has several concerts this summer. But he said he has no immediate plans to head to the studio and record a new album.

“Family is the most important thing in life,” Juanes, a father of three, told NBC Latino.

But according to his autobiography “Chasing the Sun,” several years ago, Juanes had been struggling with his family, his marriage and his music.

The book also reveals his struggles with his father’s death and growing up amid the drug-related violence in his hometown of in Medellín, Colombia.

“I hope that the life I can give to my kids is better than the one I had. Of course, my life and my childhood was beautiful, but times were different, back then in Medellín during the end of the 70s and 80s,” says Juanes told NBC Latino. “I’m happy that I can see my kids growing up, happy, surrounded by music and a lot of love.”

The singer also wrote about struggling with weight as a child, and admitted he continues to watch what he eats.

“I work out,” said Juanes. “I just love French fries, pizza, hamburgers and stuff like that. So now, I just take care of my health.”

Juanes has won 19 Latin Grammys, 2 Grammy Awards, sold out concert tours and multi-platinum sales amounting to more than 16 million copies.

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He is married to model Karen Martinez, and they are focused on raising their children.

His two daughters are taking piano and guitar classes, and his youngest, a boy, is into cars ninjas and the drums, he said.

““My dream has come true,” Juanes said. “I do what I love, which is music.”

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