No wedding for us: Enrique Iglesias and Anna Kournikova on the secret to their 20-year relationship

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Enrique Iglesias and Anna Kournikova at a tennis match in 2009. (PHOTO: Getty Images/ Gallo Images)
Enrique Iglesias and Anna Kournikova at a tennis match in 2009. (PHOTO: Getty Images/ Gallo Images)

It’s been 20 years since they met on the set of his music video and singer Enrique Iglesias and former professional tennis player Anna Kournikova are still going strong.

Anna played Enrique’s love interest in the sizzling video for his 2001 hit Escape and Enrique recently revealed their three kids have seen it.

In a rare interview discussing their family life, Enrique shared what three-year-old twins Nicholas and Lucy and baby Mary (20 months) think of the music video.

“When they watch that video, I think it does throw them off a little bit,” he said during an episode of SiriusXM’s The Jess Cagle Show.

“What is mom doing there, you know, with dad? When was this? It's actually – it's incredible to watch the expression on their faces. It's pretty cool.”

In the video, the couple turn up the heat in a public bathroom, a car and an empty theatre.

Before shooting the video, Enrique (46) told MTV’s Making the Video that he had never met Anna but was a big fan.

“I’m sure a lot of guys want to meet her. I’m one of them,” he said at the time. “She’s beautiful, talented, a great tennis player, and I’m sure she’s going to be great in the video.”

The couple hit it off instantly and went public with their relationship in August the following year.

They have kept their relationship out of the public eye and rarely speak about it in interviews.

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The couple have kept most of their relationship private over the last two decades. (PHOTO: Getty Images/ Gallo Images)

“For me, my personal life, I do try to keep it as private possible because I need that balance,” Enrique said in a 2014 interview.

“When I go home, I want to make sure that whatever goes on in my house, it's just for me and my loved ones and I need that.”

After welcoming the twins in 2017, he raved about Anna (40) as a mother but admitted that like any couple they go through dips in their relationship.

“You still go through your ups and downs [when you become parents] and it’s not always perfect. But it is perfect in a way. It’s incredible to watch her be such a great mother.”

While the couple’s relationship has stood the test of time, marriage doesn’t seem to be on the cards for them.

“It isn’t important to me. I’m in a happy relationship – that’s all that matters,” Anna said in a previous interview.

“I believe in commitment. I believe in being open and trusting each other and respecting each other completely.”

Enrique shares this sentiment. He says marriage wouldn’t make a difference to their relationship.

“Maybe it’s because I come from divorced parents, but I don’t think you love someone more because of a piece of paper,” he explained.

“Nowadays, it’s not taboo to have kids and not be married. What makes a difference is that you’re a good parent, period.”

It’s widely believed that opposites attract, but for them it works the other way around, Anna says.

“You know, it's not easy being together for so long, but I kind of understand him a lot because he's the male version of me and I'm kind of the female version of him.”


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