Yotuel Romero has been linked to our country for more than 20 years. However, he has never dared with the pressure of a ‘talent show’ … until now. The Cuban is one of the 16 celebrities who have donned the apron of the sixth edition of ‘MasterChef Celebrity’ and who in the coming weeks will put his culinary skills to the test in front of the ‘feared’ jury composed of Samantha Vallejo-Nájera, Pepe Rodríguez and Jordi Cruz.
Yotuel Omar Manzanares Romero was born in Havana on October 6, 1976, so the experience of the Spanish Television program begins with 44 years. Singer, actor and character committed to the politics of Cuba, he is also known for sharing his life for almost two decades with Beatriz Luengo, whom he met on the Antena 3 series ‘Un paso ahead’.
A complicated childhood
Not easy were the first years of Romero’s life, marked by the abandonment of his father and limited financial resources. As he told in an interview for ‘Week’, “They only had a bone of meat to eat, so they had to make the most of it”: “We boiled the leg, from that water we made soup, we minced the meat, we added tomato …”.
In the opinion of the contestant on the cooking show, “life in Cuba is very difficult”, since “the government does not allow someone to be rich or powerful.” Yotuel confirmed to the same publication that he decided to radically change his life at age 20: “I went to Paris without anything, without speaking French, without knowing the world […] I fought for my dreams and, although there were people who told me that I had set a very high goal, I thought that if it was not that way I would never be able to take the big leap. ”
The stroke of luck that Luengo’s husband was looking for came in 1999, when he joined Roldán and Ruzzo to form Orishas. The success of this Latin hip hop band did not take long to transcend the borders of Cuba and reach other Latin American countries. Nor did the public on the other side of the pond resist them, so they soon began to have relevance on the small Spanish screen through their appearances in spaces such as ‘Música Sí’ (TVE).
After several nominations, in 2007 the group won the Grammy award for best urban song with ‘Pal norte’, a collaboration with Calle 13. Orishas is currently on an indefinite period of rest. This was made official by Yotuel at the beginning of the year in a talk with the EFE Agency, claiming that the relationship with his two companions “had cooled off”: “Only God knows if Orishas will return one day, in five, ten or fifteen years. I don’t know.” For the moment, the artist has embarked on his solo career path and succeeds with the song ‘Rebelde’ with Beatriz Luengo and Omar Montes.
‘Rebelde’ by Omar Montes, Beatriz Luengo and Yotuel. (Youtube)
He found love in ‘UPA’
The first great opportunity in Spain for the singer came from the hand of Antena 3. The Cuban signed for ‘A step forward’ from the third season to give life to Pável Rodríguez, thus making a small gap in the panorama of interpretation at the national level. The pull of Globomedia’s production also opened the doors to the group that emerged from it, ‘UPA Dance’.
However, his acting career has not been as prolific as the musical one. After his role in the hit series that aired between 2002 and 2005, he has only played that of Horacio in the movie ‘The companion’. Of course, thanks to ‘UPA’, Yotuel and Beatriz Luengo, whose characters fell in love in front of the cameras, they overcame the barrier of fiction and began a relationship that continues to this day.
Maximum involvement with Cuba
In recent months, in which the country has experienced a truly turbulent situation, Yotuel Romero has become the chronicler most used by Spanish networks to explain what is happening in Cuba. The shortage of food and vaccines in the Caribbean country caused the population to take to the streets last July to protest against the management of the Government of Miguel Díaz-Canel. Some protests that, through his music and his statements, he fiercely defended.
In ‘Everything is true’, the program that Risto Mejide presents in Cuatro, the former Orishas had little to cry over the atmosphere of tension on the island: “It must be said, it is a dictatorship. It is not a government, it is the Cuban dictatorship. ” And if that was not enough, He confessed that “he did not speak with part of his family” for political reasons: “They are putting us to ‘shock’ Cubans against Cubans.” This facet of activist has led him to meet such relevant faces as the President of the United States, Joe Biden.
Passion for his family
Yotuel Romero does not hesitate to share on social networks touches of his family life, which revolves around Beatriz Luengo and the two children they have in common. The artist is a father in addition to Yotuelito, 21, fruit of a previous relationship.
The couple has shown that it is also pure complicity on stage, as they have embarked on various musical projects together. Both have dared to imitate other singers in ‘Tu cara me suena’ and have created ‘Como tú hay dos’ or ‘Together we are more’, the official theme of Mediaset Spain for Euro 2020.