22 Jul, 2019 @ 14:02
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OPINION: The ruling that Javier Sanchez is Julio Iglesias’ third-born son is about more than money – it’s about vindication

“For so long, hiding the truth with lies.”

These are the words to one of Julio Iglesias’ most enduring anthems, ‘Se Me Olvide de Vivir’.

He recorded the song in 1978 – when his son Javier Sanchez would have turned three – and the lyrics could not be more appropriate.

Javier’s mother, Maria Edite, revealed exclusively how Julio has not once contacted her after the pair had a week-long fling in May 1975.

Maria admitted she should’ve ‘known what she was doing’, but while she had to raise Javier without any help from Julio, he just lifted his hands and kept on singing.

Even when Javier was declared as Julio’s biological son in a Valencia court this month, the 75-year-old, best-selling Spanish artist of all time, refused to respond to a court summons.

Maria could not have put it better when she said: “It’s always a woman who has to pick up the pieces.”

Not only has Maria had to raise Javier without financial support from Julio, she’s been hounded in the Spanish press as a ‘liar’.

For them, this sentence is about more than money: it’s about vindication.

Joshua Parfitt

Joshua James Parfitt is the Costa Blanca correspondent for the Olive Press. He holds a gold-standard NCTJ in multimedia journalism from the award-winning News Associates in Twickenham. His work has been published in the Sunday Times, Esquire, the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Sun on Sunday, the Mirror, among others. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast to discuss devastating flooding in Spain, as well as making appearances on BBC and LBC radio stations.

Contact me now: joshua@theolivepress.es or call +44 07960046259. Twitter: @jjparfitt

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