Gabriel Iglesias loves his adopted son Frankie Iglesias even after the split from son's biological mother
American comedian Gabriel Iglesias talks about his adopted son Frankie Iglesias in his comedy skits despite split from his son's biological mother, Claudia Valdez. The father-son duo shares a commendable connection.
Iglesias to Focus on Himself and His Son Frankie
The comedian has made the audience laugh with his humor and wittiness; however, Iglesias found himself in a pretty tough situation in 2017.
The stress of balancing his personal and professional life took its toll on him as he could not find the right work-life balance. "Everything fell apart," he said in an interview with the People in June 2020.
Gabriel Iglesias with his son Frankie Iglesias (Source: Celebtaller)
The actor went into survival mode, including quitting alcohol for over two years and staying away from his professional commitments for an "emotional rebuild."
I went into survival mode, I drink now, but I needed time to reflect, I couldn't drink and fix myself.
Not only that, the performer revealed to Billboard in 2018 that he broke down on stage while talking about his son and had to walk off the stage. He told the outlet,
I got emotional on stage talking about the fact that my son is no longer a kid. Now he's [Frankie] an adult, he's a man. And it hit me where I got choked up, I walked off stage, and I just I buckled.
In the same interview, Iglesias shared that success and money didn't matter if one didn't give time to the family. After realizing his mistake, the comedian even apologized to his son Frankie for staying away all those years.
I fell down and was like, 'Oh my God, what am I doing with myself?' Yeah there are cars, yeah there's money, but am I still happy? I got a kid at home who has everything, but didn't have me around as much as he could've had.
Frankie eventually forgave his father, reported Nicki Swift magazine. After that, the comedian took time off his professional commitments and reflected as a family man. As a single parent, he now feels:
Home is different for me now. I can focus on myself, my career, my kids, and my dogs.
Iglesias and Ex-girlfriend Raised Son Together
Following his problems in maintaining the work-life balance, the actor split with his long term girlfriend, Claudia Valdez, in summer 2020.
The actual reason behind the breakup is unknown; however, there have been speculations that the two parted ways due to Iglesias' alcoholism and his emotional issues.
Gabriel Iglesias with his ex-girlfriend Claudia Valdez (Source: The US Sun)
The comedian was in a twelve-year long relationship with Valdez. The couple was first spotted publicly together in a 2008 event. They lived in California and raised Frankie [Valdez's son from her past relationship] ever since they were together.
Even though the couple did not have any biological kids of their own, Iglesias always considered Frankie his own and gave him the right to use his family name.