"It was beyond heart-breaking, but also kind of beautiful"
In May, we found out that Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling had welcomed Baby No. 2 into the world on April 29, 2016, surprising all of us—we hadn’t even known that she was pregnant! She gave birth to her daughter Amada Lee 12 days after the death of her brother, Carlos Mendes, passed away after battling cancer. He was 53 years old.
“We had a funeral service for him and that same week I had the baby.”
It goes without saying that Mendes is an exceptionally private personality. But the 42-year-old actress recently broke her silence in Latina magazine’s September 2016 issue.
“Losing my brother brought our family closer, and we were already close to begin with. So to just see everybody be there for one another and show up, I feel so lucky to have them. And then they were there for me when Amada was born. We had a funeral service for him and that same week I had the baby. So it was really, really intense and obviously beyond heart-breaking, but also kind of beautiful.”
Mendes admitted that she hasn’t “really processed that yet.” That’s totally understandable, as Mendes hasn’t had enough time to grieve, what with two young daughters.
“My older little girl is not yet 2 years old. My little one is still an infant, and right now it’s really about surviving those nights and trying to enjoy this time as much as possible with them, and start the bond between Esmeralda and Amada. It’s a really, really special time. I’m loving it.”
“It’s a really, really special time. I’m loving it.”
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