- Joan Sebastian cheated on Maribel Guardia.
- The story of a telenovela, infidelity and divorce.
- Julian Figueroa Fernandez’s tragic death.
Undoubtedly, 2023 will be a year that Costa Rican actress and singer Maribel Guardia will never forget. In April, her only son passed away.
Julián Figueroa Fernández was was the son she shared with renowned singer and songwriter Joan Sebastian.
Although their marriage looked blissful, the reality was quite different, and very few people were aware of it.
The composer of songs like ‘Secreto de Amor,’ ‘Tatuajes,’ and ‘Rumores’ cheated on Maribel with a Televisa actress. But who was she?
Joan Sebastian met Maribel Guardia at a palenque
It’s worth noting that the sparks between Joan Sebastian and Maribel Guardia ignited at a palenque in Mexico in the early 1990s.
The Costa Rican artist was engaged at the time, but that didn’t deter him. In jest, he told her that he wouldn’t get married.
In fact, destiny had other plans. José Manuel Figueroa Figueroa helped Mary with her first album and shortly after they made their relationship official.
Unfortunately, this marriage only lasted four years, from 1992 to 1996. Julián Figueroa was born on May 29, 1995.
The telenovela that marked them forever
Joan Sebastian and Maribel Guardia starred in the Televisa telenovela Tú y Yo in 1996.
This story introduced the Santillana family: «A family filled with contradictions, disagreements, and adventures.»
No one could have imagined that Joan Sebastian cheated on Maribel Guardia with a castmate.
Ironically, this actress played one of the villains in Tú y Yo alongside Itatí Cantoral, Olga Breeskin and Mónica Sánchez.
Arleth Terán is the villain of the story
Born in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico, Arleth Rocío Terán Sotelo was born on December 3, 1976.
She began her acting career in the 1980s appearing in commercials in San Luis Potosí. In 1994, she started studying at Televisa’s CEA.
Although she appeared in Agujetas de Color de Rosa and Confidente de Secundaria, her big break came in Tú y Yo.
In this telenovela, where she shared the spotlight with Joan Sebastian and Maribel Guardia, she portrayed the character of Bárbara Camacho.
How Maribel Guardia found out about Joan Sebastian’s infidelity
After their split, Maribel Guardia revealed in an interview how she discovered that Joan Sebastian had cheated on her.
One afternoon in 1996, the couple was watching the TV Azteca program Ventaneando, without imagining that Pepillo Origel was about to drop a bombshell.
The entertainment journalist claimed that the singer had been to a nightclub with Arleth Terán the previous night and they were caught in a compromising situation.
Incidentally, Joan had not returned home that night, although he always denied being unfaithful. Maribel put his belongings out on the street.
«I was devastated inside»
«For me, it was like a bucket of cold water, and I told him to leave the house. My mother was there, and she seemed to be me. She fell, cried and I was very calm.»
Julian Figueroa’s mother admitted that she was devastated inside, and as if that weren’t enough, Joan treated her poorly in the telenovela.
Finally, Arleth Terán said she was a victim of circumstances and that she worked with a man who «flirted» with just about everything that moved.