Angélica Rivera

Angélica Rivera Hurtado (pronounced [aŋˈxelika riˈβeɾa]; born 2 August 1969) is a Mexican singer, model and telenovela actress who, as the wife of Former President Enrique Peña Nieto, was the First Lady of Mexico from 2012 to 2018.[2]

Angélica Rivera
Angélica Rivera in France - 2017 (35633555171) (cropped).jpg
First Lady of Mexico
In role
1 December 2012 – 30 November 2018
PresidentEnrique Peña Nieto
Preceded byMargarita Zavala
Succeeded byBeatriz Gutiérrez Müller
First Lady of State of Mexico
In role
27 November 2010 – 15 September 2011
GovernorEnrique Peña Nieto
Preceded byMónica Pretelini
Succeeded byMaría Irene Dipp
Personal details
Angélica Rivera Hurtado

(1969-08-02) 2 August 1969 (age 52)[1]
Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico
Political partyInstitutional Revolutionary Party
(m. 1994; div. 2008)

(m. 2010; div. 2019)
ChildrenSofía Castro
Fernanda Castro
Regina Castro
ResidenceMexico City, Mexico
OccupationActress (1988–2007)

Rivera's work as an actress has included Alcanzar una estrella II (1991), La Dueña (1995), Ángela (1998), Sin Pecado Concebido (2001), Mariana de la Noche (2003) and Tequila De Maguey (2007), as well as the soap opera Destilando Amor (2007), responsible for her current nickname "La Gaviota" (English: The Seagull). As a singer she was a member of the short-lived fictional teen group Muñecos de Papel.

Early lifeEdit

Rivera was born in the neighborhood of Azcapotzalco, Mexico City and has five sisters and a brother.[1] When actress Verónica Castro was filming near where Rivera lived as a young woman, Castro and Rivera met and Castro suggested her to compete in "The Face of the Herald", a contest Rivera won in 1987.


Early acting and modelingEdit

Rivera’s career began at the age of 17, when she won The Face of the Herald contest. She was a model in the video Ahora Te Puedes Marchar with Luis Miguel. She then filmed two TV and radio commercials, one for the United States and one for Japan, followed by the TNT video program hosted by Martha Aguayo.

In 1989, Rivera received the opportunity to play a small part in the soap opera Dulce Desafío. This part was followed by many others on shows such as Simplemente Maria, Mi Pequeña Soledad and La Picara Soñadora. In 1991 Rivera was selected to play the scheming and opportunistic Silvana in Alcanzar una estrella II. In 1995, Rivera was chosen to give life to Regina Villarreal in La Dueña; alongside Francisco Gattorno. In 2003 she played a villain Marcia in the soap opera Mariana de la Noche, produced by Salvador Mejía.

In 2007, Rivera had the lead role in the successful and popular novela Destilando amor as Gaviota, a young girl from the country who went to the big city to look for a better life. As a result of her work on this soap, Rivera is frequently referred to in popular media as "La Gaviota".[3][4]

First Lady of MexicoEdit

Rivera and Peng Liyuan, the First Lady of China, visit Hospital Infantil de México Federico Gómez, a children's hospital in Mexico City.

As the wife of Enrique Peña Nieto, who was elected President of Mexico from December 2012 through December 2018, Rivera was the First Lady of Mexico. She has also, from March 2013, been President of the Sistema Nacional para el Desarrollo Integral de la Familia, the National System for Integral Family Development, a public institution for the welfare of families in Mexico.

Public imageEdit

Since 2010, Rivera has been an instrumental figure in the political campaign of her husband, Enrique Peña Nieto.[5] Having been one of the most popular actresses in Mexico[citation needed], she is seen by The Huffington Post as a person who engages in public with charm and good looks like a "Carla Bruni-type figure."[5]

House scandalEdit

In November 2014, an article was published indicating that her $7 million house in Lomas de Chapultepec was registered under the name of a company affiliated with a business group that had received government contracts.[6] The revelation about the potential conflict of interest in the acquisition of the house aggravated discontent about the government. Rivera released a video in which she detailed her income as a former soap opera actress, stating that she was selling the house and that the property was not under her name because she had not made the full payment yet.[7] Mexicans citizens didn't believe her apology and started releasing memes across social media.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

President at the National Palace balcony during the Grito Mexico, D.F. 15 de septiembre de 2013

On 11 December 1994, Rivera was married to producer José Alberto Castro, brother of Verónica Castro, with whom she has three daughters: Angélica Sofía (born 1996), Fernanda (born 1999) and Regina (born 2005). The couple divorced in 2008.

Rivera married Enrique Peña Nieto, then Governor of the State of Mexico, on 27 November 2010.[9] Days later, she announced her retirement of her artistic career to focus on "this great responsibility by his side, dedicated to my home, to my children".[10] From this marriage, she has three stepchildren.

On 30 March 2012, Peña Nieto began his campaign for the presidency, and Rivera accompanied him to the events across the country. She also published a series of videos which she called "What my eyes see, what my heart feels", where she documented the campaign from her point of view.[11]

On 8 February 2019, she announced on social media that she was divorcing Peña Nieto.[12]


Pope Francis and President Enrique Peña Nieto, accompanied by First Lady Angélica Rivera, held a meeting in the premises of the Presidential hangar following the Pope's arrival in Mexico.


Year Title Role Notes
1993 ¡Aquí espaantan! Gaby Film debut


Year Title Role Notes
1988–89 Dulce desafío Gina / María Inés Recurring role
1989 Simplemente María Isabella de Peñalvert Recurring role
1990 Mi pequeña Soledad Marisa Recurring role
1991 La pícara soñadora Giovanna Carini Co-lead role
1991 Alcanzar una estrella II Silvana Vélez Co-lead role
1993 Sueño de amor Isabel González / Érika de la Cruz Lead role
1995 La dueña Regina Villareal Lead role
1997–98 Huracán Elena Lead role
1998–99 Ángela Ángela Bellati Roldán Lead role
2001 Sin pecado concebido Mariana Campos Ortiz Lead role
2003–04 Mariana de la noche Marcia Montenegro Main antagonist
2007 Destilando amor Teresa Hernández García "Gaviota" / Mariana Franco Lead role


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Sra. Angélica Rivera de Peña". Presidencia de la República. Archived from the original on 31 October 2015. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  2. ^ Recibe Peña Nieto constancia de mayoría Milenio, 31 de agosto de 2012.
  3. ^ 'La Gaviota' pierde sus alas Archived 23 April 2015 at the Wayback Machine El Mundo, 8 December 2014
  4. ^ La Gaviota levanta el vuelo Archived 13 April 2015 at the Wayback Machine El País, 5 July 2014
  5. ^ a b Cheung, Erica (3 July 2012). "Angelica Rivera, Mexico's New First Lady, Has A Soap Opera Past (PHOTOS, VIDEO)". The Huffington Post. Archived from the original on 9 July 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
  6. ^ "Luxurious presidential house draws Mexican press scrutiny". Washington Post. Archived from the original on 10 November 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Subscribe to read". Financial Times. Archived from the original on 7 November 2018. Retrieved 24 August 2019. Cite uses generic title (help)
  8. ^ "Los memes del video de Angélica Rivera se vuelven virales (FOTOS Y VIDEO)". People en Español. Archived from the original on 19 November 2018. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  9. ^ Peña Nieto y Angélica Rivera ya están casados Milenio, 27 de noviembre de 2010.
  10. ^ Angélica Rivera se retira por amor Archived 18 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine Vanguardia, 21 de diciembre de 2010.
  11. ^ "Los videos detrás de cámaras de 'La Gaviota' con Peña Nieto". ADNPolitico (in Spanish). 22 April 2012. Archived from the original on 19 July 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  12. ^ "Angélica Rivera anuncia su divorcio de Peña Nieto". 8 February 2019.
  13. ^ "ENTIDADES ESTRANGEIRAS AGRACIADAS COM ORDENS PORTUGUESAS - Página Oficial das Ordens Honoríficas Portuguesas". Archived from the original on 26 November 2018. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  14. ^ "Archived copy". 19 June 2015. Archived from the original on 14 July 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ "Boletín Oficial del Estado" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 16 June 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2014.

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
First Lady of Mexico
Succeeded by