Enrique Iglesias Talks About Music's Healing Impact and Role in Kids' Lives

Alan Silfen
Enrique Iglesias

The Latin pop star launches a new t-shirt campaign to benefit Save the Children’s Healing and Education Through the Arts program in Mexico.

Enrique Iglesias first created the image for a charity T-shirt by drawing a heart in his own blood, after he severely cut his hand on a camera drone at a 2015 concert in Tijuana, Mexico. A cleaned-up version of that image was used for a shirt created to benefit Save The Children’s emergency fund.

Now, a new T-shirt that features a photo of Iglesias wearing the original is available. The new T-shirt will benefit Save the Children’s Healing and Education through the Arts program, known as HEART, in Mexico. Eleven dollars of the $27.50 price for each shirt goes to the program.

Iglesias kicked off his U.S. trek with Pitbull and CNCO in Chicago this past weekend; the tour stops in Denver, Colo. on Tuesday (June 6).

In an exclusive interview, Iglesias took time to answer Billboard’s questions about music’s ability to heal, kids and music and helping children in need.  

Proceeds from the HEART T-shirt go to help children heal through art. Can you please describe a specific instance in which music helped you to get through a hard time?

There are too many to pick just one! From family members being sick, to normal teen angst growing up, to just being sick or in a bad mood. Music is what keeps me in check.

Today particularly, when music has been tied to tragedy, why is it so important to make sure for people to come together through music?

Music is just something everyone can relate to. No matter what culture they live in, or what language you speak, music is something that brings us all together.

What role do you think music plays in a child's life?

It can help children get that extra boost in their education, can teach them about emotions and poetry, and can just teach them the basics of rhythm and even dance.

You devote your time and celebrity to Save the Children. What can everyone can do to help children in need on a regular basis (in addition to buying the t-shirt)?

Stay in the know. Follow Save the Children on social media and learn about all the great work they are doing in Mexico and all over the world.

Why did you want to support a campaign for children in Mexico, specifically?

I mean, if I could, I’d love to help out everywhere in need. Mexico fans are part of my core fan base. They have been with me from the beginning, along with others, and they are always so kind and caring, I just want to do whatever can be done to help.