She’s the legend that brought Spain their only Junior Eurovision win at the age of 9. And now, seventeen years into her illustrious career, María Isabel has announced she’ll stop making music because of her troubles dealing with anxiety.
Earlier on Thursday, María shared a heartfelt post on Instagram, where she explained her decision under the title “Thank you for everything”.
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“My friends… I made a decision. I’m leaving. I’m leaving music and all those things I once loved, but nowadays being in the music industry is turning so complicated for me. And it’s hard and it makes me angry because I have never stopped fighting.
Due to other issues, I found myself in the need of taking a break. I need time to think, meditate and to decide the way to follow. I could say I will be back, but that will only happen if I finally understand how this works.
I suffer from anxiety, and it’s hard to deal with it daily, and even more in this world. I’ll tell you more about it, but now, with tears on my eyes, I only need to say thank you.
Thank you to everyone who did not leave me alone in this way in the last 17 years. I feel fortunate and blessed for all the blessings that God gave me and keeps giving me. You are the best followers I could have wished for. Ever since I was a kid, you’ve always made me feel over the Moon!
The most incredible thing that can happen to someone who has always fought for her dreams is to be valued and respected. However, it’s time to meditate, to think and to work hard… and God will decide my way. I love you”.
María Isabel: 17 years in the music industry
María Isabel became an icon in Spain at the early age of 9 years old, when she won Junior Eurovision with her song “Antes muerta que sencilla”. The song remains popular and it’s now part of Spain’s general culture. “Antes muerta que sencilla” (Better dead than plain) is now a sentence people say on a daily basis.
She went on to release several albums and starred in films and TV until the early 2010s. After going silent for some years, she began releasing new music in 2015.
The year after she tried her luck at Eurovision, and entered Spain’s Objetivo Eurovisión. However, her song “La vida es solo una” did not manage to impress the public, and came fourth.
She has released several singles subsequently, but none of them have made an impact. In 2020, she entered Tu Cara Me Suena (Your Face Sounds Familiar), where she came sixth.
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