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Lesbian who was encouraged to become an actress by Salma Hayek



Yolanda Andrade would have gone on a different career path if not for her encounter with Hollywood star, Salma Hayek. Thanks to their meeting, Andrade has succeeded in climbing the success ladder in the entertainment industry.

Beyond her undeniable talent, her sexuality has kept fans talking and her name in the spotlight.

So, who is Yolanda Andrade?

Yolanda Andrade

Yolanda Andrade biography

Yolanda Josefina Andrade Gómez was born in 1970 in Culiacán, a city in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. Andrade completed her high school education in Culiacan before moving to Mexico City. Interestingly, Andrade’s career can be attributed indirectly to Salma Hayek. 

Hayek is a Mexican-American actress, producer and former model. She gained prominence in Hollywood for her roles in films such as Desperado, Frida and From Dusk Till Dawn. She is known for her acting skills, as well as her advocacy for women’s rights and social causes.

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Initially, Andrade had no plans of becoming an actress but everything changed when she met Hayek. The renowned actress convinced Andrade to pursue acting and even invited her to attend Televisa’s famous educational institution, Centro de Educación Artística (CEA), located in Mexico City.

Yolanda Andrade with her friend Hayek

Andrade then relocated from Culiacán to CEA to pursue her acting dreams. This marked the beginning of Andrade’s career journey.

Since the first encounter between Hayek and Andrade, the two ladies have remained friends over the years. According to Then24, Andrade once praised the screen goddess, saying: “Friendship is the most beautiful responsibility. #salmahayek #yolandandrade Let’s learn to choose the right people to accompany each other on this Journey of Life.”

Andrade’s sexuality is something that has caught the attention of fans over the years. Even though there have always been speculations that she is a lesbian, her love life is one aspect of her life that was not as publicised as her career. Hence, when one of her relationships caught the eye of the media, fans jumped on it. 

In an interview with TV Azteca’s “Ventaneando,” according to Latin Times, Andrade discussed her relationship with former La Voz México contestant, Melissa Galindo. Andrade expressed that she has always been open about her feelings and has nothing to hide. This revelation comes after years of speculation about Andrade’s sexuality.

While her relationship with Oliver seems to have ended on a good note, her controversial relationship with fellow American actress, Veronica Castro, has got the media buzzing.

In September 2019, Andrade hinted at a marriage with a famous Mexican actress, eventually confirmed as Verónica Castro. The revelation sparked controversy between them. Castro denied the marriage and refuted the claim of being a lesbian. Andrade defended their relationship and posted videos and pictures on social media of their time together. The television host also mentioned an incident involving Cristian Castro. The controversy between the two actresses was a big one that affected their relationship till today.

Yolanda Andrade career

Three years after she finished her acting studies at CEA, she landed her first role in a soap opera. She portrayed “Clara Robledo” in the series, Yo No Creo En Los Hombres, which was based on the radionovela of the same name written by Caridad Bravo Adams. For her exceptional performance as “Clara”, Andrade received the Best Young Actress award from TVyNovelas.

Andrade’s career took a significant leap forward when she appeared in Las Secretas Intenciones, a Univision series that aired for approximately four months in 1993. This project was notable because it marked her first collaboration with Cristian Castro, the renowned pop singer. It also brought to mind her connection with Veronica Castro, the mother of Cristian Castro, and sparked rumours about a potential romantic relationship between Andrade and Castro. Andrade, an openly gay icon, confirmed the rumours herself.

In addition to her television work, Andrade also ventured into the film industry with her debut in the 1997 Mexican documentary Who The Hell is Juliette? 

In 2000, Andrade and her friend, Montserrat Oliver, co-hosted the TV show, Hijas de la Madre Tierra. The show achieved great success, including a special broadcast from the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

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In 2002, she made an appearance on the popular Big Brother VIP. Andrade went on to participate in various other television programmes, including Mojoe, Gran Musical and Otro Rollo.

Yolanda Andrade smiling

Yolanda Andrade movies

Andrade’s movies include:

  • Yo no creo en los hombres (1991) as Clara
  • Las Secretas Intenciones (1993) as Larissa
  • Mujer, casos de la vida real (1994) as  Perdon por Amor
  • Buscando el Paraiso (1994) as Dalia
  • Retrato de Familia (1995) as Elvira
  • Mujer, casos de la vida real (1995) as El Lugar Ideal
  • Sentimientos Ajenos (1996) as Sofia
  • Los hijos de nadie (1997) as Lucila

Yolanda Andrade net worth

According to multiple reports online, Andrade net worth is estimated to be between $1 million to $5 million.

Yolanda Andrade family

Andrade’s parents are Rolando Andrade and Rafaela Gómez.

She has four siblings: Marile, Cecilia, Rolando, and Jesús.

Yolanda Andrade age

Andrade was born on December 28, 1971. She is currently 51 years old and will be 52 years old in 2023.

Yolanda Andrade now

Yolanda Andrade has been faced with health challenges in recent times, which has raised concern among her fans. Andrade had previously battled with alcoholism but luckily she overcame it. Now in a recent interview, she has come out to reveal her deteriorating health condition.

Yolanda Andrade at an event

She revealed to her fans that she has not been feeling well. She explained that she is going through a tough time, feeling tired and in need of rest.

Addressing the photos and updates she had shared about her health, Andrade emphasised that she has not relapsed into alcoholism.

The television host said: “I shared them because there was confusion about whether I had entered the clinic due to a relapse. I did not have a relapse, I just wanted to explain that so that there was no confusion. It’s a very long story… very long…We haven’t stopped working for 23 years, we even worked while my daughter was in the hospital, I didn’t come to work because I was in the hospital…I am very tired.”

Another recent scenario is when she was seen wearing an eye patch, which caught the attention of her fans and audience. It turns out that the eye patch is not a fashion choice or a simple accessory. Instead, it is a medical device that Andrade needs to protect and aid in the healing of her eye. She shared that she had recently undergone eye surgery, which is why she requires the patch.

She also revealed that she is still dealing with an eye issue caused by an aneurysm. She mentioned that there was mention of a tumour, but was informed that it is no longer a concern. Because of this, rumours about Andrade leaving the show, Montse & Joe, which she co-hosts with Montserrat Oliver have surfaced.

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