Dating as a Latina can be difficult, especially if your partner isn't Latino. And hey, even celebs like Becky G can totally relate. In a recent interview, the singer/actress discussed her career, family, and what being Latina means to her. The 18-year-old Mexican-American noted how being Latina has helped her tremendously throughout her career, but also expressed how it has made dating and relationships difficult for her.
"It means a lot to me to be Latina. I think our culture is very beautiful. I think our language is very beautiful. I think we're very passionate people. We love to love, and that's very beautiful. But it's also very sucky sometimes because when it comes to my love life, I'm always like, ehh this sucks, because not a lot of people have the same in common."
Given her recent split with singer Austin Mahone, it makes us wonder why being a Latina makes it so hard to have a relationship — so we gave it some thought.
First and foremost, family comes first for Latinas, and sometimes that can be hard for a partner to accept — especially when they make you their No. 1 priority. It's not that we don't love our partners, but a Latina's family is a deeply important part of her life. This concept can be hard for a non-Latino partner to grasp. Being present for all family events is a must for any Latina, so it's important to pick a partner that's willing to sit in the rain with you and your family for your eight-year-old cousin Manuel's soccer game.
Latinos have a beautiful language. It comes in various dialects and has recently expanded into Spanglish. If you have a non-Spanish-speaking partner, it can be hard to accept that if the relationship succeeds, there'll be a big chance you will not live in a Spanish-speaking household and that your children may not speak Spanish. While the idea of starting a family with someone else and blending cultures is a beautiful thing, our language is something we may not want to lose.
Latinas are also fiercely independent — we know what we want and we go for it. We do what we need to do to succeed and don't give it, or sometimes anyone else, a second thought. This mentality can put a strain on a relationship. Especially when your partner expects you to check in with them and make decisions together. Latinas need someone who will support their independent nature and encourage them to keep shooting for the stars.
But it's also important to remember that dating is a two-way street, and your partner expects you to accept and embrace their culture as well. Relationships are built on mutual understanding, respect, and, most importantly, love.