Eva Mendes Reveals She Lost Her Brother Just Before She Gave Birth to New Baby

The very private actress is opening up about family life in a new interview. 

The notoriously private Eva Mendes has revealed that the same week she had her second daughter Amada, she lost her brother. 

The actress, who graces the cover of the September issue of Latina, says she was heartbroken over her brother Carlos Mendes death from cancer in April, at the death of Carlo Mendes in April, but that the loss made her family closer. He was 53.

“Losing my brother brought our family closer, and we were already close to begin with,” she says. “So to just see everybody be there for one another and show up, I feel so lucky to have them. And then they were there for me when Amada was born. We had a funeral service for him and that same week I had the baby. So it was really, really intense and obviously beyond heartbreaking, but also kind of beautiful.”

After Carlos died on April 17, Eva, 42, gave birth to Amada 12 days later. She is the second child for Eva and partner Ryan Gosling, who also share another daughter, one-year-old Esmerelda. 

“Well, I have two girls. That’s a lot,” she says. “It’s early for me to make any big statement about having children. My older little girl is not yet two years old. My little one is still an infant, and right now it’s really about surviving those nights and trying to enjoy this time as much as possible with them, and start the bond between Esmeralda and Amada. It’s a really, really special time. I’m loving it. “

Eva also talked work, saying she has been taking time out to be a mom until a special project comes along. 

“I’m not sure, but it would definitely take something really special,” she says. “I don’t like saying, ‘take me away,’ but essentially that’s what work does. I think it can be very, very healthy if it’s something that feels worthwhile. Right now I feel very fortunate to be home with my kids. I feel so lucky, and I’m just taking advantage of that.”

As for parenting tips while she is out of the spotlight, she turns to her mom, gushing about what a good person she is. 

“Everything she’s been through, the challenges in her life, she handles everything with such grace and elegance and has a great sense of humor,” Eva says. “I have a really strong support system within my family and outside, with other amazing women. We love each other and support each other, and I try to do that as much as possible out in the world.”

She also plans to raise her daughters with a heavy influence of her Cuban culture

“We're constantly playing Cuban music. I speak to them in Spanish, and my mom speaks to Esmeralda in Spanish,” she says. “Well, now she speaks to both of them in Spanish. Any time I have an opportunity to introduce her or them—I have to say ‘them’ now, though my newborn just sleeps all the time—to my culture, whether it's through music, or through food, I do. That is a main priority, for sure.”

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