- Sinu uses social media to support Camila, especially her solo music.
- Sinu was born in Cuba before immigrating to America with Alejandro & Camila.
- Sinu was on Camila's MTV Immigration video.
- Sinu has come to some of Camila's shows whilst on tour.
- Sinu's very supportive of Camila and often comes with her to work gigs.
Sinu: We flew from Cuba to Mexico, and went by bus to the American border; it took a month. We left everyone behind, my friends, my family. My fear was that my husband wouldn’t [ever] be able to come.
Camila: I remember [her] telling me that my dad became an ant in the distance, while we were saying bye.
Sinu: We went to Miami and stayed with a dear family friend for two months until I got a job at Marshall’s in the shoe department and we could rent a room. It was really hard. I came here with no money and left everything that was familiar. But I just made a list of goals, and every time I scratched one off, I felt that everything was worth it.
Camila: In Cuba, there were days in class where we would just watch cartoons. We weren’t learning. But when I came to the U.S., it was like: homework. A lot of things were suddenly so different—being at a new school without my friends, I didn’t speak the language, and I missed my dad. I had a little Disney calendar I would mark with x’s until the day he was supposed to come. When he finally did, a year and a half later, I was so happy!
Sinu: I focused on getting Camila to study because we would need a scholarship for college. And I worked [toward] getting my degree as a general contractor. [My husband and I eventually launched] a construction company.
Camila: I was very introverted as a kid. But I started bringing my CDs to the YMCA after school; I’d ask for the boom box and go play my music in the corner and people would come over. And I created a little YouTube channel doing covers—I must have posted 50. Even though I’d be like, “Oh my God, this is so bad,” music was the thing I was passionate enough about to get over being shy. After seeing a One Direction “tips on auditioning for The X Factor (USA)” video, I asked Mom if I could audition.
Sinu: She was so shy we didn’t believe she would be able to do it. But I told my husband, “She wants to go to an audition. Let’s go.”
Camila: That was the first time I sang in front of an audience.
Sinu: I have never met someone who can confront her fears in the way she does. I can tell she’s terrified, but she doesn’t stop. She always asks me, “Do you think everybody knows [I’m scared]?” And I’m like, “No, nobody can tell.”
Camila: I think the most important thing I’ve learned from my mom has been: You’re human if you have fear, but you can’t ever let it determine how hard you go at a situation. If anything, it should make you go harder—go for it all the way.
Sinu: I never expected her to be a singer.Camila: Right now I’m in the process of writing about our whole journey. I want to make a love song for immigrants. That word, immigrant, has such a negative connotation—I can just imagine all the little girls who have dreams of coming here and feel unwanted. It inspires me in my music to do my best to give [them] the light that I have. I want to be what people think of when they think of America—a person who, no matter what her first language was or what her religion is, can see her dreams come to life if she works hard enough.�