Singer Gloria Estefan has revealed the CIA once tried to recruit her to be a spy when she was working at Miami International in U.S. Customs as an interpreter. ”They realized that I was someone who could pass as a regular person without raising any eyebrows,” Estefan said (Via the Miami Herald). “’So the CIA approached me and wanted me to train in Atlanta.”
Estefan, who is fluent English, Spanish and French, was very reluctant to take the job, as her father had worked for the Cuban government and was imprisoned after being captured at the Bay of Pigs Invasion in 1961.
It’s likely she didn’t accept the offer by the CIA, but Estefan didn’t feel like denying it completely. “Maybe I made the decision [to do it],” she said. “What better cover than going around as a singer, talking to presidents, talking to kings, close to all the people they wanted access to? So, who knows?”