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Spanish judge rules 43-year-old man is son of Julio Iglesias

11 July 2019

A Spanish court ruled on Wednesday (July 10) that singer Julio Iglesias is the father of a 43-year old man, resolving a paternity dispute that had lasted three decades after the veteran star refused to take a DNA test.

Judge José Miguel Bort said the decision was made due to the resemblance between the two men, and on the basis of Edite's testimony.

The judge refused to admit the DNA evidence allegedly obtained from the singer's son, Julio Iglesias, Jr.

The singer also has eight other children in total.

Sánchez says his mother, María Edite Santos, gave birth to him in 1975 exactly nine months after she met Iglesias at a party.

The new trial began after lawyer Fernando Osuna argued that new DNA evidence from the United States by an investigator was a 99.9% match.

The detective managed to get close to the singer's son Julio Iglesias Junior while he was surfing in Miami and picked up a bottle of water that was used in a DNA test, the lawyer said. The subsequent test and comparison with Javier's DNA showed that the pair were brothers.

The judge in Valencia said there were enough clues to determine paternity, and cited Iglesias' refusal to "enable the collection of biological evidence" as one of the deciding factors. She provided "very specific data on the property, location and interior layout of the villa" where Julio Iglesias was staying at that time, the judge said.

Iglesias is known for his romantic ballads and a prolific love life that has always been fodder for tabloid headlines.

Iglesias was married to his first wife Isabel Preysler when the affair with is said to have taken place.

Julio Igleasias has three children with first wife Isabel Preysler, and five with his current partner, Dutch model Miranda Rijnsburger.

Iglesias has often presented himself as an unapologetic flirt with "an obsession for sex".

Spanish judge rules 43-year-old man is son of Julio Iglesias