Written by Zoë Holloway, August 3, 2016

Eva Mendes has spoken about the bittersweet week in April, when she gave birth to her second daughter with Ryan Gosling, Amada, having just buried her brother Carlo.

In an interview with Latina magazine, the 42-year-old admits ‘losing my brother brought our family closer, and we were already close to begin with. 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.’

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‘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.’

Eva continued on to say that she’s happily putting motherhood before her career at the moment, and is raising her two girls, Esmeralda, 22 months, and Amada, three months, to be bilingual.

‘We’re constantly playing Cuban music. I speak to them in Spanish, and my mum speaks to Esmeralda in Spanish.’

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