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Christian Chávez, B.J. Murphy & Ben Kruger

José Christian Chávez Garza (born August 7, 1983), most often known as Christian Chávez, is a singer and actor best known for his role as Giovanni Méndez López in the telenovela Rebelde and its spin off pop group RBD. Since 2007 he has been open about his homosexuality. In early March 2007, a magazine published pictures of Chávez signing documents and exchanging rings with another man, allegedly his Canadian boyfriend (and later identified as B.J. Murphy), outing Chávez with them. The pictures had been taken in 2005, the year in which same-sex marriages became legal in Canada. Chávez declared in March 2007, that the photos showed a part of him that he had not been willing to discuss previously.

In 2009, Chávez confirmed divorcing his husband. The reason for their separation has been the subject of much speculation, but Chávez insists that their relationship did not end on bad terms: "[Murphy] is a person I love and respect; I also admire him as a professional."

In March 2012, Chávez confirmed dating Los Angeles Real Estate Agent Ben Kruger after photos of them together were published in the tabloid TV Notas. and later People en Español. In late April, 2013 Chavez was arrested in their Beverly Hills apartment for alleged domestic violence with his partner. Kruger was successful in obtaining a temporary restraining order from the court.

In 2002, Chávez was cast as Fernando 'Fercho' Lucena in the telenovela Clase 406. The series had four seasons and 350 one-hour episodes in total.


Christian Chávez is a singer and actor best known for his role as Giovanni Méndez López in the telenovela Rebelde and its spin off pop group RBD. In early March 2007, a magazine published pictures of Chávez signing documents and exchanging rings with B.J. Murphy, outing Chávez with them. In 2009, Chávez confirmed divorcing his husband. Chávez insists that their relationship did not end on bad terms: "[Murphy] is a person I love and respect; I also admire him as a professional."


In March 2012, Chávez confirmed dating Los Angeles Real Estate Agent Ben Kruger after photos of them together were published in the tabloid TV Notas. In May 2012, People magazine reported that Chávez had signed on as a spokesperson for the 2012 Reelection Campaign of Barack Obama. Chávez was recognized in 2010 as one of People en Español’s 50 most beautiful and in 2011, he received the GLAAD media award for Outstanding Spanish Language Music Artist for his album Almas Transparentes.

In 2005, Chávez joined a new telenovela Rebelde as Juan "Giovanni" Méndez López, a mischievous and rebellious student at a private boarding school in Mexico. Chávez became widely known for his ever-changing hair colors. The soap opera was transmitted in 65 other countries, including the United States, Mexico, Serbia, Peru, Romania, Brazil, Spain, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Croatia and Albania. A major plot line of the show revolved around a group of six students forming a pop band. A notable aspect of the series is that Chávez and five of his other co-stars (Maite Perroni, Dulce María, Anahí, Alfonso Herrera and Christopher Uckermann) became actual members of a real life band RBD. RBD created most of the music used on the show, and the six quickly became one of the most popular music acts in Latin America.

As part of RBD, Chávez went on to receive two Latin Grammy nominations, achieving multi-platinum status with more than 22 million digital downloads and more than 17 million albums sold worldwide. He has performed concerts in 23 countries in 116 cities, selling more than 3,000,000 concert tickets and 4 million DVDs.

RBD's first album Rebelde, was released on November 30, 2004 by EMI. The first three singles ("Rebelde" (lead single), "Sólo Quédate En Silencio" and "Sálvame") were all number one hits in Mexico, with the fourth single, "Un Poco De Tu Amor" reaching number two.

RBD's first national tour, Tour Generación RBD, included 45 sold out dates in Mexico including three visits in Monterrey performing for more than 150,000 fans. The tour was certified by OCESA as the fourth most rapidly sold tour in Mexican history. In July 2005 a live CD/DVD, Tour Generación RBD En Vivo was released documenting their tour around Mexico (45 sold-out concerts across the country, including sixteen in Mexico City alone).

In 2005 RBD released their second studio album, Nuestro Amor. This album set new record sales in Mexico, selling 127,000 copies on its release day, and 160,000 copies within its first week. In the U.S., the album topped the Latin Albums Chart for 3 weeks and peaked at #88 on the Billboard 200. The first four singles reached number one in Mexico. In the United States "Nuestro Amor", "Aún Hay Algo" and "Este Corazón" charted on the Hot Latin chart at #6, #24 and #10 respectively. Nuestro Amor also brought RBD a nomination for the Latin Grammy Awards in the category "Best Pop Album by a Group or Duo". They performed a new version of "Tras de Mí" at the ceremony.

RBD's concert at the Los Angeles Coliseum is one of the fastest selling concert in the venue's history, beating megastar Madonna - 70,000 tickets were sold within 30 mintues. In 2006, RBD sold 750,000 tickets becoming the 14th top selling act of 2006 worldwide.

In November 2006, RBD released their third studio album Celestial produced and directed by Carlos Lara which debuted at number 15 in the Billboard 200, marking first-week sales of over 137,000 copies in the U.S. The album however did not have a full week of album sales, due to its Friday release. Despite this, it became their first album to peak or chart within the top 20 of the Billboard 200

In December 2006, RBD released their first English album Rebels, which debuted at number 40 on the Billboard 200 album chart with first-week sales of 94,000 copies. Included on the album was "Tu Amor" a ballad written by Diane Warren and sung by Chavez.

In 2007, RBD became spokespeople for Pepsi and appeared in numerous ads televised throughout Latin America. In 2008, RBD performed for over 500,000 fans in Brazil, breaking the record previously held by the Rolling Stones. On August 14, 2008, RBD announced through a press release that they would disband in 2009. To this day, RBD is considered the most successful pop group in Mexican history.

In June 2007, Chávez appeared briefly in the stage show Hoy No Me Puedo Levantar, and in May 2008 he participated in Avenida Q (the Mexican version of Avenue Q), where he played the main puppet characters Eugenio (Princeton) and Rodri (Rod); his presence on the shows was intended to be one of the main box office attractions.

After RBD's breakup, Chávez launched his career as a solo recording artist. His first studio album Almas Transparentes, peaked at number 56 on the Mexican pop charts.

In 2011, Chávez turned heads with the provocative music video for his single "Libertad" featuring singer Anahi which became an instant sensation on YouTube with more than 1,000,000 views within three days of its upload. The video featured Chávez in a church confessional telling a priest he was not sorry for his sexual preference. The video featured a cameo by Perez Hilton. "The video looks super sexy", gushed Hilton on his blog PerezHilton.com. "It's inspired us to unleash our own LIBERTAD." "Libertad" continues to be an anthem for gay youth throughout Latin America.

On August 14, 2012, Chávez released the highly anticipated album Esencial, an acoustic compilation of songs performed at his show in São Paulo, Brazil in January 2012. People magazine called the albums release "the return of Christian Chávez". A red carpet presentation of Esencial was held in Mexico City in June. Chavez performed duets with RBD co-star Maite Perroni and Mexican pop/rock singer Ana Victoria.

"Sacrilegio", a track on Esencial also released as a single, immediately landed in the top 10 on Mexican pop charts. Other notable songs on the album include "No Me Olvides", written for Chávez by Mexican singer Juan Gabriel, and a remake of "¿En Donde Estas?" sung as a duet with Indonesian pop star Agnes Monica.

A DVD version of Esencial is scheduled to be released later this year.

On March 30, 2007, after Chávez's announcement of being gay, Ricky Martín told The Associated Press of his solidarity with Chávez's public declaration, saying, "life is too short to live closed up, guarding what you say...(Chávez) has to be free in many aspects. I wish him much strength." Though Chávez is outspoken in supporting LGBT rights and opposing homophobia, he remains one of a handful of openly gay Latin actors and recording artists. He has been the face of numerous HIV awareness campaigns.

In May 2012, People magazine reported that Chávez had signed on as a spokesperson for the 2012 Reelection Campaign of Barack Obama

Chávez was recognized in 2010 as one of People en Español’s 50 most beautiful and in 2011, he received the GLAAD media award for Outstanding Spanish Language Music Artist for his album Almas Transparentes.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Ch%C3%A1vez

Further Readings:

Almas Transparentes by Christian Chàvez
Audio CD (March 23, 2010)
Original Release Date: 2010
Number of Discs: 1
Label: EMI Latin
ASIN: B0036U0BUU
Amazon: Almas Transparentes

José Christian Chávez Garza was born on August 7, 1983 in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. He is a Mexican singer and actor. Christian has been sensationally known as a member of the pop group RBD as well as for his role as Giovanni Mendez Lopez in Rebelde telenovela. Although he gained fame with Rebelde, he has appeared in the amazingly well-known telenovela Clase 406 as the role of Fercho along with his co-stars Dulce Maria, Anahi, and Alfonso Herrera. Christian and his band members are created a foundation, Salvame, to help teenagers in Mexico and Brazil. This young man is on the way to stamp his mark on the pop music scene with his first solo album with fresh tunes for variety audiences! "Almas Transparentes" unique piece to listen to!

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