Michael Marin Rivera, who is more famously referred to as Michael Rivera, is an American artist and reality TV star. He is best known as the first son of Jenni Rivera, a legendary American singer. He became popular after he appeared in the family-based reality TV show, “The Riveras” which was aired to continue the legacy of his mother. Though the show was discontinued, Michael and his family members did well to make it memorable while it aired and even after it. But beyond what you have known about him on the TV show, here’s more insight into his life.
Michael Marin Rivera was Raised by a Single Mum
On the 11th of September, 1991, Michael was born to Jenni Rivera and José Trinidad Marin, in Long Beach, California, USA. Sadly, his parents divorced when he was about a year old and he was raised by his mother along with four of his siblings. The artist has three sisters; Chiquis Rivera, Jacquie Marin, and Jenicka Lopez, and a younger brother, Johnny Lopez. He is close to his siblings and he loves them a lot.
Michael Rivera’s father used to be a restaurant manager during his lifetime. He was later sentenced to 31 years in prison for molestation. The victims of his immodest act were his daughter and sister-in-law.
The celebrity’s mother, on the other hand, was a woman of good repute. She was a singer, actress, producer, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. She was such a hard worker while she lived. Sadly, she died in a plane crash on the 9th of December 2012, in Monterrey, Mexico. One of Michael’s posts on Instagram insinuates that she died while going on an official assignment. Apparently, he had a hard time moving on after his mother’s death and he mourned for a very long time. However, he seems to be in a better place now.
Michael Marin Rivera is a Passionate Artist
Jenni Rivera’s son, aside from being his mother’s child, was first revealed to the world as a reality TV star. He first appeared in the series “I Love Jenni” from 2011 to 2013. Later, he featured in “The Riveras” from 2016 to 2020. He also appeared in “The Real” in 2017.
Michael appeared in “The Riveras” alongside his other siblings. The show aired on Universo and the Rivera kids were basically seen pursuing their dreams and doing well to preserve and honor their mother’s legacy. They canceled the show on the 24th of September, 2020. But while it was on, they showed how they managed their mother’s business, including her music, fashion line, tequila, and love foundation.
More than being a TV star, Michael Marin Rivera prefers himself as an artist. He has been drawing for a long time, and he once made a lovely portrait of his mother on the side of a building in North Long Beach, California, where he grew up with his siblings. After being away from social media for a long while, the artist returned and revealed that he had been honing his painting skills.
His Instagram posts reveal that he indeed put a lot of work into mastering his craft, and he finds satisfaction in it. He now does a lot of sign and mural paintings and he is apparently very successful at his job as he posts lots of videos of his work online. On the other hand, he does not do residential works, canvas painting, and paper drawing.
He Maintains a Quiet Relationship Life
Currently, the 30 years old artist has neither a girlfriend nor wife that is known to the public. However, he used to date Drea Ibarra. They two dated for about three years (2011-2013) and they had a daughter before they broke up. Michael’s daughter, Luna Amira Marina Ibarra, was born on the 28th of August 2012 and is currently 9 years old.
More than anything else, the painter appears to be a very proud father. He always posts pictures and videos of his daughter on her page and he does his best to be there for her. He particularly gives her special attention because she suffers from autism.
He Also Has a Modest Social Media Presence
Michael is present on Twitter with 8,703 followers, and on Instagram with 406k followers, but he has no active Facebook account. Despite being a private person, he still puts out random tweets on his page from time to time. He shows off most of his artwork on his Instagram page. He does this as a way of advertising his crafts, and he manages to get clients from within and outside Los Angeles. Aside from his work, Michael also takes time to celebrate his family, especially his daughter on his social media pages as he sometimes makes posts featuring her and what she’s up to.
Michael Marin Rivera’s Arrest and What He Has Been Up To Lately
Michael was arrested in Miami for vandalism in 2013. According to a report, he was seen tagging a sign which eventually led to his detention. He was later granted a $1,000 bail. Some sources also have it that Michael had broken the law a few times while his mother was still alive. According to EverydaynewsGh, the artist was charged with molestation in 2010. He had pleaded guilty to being involved with a sixteen-year-old. He was nineteen at the time. The charge against him was later dismissed.
Since after his release, Michael seems to be working on becoming a better person. He has been more focused on his painting job, and being there for his only daughter. Although most part of his life is not on social media, he appears to be doing very well for himself.