What a shocker! Cristina Saralegui battled with alcoholism after being cut off the air in 2010. She played the role of host and interviewer for decades and now the Cuban journalist is switching scripts and opening up about her dark past. The 66-year-old television star is often referred to as the Latina Oprah. Her two thumbs up and positive phrases had audiences hooked since the 1990's, but once her self-titled talk show got canceled everything changed. Saralegui sat down with Univision's Paola Gutiérrez for a rare interview about her life after the cameras shut off. 

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When talking about how she felt after her show was canceled from the Spanish network, she said, "I felt the size of an ant and maybe it was that God wanted it that way so I can learn to be less arrogant." I never got that feeling from Cristina. She was warm, inviting and felt like one of my mom's Cuban friends. She was probably a totally different person off screen, but it sounds like she got a nice taste of reality to ground her a little.

Saralegui took on drinking to cope with the changes in her career. In the special, which airs on Univision October 18th, Gutiérrez asked her, "When did you realize drinking was a problem for you--that it was an addiction?" Cristina answered, "When my husband said, 'you know what, you are a bad drunk' and it's true. I get nasty when I drink. I couldn't stay that way and for him and for my kids I decided to make a change."

I'm glad Cristina is deciding to speak up about her issues. Alcoholism affects so many of us and oftentimes people don't get the support they need. Pa'lante, Cristina. Pa'tras ni pa' coger impulso.

Get inspired by fourteen other celebs who battled with addiction and sought help. 

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Elizabeth Vargas

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In August, ABC News journalist and 20/20 co-anchor returned to rehab due to issues with alcohol dependency. She said in a statement, "As so many other recovering alcoholics know, overcoming the disease can be a long and incredibly difficult process. I feel I have let myself, my co-workers and most importantly my family down and for that I am ashamed and sorry."


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George Lopez

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The 52 year-old comedian was arrested for public intoxication after passing out on the floor of a casino. Earlier this year, Lopez told Ellen DeGeneres that he has been sober ever since and plans on staying that way.  


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Elvis Crespo

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The merengue singer went to rehab in 2013 after allegedly getting into a drunken fight in a restaurant in Puerto Rico. "I admit I have a problem with alcohol and that I have to work on it. I'm now privately looking for a rehabilitation facility so I can keep going," he said in a statement. 

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Michelle Rodriguez

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In December of 2005, the Fast and the Furious star was busted for driving under the influence (and it wasn’t the first time). As a result, Rodriguez was sentenced to 60 days in jail and ordered to complete a 30-day alcohol rehabilitation program. Today, Rodriguez is one of the most successful Latina movie stars in Hollywood--second only to Cameron Diaz--and she's been delivering brilliant performances in films like Avatar, Fast & Furious 6, and Machete Kills. Go, Michelle!


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Itati Cantoral

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The telenovela actress made tabloid headlines for her alcohol dependence. Some even claimed that she lost her role in the Jenni Rivera bio pic because of her drinking issues. However, Itati denied having issues with alcoholism in an interview back in April. 


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Selena Gomez

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Selena Gomez voluntarily checked into rehab in early January. The reason why is still unclear. While her camp maintains it was for exhaustion, not for substance abuse, other sources are claiming she actually sought help after her family grew concerned with Gomez's experimentation with alcohol, pot, and Ambien.  


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Demi Lovato

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We don't need to fill you in on Demi's story--you know all about it. And the reason you know all about it, is that Demi has bravely told her story over and over again in the hopes that it will help other addicts beat the illness. If that's not inspiring, we don't know what is!

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Oscar de la Hoya

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De la Hoya has been struggling with alcohol and cocaine abuse for years and back in September, the Mexican American boxer voluntarily checked himself into rehab to battle these issues. "This is the biggest fight of my life," de la Hoya told Univision two years ago. “I could put all my opponents in one ring and battle all of them, but this monster is going to be the toughest fight of my life." This week it was announced that de la Hoya was released after completing a 90 day substance abuse program in rehab. "Oscar is doing really well and is now going to lots of (AA) meetings and determined to follow his after care program," Fox News reports. Talk about a K.O!


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Nicole Richie

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Of all the celebs who have gone to rehab in Hollywood, Nicole Richie has undoubtedly undergone the biggest transformation. The former Simple Life star--who allegedly entered rehab for an addiction to heroin--has transformed into the responsible mother of two beautiful children: Harlow Winter Kate Madden and son Sparrow James Midnight Madden. "People ask me, do I blame Hollywood or my parents?" Richie told InStyle U.K. in 2010. "No, I don't blame my parents. It had nothing to do with them. I created it and manifested it, and I got myself through it with the help of a lot of great people," she said.

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Mariah Carey

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She may be one of the most gifted artists of all time--and a great mom to "Dem Babies!" Moroccan and Monroe--but Mariah Carey has dealt with addiction. In 2001, Mimi was hospitalized for extreme exhaustion and a physical and emotional breakdown and she stayed under medical supervision for two weeks.


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Alejandra Guzman

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In 2008, the legendary Mexican singer reportedly entered rehab for an addiction to alcohol and popping pills. 

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In 2001, the singer reportedly entered rehab to battle her addiction to crystal meth. Today, Fergie is happy and healthy and has a beautiful son with husband, Josh Duhamel


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Eva Mendes

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We were surprised when Eva Mendes entered rehab a few years ago, but we were also impressed by her courage. "I'm proud of people who have the determination and the fearlessness to actually go and face their demons and get better," Mendes said of her decision to get help. "This is a life or death situation." 

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Charlie Sheen

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In January of 2011, the actor checked himself into rehab. "Charlie Sheen has voluntarily entered an undisclosed rehabilitation center today," Sheen’s publicist Stan Rosenfield said in a statement at the time. "He is most grateful to all who have expressed their concern." Since then, Charlie has managed to launch yet another successful sitcom, Anger Management.