Jenni was proud of not letting the pressure of being a single mom to five kids crush her.
"My proudest personal accomplishment is to be able to say that despite my bad choices or decisions, I had to become a single mother to five kids… my world didn’t shut down," she said in Spanish.
A brief look into her personal life will make you agree with Jenni.
Several men in her life failed her in ways that would devastate many people. However, those experiences only made her stronger and she was on the cusp of reaching new levels of success as an entertainer before a plane crash ended her life on December 9, 2012.
Jenni became pregnant with daughter Chiquis Rivera when she was only 15 years old.
Being a teen mom wasn’t easy, especially since it got her kicked out of her parent’s house and ended up in an abusive relationship with husband Trinidad Marín. The couple ultimately had three children together--Chiquis, Jacqie and Michael Marin--and eventually got divorced. Trinidad ended up behind bars for sexually abusing Chiquis and Rosie Rivera, Jenni’s younger sister, in 2007.
This horrible drama did not break Jenni.
Her resilience is part of what made her so popular among her fans.
Jenni’s identity as a Latina made her even prouder of her success.
"To me, as a Latina woman, as a daughter of immigrants in this country, I was able to push my family forward with honor, decency and hard work," she said. "What it has cost me I have paid with the sweat off of my forehead and many other parts of my body."
Watch Jenni reflect on being a single mom below.