Love is not always enough. That's just one of the lessons that the late Jenni Rivera left us. Her estranged husband, former baseball player Esteban Loaiza, recently explained with a heavy heart why he wasn't at the public memorial service for the Diva de la Banda.

"Greetings to the family and all the fans that loved her so much. The reason I was not at the memorial service was out of respect to the Rivera family, but I send my heartfelt condolences to all of them," he explained in a telephone interview with Univision news show Primer Impacto.

I'm glad Loaiza decided to stay away from Jenni's family. Even though the reasons behind their split were never made public, it's obvious that a lack of love was not the cause of that breakup. Jenni only said that Loaiza had committed "atrocities" which she could not live with, but she never really came out and said what those were--and she never said she didn't love him.

"I'm going to remember her with all my heart. I loved her so much and STILL love her," Loaiza said in the interview. "I'm going to remember her for many reasons, but most of all for her smile, her love, the stories and motivation behind her songs, her fans, her family."

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The couple married after a 2-year romance in 2010 with more than 800 guests in attendance at the Simi Valley, California nuptials. Jenni filed for divorce just this past October, a few days after their second anniversary. Right before her death, she hinted that she was going through a difficult and painful time.

The rumor mill swirled around money issues (it was reported that Loaiza may have stolen money from Rivera) and some sources hinted that with Esteban may have even romanced Jenni's oldest daughter, Janney "Chiquis" Marin. River never addressed either of the rumors. Chiquis, however, has vehemently denied her involvement in the breakup of her mom's marriage, saying repeatedly via Twitter that she was being unjustly accused.

Jenni and Loaiza did have a prenuptual agreement, but it's not known what were the provisions pertaining to her death. It's estimated that her worth is upwards of $300 million.

Although the public service was held at the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles yesterday, the family has decided to have a private funeral and burial which will be today at the All Souls cemetery in Jenni's hometown of Long Beach,  California.

Image via Univision 

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My heartfelt prayers to Jenni's family and the family of the others that were on the plane. May you trust your faith in GOD and allow him to guide you through this tragic accident.Esteban you are to be commended for your respect to the Rivera Family. Not sure (none of my business) why you and Jenni was going through a divorce, but hopefully you are at peace. GOD bless all of you!
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I believe that as her husband his duty was to be by her side all the way
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I respect the decision that Estaban Loaiza decided but I do belive that Jenni loved him with all of her heart....She mentions her love of endearment Nick name " Pelon" and after there separation she was singing with her brother's and wanted to get drunk to eazen the pain and she mentions more than once....Ayyyy Pelon!!!! Like saying "why".They both look so much in love and very happy.. She was the spending the most happier time of her life with her " Pelon"But Chikis.... She will have to face the entire Rivera family and one day God and her Mom.. @ the funeral she looked more guilty than grieving ..She needs to stay away from the children and stop playin"the victim"we can read your lips... And they were saying the opposite of what you read to your Mom....Those words were not coming from your heart but from black and white... Learned from your 11 years old Brother.... That"s pain from his heart....God have mercy on you...Shame on you!!
STafoya

Only HE truly KNOWS why he did not attend and he must have had a good reason to miss out on attending her services!!! I sense a bit of GUILT with choosing in NOT to attend... When the "reasonable thing is to choose not to go" it says a lot about his character: he knows he caused hurt or that he WOULD cause them more hurt and he decided to make ONE good last choice and give them peace in an already difficult time...

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I feel that he felt embarassed for that rumor about him and Chikis. Plain and simple, Embarassed and guilty.
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Sending my condolences to jenni's immediate true loved ones... It's written all over chiquis face. Is it called GUILT..? Yes! Ok.. Now why in the world would chiquis ask for forgiveness? Quote:"Disculpa me" [in her whisper voice] At the very begining of her speech, listen closely you can clearly hear chiquis say "forgive me".. Don't get it twisted now..It can mean a whole lot of things.. But.. The relationship Chiquis & Jenni had toward the end, simply reflect guilt. We ♥ u Jenni

 I believe you may be right .

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