The Untold Truth About Jenni Rivera’s Son Michael Marín Rivera

April 18, 2024
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Who is Michael Marin Rivera?

Trinidad Angelo ‘Michael’ Marin Rivera was born in Long Beach, California USA, on 11 September 1991 – his zodiac sign is Virgo, and he holds both Mexican and American nationality. He’s a reality TV star, but who’s probably only widely known for being the son of Jenni Rivera, the late American actress, singer-songwriter and philanthropist.

Early life and education

Michael was raised alongside his two older sisters, Janney and Jacqueline in Long Beach, by their mother, and their father Jose Trinidad Marin, whom Jenni had met while still attending high school. Jenni and Jose divorced in 1992, and in 1997, she married her second husband Juan Lopez, and gave birth to their two children Jenicka and Juan, but Jenni and Juan divorced in 2003.

In 2010, Jenni married the retired Mexican baseball player Esteban Loaiza, and although they filed for divorce in 2012, they were still married when Jenni died on 9 December of the same year.

Michael attended a local high school in Long Beach, and during his four years there he became interested in various activities, such as playing football, baseball and acting with the school’s drama club. Upon matriculating in 2009, he didn’t enroll at college, but found work to financially support himself.

Career as a reality TV star

Between 2011 and 2013, Michael appeared in 17 episodes of the biographical comedy series “I Love Jenni”, which starred his mother, Chiquis Rivera and Jacqie Campos, and follows the lives of Jenni and her children.


In 2016 and 2017, Michael appeared in seven episodes of the reality series “The Riveras”, which tells his mother’s story, as well as that of her children.

In 2017, he made a guest appearance in an episode of the short documentary talk-show “The Real”.

Love life and girlfriend

Michael’s highly secretive when it comes to his love life, and hasn’t shared the details of any women (or men) whom he has perhaps been with, but it’s widely known that he has a son from a previous relationship.

There are rumors circulating the internet claiming that Michael’s bisexual, and that he’s been in relationships with both men and women; one of his mother’s fans has even claimed to have seen Michael spending time with his boyfriend, however, this hasn’t been confirmed.

Michael Marín Rivera

There are also those who claim that Michael’s today in a long-term relationship with the mother of his son, but he hasn’t commented on these rumors, so this also remains unconfirmed.

As of September 2021, Michael seems to be single, hasn’t married, and has a child.

Problems with the authorities

Michael has been having problems with the authorities since he matriculated form high school.

In 2010, he was accused of sexual abuse by a 16-year-old girl, while he was 19 at that time; the charges were eventually dropped, and Michael thus wasn’t sent to jail. On 21 February 2013, he was arrested on vandalism charges, but released after $1,000 bail was posted.


Hobbies and other interests

Michael likes to travel, and has been all around the US for both work and pleasure; it’s his mother’s wealth that has made it possible for him to travel.

He likes to taste various cuisines, and his favorite is Mexican food; Michael is a bit overweight because he likes to eat, and isn’t a fan of working out.

He enjoys watching movies late at night, and his favorite actor and actress are Vin Diesel and Natalie Portman, while a couple of his favorite films include the franchise “Fast and Furious”, “Pitch Black” and “Leon: The Professional”.

Michael’s a huge dog-lover, and has two pet dogs.

He dislikes social media networks, and thus isn’t active on any.

Age, height and net worth

Michael’s age is 30. He has short brown hair and brown eyes, his height is 5ft 8ins (1.73m) and he weighs around 210lbs (96kgs).

At the time of her death, his mother’s net worth was estimated at over $25 million.

Who was his mother Jenni Rivera?

Dolores Janney ‘Jenni’ Rivera Saavedra was born in Long Beach, California USA, on 2 July 1969 – her zodiac sign was Cancer, and she held American nationality. She was probably known best for her career as a musician, especially for singing regional Mexican songs.

She was raised in Long Beach alongside her four brothers and a sister, by their father Pedro Rivera, and their mother Rosa Saavedra. It was her parents who introduced her to Mexican music, and Jenni fell in love with the genres ranchera, nortena and banda.


She was amongst the top students at her high school, however, she became pregnant at the age of 15, and then began working at a flea market selling CDs to support herself and her baby. Jenni still continued to study, and matriculated as valedictorian (best of her class) in 1987; she then enrolled at California State University, Long Beach, from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1991.

She signed her first contract in 1992 with Capitol/Emi, and in 1995 her debut album was released, entitled “Chacalosa”. At the beginning of her career, Jenni was often told that she wouldn’t make it in regional Mexican music, because the genre was dominated by men.

In 1999, she signed a contract with Fonovisa Records, and with them released her new album “Que Me Entierren Con la Banda”, and it was the album’s single “Las Malandrinas” that made her popular. She released two albums in 2001, entitled “Dejate Amar” and “Se las Voy a Dar a Otro”, while a couple of her following albums were “Parrandera, Rebelde y Atrevida” in 2005, “Mid Vida Loca” in 2007, and “Jenni” in 2008. Her two final albums before her death were “Joyas Prestadas: Pop” and “Joyas Prestadas: Banda”, both released in 2011.


Jenni died with six other passengers on 9 December 2012, when her Learjet 25 plane crashed. On 2 July 2013, her family published the book “Unbreakable: My Story, My Way”, which follows Jenni’s life.

Jenni had no luck in love. Her first husband Jose Trinidad Marin was abusive towards her, and after she divorced him, it was revealed that he had sexually abused her sister Rosie, as well as their daughter Janney; Jose spent nine years eluding the police until caught in April 2006 and sentenced to spend over 30 years behind bars. Jenni’s second husband Juan Lopez was sent to jail for selling drugs in 2007, and he died behind bars in 2009, from pneumonia.

Olivia Wilson

As the Freelance Writer at Net Worth Post, I steer producing riveting stories about the lives and triumphs of influencers. With an unwavering commitment to precision and a flair for weaving compelling tales, I guide our content creation, from the depths of research to the pinnacle of narrative excellence. My responsibilities encompass the full spectrum of editorial management, including the meticulous investigation, narrative development, and upholding the integrity and high standard of our output.

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