Aracely Arámbula Jacques was born on March 6, 1975, in Chihuahua, Mexico. Aracely decided early on that she would become a famous entertainer, and growing up she took every opportunity to show off her singing and acting in amateur productions and venues. It was also clear that Aracely would grow up to be a beautiful young woman, and even in elementary school she was voted her school’s beauty queen.
Aracely’s first brush with fame at a wider level came in 1993, when she was the winner of the Rostro del Heraldo contest, a beauty pageant sponsored by the Heraldo newspaper. Fresh from that success, Aracely moved to Mexico City, where she was accepted into the acting school of Televisa, Latin America’s largest media conglomerate. After she completed her course of study at the Centro de Educacíon Artística (the Artistic Education Center), Aracely was hired straightaway to act in Televisa’s telenovelas.
Aracely began her telenovela career playing bit parts, but her upward trajectory would quickly become apparent. Starting out on Prisionera de amor (Prisoner of Love) in 1994, her popularity grew through appearances throughout the mid-1990s on such soaps as Acapulco, cuerpo y alma; Cañaveral de pasiones; Can cíon de amor; Mujer, casos de la vida real; Pueblo chico, infierno grande; El alma no tiene color; and Rencor apasionado.
In 1998, Aracely’s cachet grew to the point where she starred as part of a telenovela ensemble, playing Jacqueline de la Peña on Soñadoras (Dreamers). The next year, Aracely played María Elena Hernández in Alma rebelde (Rebel Soul), and in 2000, she starred in Abrázame muy fuerte (Embrace Me Tightly). In 2002, Aracely starred in Las vías del amor (The Ways of Love) as Perla Gutiérrez Vázquez, which was to be her last role on a telenovela; Aracely was gearing up to become a singer. Her debut single, “Bla, Bla, Bla,” was featured on the Abrázame muy fuerte soundtrack, and she wrote and performed “Maldita Soledad” for Las vías del amor.
In March 2002, Aracely signed with Disa Latin Music and released a full-length record in the onda grupera style, which encompasses such Mexican genres as banda and tejano music. Solo Tuya, featuring the hit single “Te quiero igual o mas que ayer,” was released in late 2002. Aracely followed up Solo Tuya with her second album, Sexy, in 2005, which featured the hit single of the same name, as well as “Maldita soledad” from Las vías del amor.
Aracely gained added notoriety at about the same time as rumors swirled that she was dating Latin singing sensation Luis Miguel. Neither Aracely nor Miguel commented on the relationship until late 2006, by which time Aracely was pregnant. Aracely ended months of media speculation by proudly posing on the cover of Hola magazine with her seven-month pregnant belly. The baby, whom the couple named Miguel, was born on New Year’s Day 2007.