NEW YORK, NY -- Chiquis Rivera, the oldest daughter of the late singer Jenni Rivera, has embarked on a book tour of her new memoir, “Forgiveness,” an in-depth recount of her life.
“More than anything, I feel like this book has been a form of therapy for me, a way of healing, and I want that to be what readers feel,” Chiquis told NBC News on Tuesday, during a tour stop in New York. “It’s not to clear up what has been said about me, although it has had an impact on me, but it’s more of my journey to forgiveness.”
In “Forgiveness,” also being sold in Spanish under the title "Perdón," Chiquis discusses the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her father, José Trinidad Marín, who is now serving a life sentence in prison. Another revelation she makes is that she also suffered sexual abuse from an unnamed woman during the same time.
She writes about her feelings and thoughts after hearing the news of her mother's tragic plane crash and death, as well as her side of the story of the rumored love affair between her stepfather Esteban Loaiza and her, which caused scandal in October 2012. Chiquis reveals that her mother kicked her out of their house and her family turned their backs on her. According to Chiquis, the rumors were not true.
Acclaimed singer Jenni Rivera, known as "La Diva De La Banda", a died on December 9, 2012 in Monterrey, Mexico, but Chiquis said she lost her mother two months prior to that. The mother and daughter had not been speaking since October 2, 2012. Jenni also filed for divorce from Loaiza during that time.
Even though, the mother daughter duo never reconciled, Chiquis said she thinks her mother would be happy for her today. In her book, she shares special memorabilia and photos of her family, her mother and herself as a young child. She ends the memoir with a letter to Jenni Rivera.
“She is not with us physically, but she’s here. I can almost hear her words. I can feel her saying, ‘That’s my baby,’” said Chiquis.
As part of her tour, she sat down with People En Español’s, Isis Sauceda in New York City, to talk in detail about her book and the direction her life has taken after her mother’s death.
Boss Bee Nation, a group of Chiquis’ devoted fans, showed up to the New York City’s Barnes and Noble to support their beloved idol.
“We got together and designed shirts for her, because we love and support her, ” said Isabelia Guzman, a 37-year-old fan from New Jersey.
Guzman has seen Chiquis several times before and plans to attend “Jenni Vive,” to support the aspiring singer. “I have to go support her as she celebrates her mother and launches her music career,” she said.
Chiquis is currently pursuing a music career and just finished working on her new album, “Ahora,” that will be released on June 2. Her recent Spanish single, “Esa No Soy Yo,” (That’s Not Me) speaks about empowering women and social issues, similar to the songs her mother sang. Chiquis also just wrapped the second season of her web series, “Chiquis Confidential,” and said she will continue to work on her music.
The book tour will continue to El Paso, Texas and Pasadena, Panorama City and Los Angeles, California.