Popular Spanish pop singer Natalia Jiménez surprised fans this week by announcing her engagement to her longtime manager and boyfriend, Arnold Hemkes. The 41-year-old singer shared photos on Instagram Monday of Hemkes proposing to her at the historic Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial in Madrid.
Jiménez felt “very proud of the love we have and everything we have achieved together” and said she “can’t wait to see what the future holds.” The engagement comes after the couple has been together since 2021.
Background on Natalia Jiménez
Natalia Jiménez rose to fame as the lead singer of the pop band La Quinta Estación in the early 2000s. The group was known for chart-topping singles like “El Sol No Regresa” and “Recuérdame.” After leaving La Quinta Estación in 2009, Jiménez launched a successful solo career in Latin pop.
The Spanish singer has released multiple solo albums, earning various accolades like Billboard Latin Music Awards and Lo Nuestro Awards. She’s sold over 3 million records worldwide. Jiménez has branched out beyond music as well, serving as a coach on the reality talent show La Voz Kids in Colombia.
Details on Jiménez’s Fiancé Arnold Hemkes
While not a celebrity himself, Arnold Hemkes works in the entertainment industry as Jiménez’s manager. He’s been her road manager, handling tour logistics and coordinating live performances.
Hemkes and Jiménez began dating sometime in 2021. They’ve shared loving photos together on social media showing romantic vacations and quality time with Jiménez’s young daughter.
Little is known publicly about Hemkes’ background, but he’s Mexican and appears devoted to Jiménez. “I’m the luckiest and happiest man in the universe by your side,” he wrote on Instagram after their engagement.
The Couple’s Fairytale Engagement
Jiménez described the engagement as a fairytale event. Hemkes proposed at El Escorial, a cherished landmark for the singer located outside Madrid. The palace complex has great personal meaning for the couple.
Photos show Hemkes down on one knee, presenting a large emerald engagement ring, surrounded by cheering friends and family. Jiménez looks overjoyed, also posing while holding up her ring.
The singer gushed that her fiancé is “light for me, for my daughter, and everyone who crosses your path.” She added, “I’m the luckiest and most fortunate woman to be able to spend my life with you.”
What’s Next for the Couple?
Jiménez and Hemkes have not yet announced any wedding details. However, the two clearly seem very much in love and committed to their future together.
Fans are thrilled for Jiménez and sending warm congratulations. She built anticipation recently by celebrating 20 years in the music industry, so her followers are excited to follow this next chapter.
While the newly engaged couple enjoys this special time, Jiménez also continues working on her flourishing solo career. She shows no signs of slowing down musically.
This engagement caps off a monumental year for Natalia Jiménez, both professionally and personally. All signs point to more beautiful music and happiness ahead for the Spanish pop star and her husband-to-be.