Eva Mendes Talks About Losing a Brother & Welcoming a Baby -- Just Days Apart

Eva Mendes

They say that with every death comes a new life, but that age-old wisdom certainly does not always bring the immediate comfort and solace we seek when trying to cope with a great tragedy. To experience both life and death in one breath -- or, in the case of actress Eva Mendes, in less than two weeks -- well, that has to be emotionally draining for anyone. 


Many of us knew that Mendes and her partner, Ryan Gosling, welcomed their second child, Amada Lee, just three months ago. However, a seemingly lesser-known event that occurred just 12 days prior was the death of her brother Carlos, whose funeral service was held the same week -- just days before -- Eva went into labor.

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During an interview with Latina magazine, the actress admitted that she doesn't think she has truly processed the situation. And while we can't pretend to understand all that she must process, we do understand the emotional and transitional weight each event holds separately, let alone together. Just imagining it taking place all within days of each other makes us feel overwhelmed for Mendes. 

Mendes's eldest brother, sadly, passed away after battling with cancer.


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Fortunately she has found the blessing amid the "beautiful" yet "heartbreaking" week, telling the magazine:

Losing my brother brought our family closer, and we were already close to begin with. So to just see everybody be there for one another and show up, I feel so lucky to have them ... and then they were there for me when Amada was born. We had a funeral service for [Carlos] and that same week I had the baby. So it was really, really intense and obviously beyond heartbreaking, but also kind of beautiful.

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We're hoping that while Mendes is taking the time to enjoy and adjust to having two little ones in the house, she also takes some much-needed time -- allowing herself to finally and wholly process the loss of her brother. 

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