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RBD: Where Are They Now?

Lead Photo: Art by Stephany Torres for Remezcla
Art by Stephany Torres for Remezcla

For the first time ever, all of Mexican pop group RBD‘s albums are available on every music streaming platform. It’s been over a decade since the six members have performed together, so we’re going to revisit their careers since the telenovela band disbanded.

Anahí, Dulce María, Maite Perroni, Alfonso “Poncho” Herrera, Christian Chávez, and Christopher von Uckermann formed RBD in 2004 as part of a plotline on the teen telenovela Rebelde. The series turned out to be a great launch pad for the band and their music. By the time the show ended in 2006, the members of RBD were established global pop stars and Latin Grammy nominees.

RBD’s reach went beyond Mexico into all of Latin America and the United States. The band especially hit it big in Brazil with the Portuguese versions of their albums. When RBD released their English-language album Rebels in 2006, a special edition of it dropped in Japan. The following year, the members attempted another scripted series, RBD: La Familia, which was cancelled after one season. When album sales weren’t as strong as before, RBD decided to go out on top by breaking up in late 2008.

Eleven years passed before all six members were pictured together last December and most likely plotting this RBD digital legacy campaign. As they’ve all moved on to separate careers, we’re going to see what the former Rebelde stars have been up to.

Anahí

On Rebelde, Anahí was known for playing the spoiled and rich Mia. When RBD split in 2008, she focused on her solo music career going into the new decade. With albums like 2009’s Mi Delirio and 2016’s Inesperado, Anahí became the best-selling ex-member of RBD in the U.S. She ventured once more into telenovelas with 2012’s Dos Hogares. After marrying former Governor of Chiapas Manuel Velasco Coello in 2015, Anahí is a hit on social media where she can be seen raising their two young sons.

Maite Perroni

Perroni was known for playing the quiet and shy Lupita on Rebelde. Since RBD disbanded in 2008, she has become a queen of the telenovelas scene. Throughout the past decade, Perroni played the lead roles in hit series like Triunfo del Amor, La Gata, and Antes Muerte Que Lichita. In terms of solo music success in the U.S., she is behind Anahí with the 2013 album Eclipse de Luna. Perroni scored a massive hit with “Loca” featuring Colombian duo Cali y El Dandee and now she’s crossing over into films.

Dulce Maria

With her signature red hair, Dulce María was known for playing the rebellious Roberta on Rebelde. Following the breakup of RBD in 2008, she split her time between a solo music career and acting. Dulce was a bit more focused on the former as she has the most musical output of all the ex-RBD members. That includes 2011’s Extranjera, 2014’s Sin Fronteras, and 2017’s DM albums. In between those releases, Dulce landed starring roles in telenovelas like Verano de Amor and Muy Padres.

Alfonso "Poncho" Herrera

On Rebelde, Herrera was known for playing the hotheaded Miguel. He completely left music behind after the RBD split in 2008. With his focus on acting, Herrera has become the most internationally famous actor of the group. After doing a few telenovelas, he branched out into mainstream roles on series like Netflix’s Sense8, FOX’s The Exorcist, and USA Network’s Queen of the South. He also works in theatre where he had a hit run in Mexico with the live Spanish adaptation of Dead Poets Society.

Christian Chávez

Christian Chávez played the wealthy and sleazy Giovanni on Rebelde. After a magazine threatened to publish photos of Chavéz exchanging rings with his boyfriend in 2007, he came out as gay while in RBD. The band was one of the first high-profile Latin act to feature an openly gay member. When the group disbanded, Chavéz dabbled in telenovelas and a solo music career. In 2011, he teamed up with Anahí for the amazing LGBTQ+ anthem “Libertad.” This year, he appeared in the Netflix series La Casa de Las Flores.

Christopher von Uckermann

On Rebelde, Uckermann played the rebellious Diego. When RBD was no more in 2008, he focused on his solo music career. In 2010, he released his debut album Somos and followed that up with multiple singles like “Light Up the World,” “Sinfonía,” and “Vivir Soñando.” Uckermann later dropped an EP titled La Revolución de Los Ciegos in 2017. For the most part, he had a low profile after the band. In 2009, he was cast in the lead role in Kdabra, a series that was based on illusion and magic.