Mexican norteño band Grupo Bronco’s broncas seem to only keep growing. In April, longtime member, accordionist and keyboardist Ramiro Delgado, filed a lawsuit against frontman Lupe Esparza, alleging mismanagement of funds, mistreatment, and betrayal. The basis of his lawsuit stemmed from the alleged reaction to Delgado’s health issues, which he claims made performing under certain conditions difficult for him.
Soon after, the band – who was responsible for hits like “Sergio El Bailador,” and the telenovela bop “Dos Mujeres, Un Camino,” issued a press release, claiming Delgado’s accusations were not only false, but that he also failed to show up for various concerts.
And while the back and forth has continued in various press outlets – with both parties further unpacking their respective version of events – on Wednesday, Esparza spoke to Primera Hora, and debunked a long-held belief that Delgado was a founding member of the band, something Delgado himself has claimed to be.
“We’d already released 5 albums, we were already popular with [founding member Erick Garza], we’d been working at this for fifteen years when Ramiro joined,” Esparza told El Gordo y La Flaca. “And I fought to make sure he had an equal share of the band. And to this day, we’ve made the same amount of money. My sons have a salary. That’s something I didn’t do with my sons. I made him an equal partner, not them,” Esparza added, referring to his sons who also play in the band.
Founding member or not, we’re hoping the two can work things out for the good of Bronco’s legacy.
H/T: El Gordo Y La Flaca