Bruna Marquezine is a popular Brazilian television and stage actress, who rose to prominence because she was the ex-girlfriend of the famous Brazilian professional football player Neymar.
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Early life and family
Bruna Marquezine was born Bruna Reis Maina on August 4, 1995 in Duque de Caxias, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to parents Neida Maia and Telmo Maia. She is close to her parents and grew up with her younger sister, but has a special bond with her father. Her screen name of Marquezine came from her grandmother’s name as a tribute to her Nana. She grew up in Baixada Fluminense until age 13, when they moved to a better apartment in Barra da Tijuca, and later moved back to a luxurious mansion previously owned by actress Flavia Alessandra, but still in the same town.
There is no information about her formal education. Since she started as a child actress, it is believed that Bruna did not have time for formal education, but instead took acting lessons.
Bruna started her career at a very young age with commercials and participated in an educational video series entitled “Xuxa Só Para Baixinhos”, featuring the popular singer-actress Xuxa. At the age of eight, she made her television debut when she was offered the role of Salette, created by the popular telenovela writer Manoel Carlos. The primetime telenovela, “Mulheres Apaixonadas” or internationally known as “Women in Love”, was broadcast in 2003 on Rede Globo, the largest television network in Brazil.
She won the Best Child Actor Award for this role from four prestigious awarding bodies in Brazil.
When it was finished, she was offered a role in the movie “Xuxa Abracadabra” later in 2003. It was a fantasy adventure film with a touch of Brazilian folklore for children, and was released internationally by Warner Bros. It was a commercial success and from then on she took on a string of telenovela roles.
In 2005, she played a blind character, Maria Flor, in the telenovela “America,” which put her acting skills to the test, passing it with flying colors and winning another Best Child Actor award. After a year, she was part of another telenovela, the romantic comedy series “Cobras & Lagartos.” She continued to improve in her craft by accepting roles every year; she didn’t care if it was a supporting role or a supporting role.
She was Lurdinha in “Desejo Proibido” in 2007, Maria Augusta in “Negocio da China” the following year, and Professor Teresinha in “Araguala” broadcast in 2010.
Her patience and perseverance were rewarded when she was offered a lead role in the primetime TV series titled ‘Aquele Beijo’ in 2011. It was followed by another primetime TV series that aired in 2012, called “Salve Jorge”, and finally in 2014, Bruna was offered a lead role by the same person who made the first TV series she was a part of, Manoel Carlos, in “Em Familia,” and it aired in a coveted primetime slot; she was nominated in the Best Actress category at the Premio Contigot de TV.
Due to her rising popularity, she landed a supporting role in an American film titled “Breaking Through”, released in 2015, but it received generally unfavorable reviews for having a bad script.
Her TV career continued to soar as she landed major roles in Brazilian primetime telenovelas such as “Nada Sera Como Antes” in 2016 and “Deus Salve o Rei” in 2018, in which she played the character Catarina de Lurton, the queen of Artena and Montemor.
She was in an on-again, off-again relationship with Neymar, a popular Brazilian footballer after they first met at a carnival party in Rio de Janeiro in 2012. They started dating shortly after they met, but broke up for a while in 2013, when their love affair revived in 2014, just before the FIFA World Cup hosted by Brazil, but broke up after a few months. They were seen together in October 2016, but in June 2017 they broke up again just before Neymar’s official transfer to Paris St-Germain.
Speculation arose that the reason for the split at the time was that Neymar wanted to get married and Bruna live with him in Europe, but she wasn’t ready yet. They were together on New Year’s Eve of 2018 and supported him at the World Cup that year by posting photos to her social media account, but by October of the same year they had reportedly broken up again.
Who is Neymar?
Neymar da Silva Santos Jr. was born on February 5, 1992 in Mogi das Cruzes, São Paulo, Brazil to parents Nadine da Silva and Neymar Santos Sr. He is simply known as Neymar Jr. or Neymar. His father was a former professional football player and trained his son growing up when Neymar started playing in street games and indoor games such as Futsal.
Neymar went to Las Heras for his primary education but never went on to further studies as he played football at a very young age and showed potential to qualify for bigger leagues. It is true that at the age of 11 he was accepted into the Santos FC junior league and improved so that at the age of 14 he was already receiving offers from popular ball clubs such as Real Madrid CF. However, Santos FC was able to convince him to stay by giving him a huge bonus.
During his years with Santos FC, he was able to lead his team to win the Copa do Brazil and then the Copa Libertadores Championship. He also won three scoring titles and was named Player of the Year four times in a row. His popularity skyrocketed and he became arguably the most popular football player in Brazil.
With fame comes negative criticism, such as being beaten by an underdog Mexican team during the 2012 Summer Olympics and for having an illegitimate child. However, he was able to lead his team to win the gold medal at the 2016 Olympics, and his career soared even higher. When he agreed to a transfer to Paris Saint-Germain FC in 2019, he broke the world record for football transfers with a worth contract $263 million.
ESPN ranked him in the top 10 most famous athletes in the world in 2016. “TIME” included him in the 100 most influential people on the world list in 2017, and in 2019 “Forbes” claimed that he was the third highest paid athlete in the world next to Ronaldo and Messi.
He currently plays as a striker for Paris Saint-Germain FC, where he was already named Player of the Year, and led his team to win the Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue championship titles.
Bruna was in a relationship a year before Neymar came into her life. Her boyfriend at the time was Brazilian rapper Diego Raphael Villanueva, but they broke up in 2011. She was also romantically linked with other men in between the on-again, off-again relationship with Neymar – she dated Marlon Teixeria, a Brazilian model, but it didn’t last long. and they broke up in 2015. The same thing happened in 2016 when she dated Brazilian actor Mauricio Destri and then Brazilian singer-songwriter Tiago Iorc. Apparently, she kept going back to Neymar whenever there was a chance to rekindle the relationship with him.
- According to one of her Instagram posts, she sends her character, Catarina de Lurton, Queen of Artena and Montemor, to her King Rodolfo, played by Brazilian actor, Johnny Massaro, in her 2018 telenovela, “Deus Salve o Rei”, and even uses the hashtag #CaDolfo. She even urged her character to forget her first love.
- She loves that her dad is very simple and doesn’t care about social media or anything about pop culture.
- Bruna is a well-known supporter of homeless refugees from Venezuela in her country, by donating food and supplies to them through a non-profit organization.
- She is active in raising funds for those in need during this global Corona Virus pandemic in Brazil, through a live 3-day festival.
— Bruna Marquezine (@BruMarquezine) July 25, 2020
Social Media Apps
She is active on social media and occasionally posts via Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
Bruna is 1.74m tall, weighs about 55kg and her vital stats are 35-25-36. She is a Latina with dark brown hair and dark brown eyes.
According to authoritative sourcesBruna has an estimated net worth of $3 million as of May 2020, built from her years of work as an actress and an endorser since childhood.