Enrique Iglesias is urging parents to monitor what their children watch online and ban them from viewing raunchy pop videos.
The Hero star is famous for his saucy lyrics and raunchy music videos, and he was seen cavorting with semi-naked models in his last pop promo for I’m a Freak.
British censors announced plans to introduce an age-rating system for music videos back in January so parents can identify whether the content is suitable for their children, much like the system in place for movies, and Iglesias has now waded into the debate.
In an interview with BBC Breakfast on Thursday, the star was asked if promos should be age-rated, and he replied, “I do think it depends on the video, yes.”
He then insisted it is ultimately parents’ responsibility to ensure their children are not exposed to sexualised material, adding: “Nowadays TV is the least you should be worried about because you have the internet and kids on the internet can find whatever they want.
“Having said that, I’m a firm believer that it all comes down to the parents. I think parents should know what their kids are listening to. It comes down to them being responsible and making sure that they know what video games they’re playing, what music they’re listening to, what they’re doing in their free time.”
When asked if that would be how he would raise his children, he added: “I hope that I would. I’m not a father yet but… I think it’s all a balance at the end of the day. You have to be realistic too.”
In a separate interview with Access Hollywood, the 38-year-old pop star, who lives with his tennis player and model girlfriend Anna Kournikova in Miami, said he would have to make changes in his own life before he could contemplate children.
“Hopefully the day I have kids I’ll just lay back a bit and not travel as much and be touring constantly. I don’t want to be on the road for six months, eight months, come back and not recognise my own child.
“I have made a rule in the past few years that I try to be not out on the road more than 15 days in a row. That’s important to me. I need that balance in my life.”
Iglesias is currently promoting his tenth studio album Sex and Love, which was released on March 14.