Melissa ‘La Princesa De La Banda’ Admits Her Dad Is Knights Templar Cartel Leader

Melissa "La Princesa de la Banda"
Melissa "La Princesa de la Banda" Facebook Oficial Melissa Música

A few days ago reports surfaced claiming singer Melissa, also known as “La Princesa de la Banda,” was the daughter of Enrique “El Kike” Plancarte Solís, a high-ranking leader of the Knights Templar drug cartel. Plancarte Solís is one of seven cartel leaders which militia members in the state of Michoacán, Mexico, have demanded federal forces bring to justice before the militias put down their arms.

Melissa did not directly addressed the rumors, but she did post a video on Instagram that she later took down. The upload featured images of the singer with Maná’s “Me Vale Todo” playing in the background. However, she can be heard saying “Thanks to my true friends! Got to give importance to things depending on who they’re coming from. Those who I don’t even actually know, let them keep giving me publicity! People talk too much.”

Nevertheless, the singer has now taken it to her Facebook page, releasing a statement that read:

These have been difficult days not only for me, but for many Mexicans. I wish that conflicts get resolved and peace finally reigns in our country. However, I do not  consider myself capable of giving my opinion on complex situations that are really beyond my career.

I have been targeted as a result of various publications, some with many inconsistencies. I do not care to judge the ethics or professionalism of some media as my main interest is to fix my position regarding my musical career, which began several years ago and has always been separated from scandals and problems. I’ve worked on it with much effort and how little or how much I've accomplished, I've done it step by step.

Anyone who has knowledge of the entertainment business can realize that the development of my career has been transparent and honest, I am dedicated to making music and I do it with all my heart. I think the focus of the media and people involved in the conflicts in my state must be something else and not my music and my career since it has nothing to do with it, especially in these times that my country needs to resolve issues of great importance. I am saddened to occupy headlines with these allegations.

Regarding my father, I naturally love him, but I am not the one to judge him nor I am responsible for his acts, and I don’t have any regrets. I'm totally oblivious to the situations that people are linking me with. My world, my dream and my passion is music and I have been devoted to it for a while, at the same time I focus on my studies. My career can not be tainted by events that I don’t take part in.

I’ve also received the support and encouragement of the public and friends of the music industry and the media, who really know me and know my work. I thank them endlessly because they don’t let this type of situations affect their objectiveness and make judgments. They know that I have dedicated my life only to music and with this I have not harmed anyone nor have I committed any illegal act. Thank you very much for your objectivity.

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Maria G. Valdez

Maria was born and raised in Dominican Republic, where she began her career in journalism covering human interest stories, entertainment, beauty and wellness for a national magazine. She moved to New York City to study Musical Theatre, but went back to journalism after graduating in an attempt of becoming the Latina Carrie Bradshaw. She has an unhealthy obsession with JLo and claims to be Sofia Vergara’s long-lost daughter, and has tried a crazy amount of treatments to keep looking young. She became a Zumba instructor for fun.