Eva Mendes celebrated her mother's 82nd birthday by sharing a heartfelt tribute on Instagram. Although Mendes keeps her personal life with Ryan Gosling and their two daughters out of the public eye, she often showcases her close relationship with her mother, Eva Pérez Suarez, on social media. Mendes posted a series of photos alongside her mom in what appears to be her home in California, where they celebrated the special occasion. One photo shows the two Evas posing side by side, with the actress sporting pigtails, black eye-shadow, and cat whiskers painted on her face. Mendes captioned the post, "Mami is 82!" and added, "Mami Lioness and her Cub." She wrote in Spanish, "Te amo Mami. Eres mi Reina," which translates to "I love you mommy. You are my Queen."
Fans flooded the comments section with well wishes for Mendes' mom, calling her a beauty and sending blessings for health and happiness. While Mendes also has a close relationship with her father, Juan Carlos Méndez, she was primarily raised by her mother in Los Angeles' Silver Lake neighborhood after her parents' divorce. Today, Eva's mom lives near her daughter and son-in-law in a quiet California town, playing an important role in both Mendes' and her granddaughters' lives. Mendes and Gosling are known for being private about their family life, but in a recent interview with GQ, Gosling revealed that they don't rely on nannies for their daughters.
Instead, Mendes Sr. is their go-to babysitter. Mendes and Gosling have been together since 2011, after meeting on the set of their 2012 film, The Place Beyond the Pines. Although they keep a low profile, their first and last major public appearance together was for the film's premiere over a decade ago. Stay up to date with the latest celebrity news and features from the U.S. by subscribing to the HELLO! Hollywood newsletter and receive them straight to your inbox.