Perla Navia is a Colombian-born British yoga instructor, business owner and reality television star. She is most well-known for her role in Real Housewives of Cheshire (RHOC) after joining the reality show, in 2018.
Personal Life, Parents and Family Details :
- Perla Navia Barton was born in the summer of 1983.
- Originally from Colombia, she has lived in several countries over the course of her lifetime but has been settled in the UK for a few years now.
- No longer in touch with her parents, Perla had four siblings, but one has tragically died. Although she refuses to discuss the incident, she has revealed that this led to her estrangement from her parents.
- After meeting in Barcelona, Navia married British self-made millionaire Jonathan Stuart Barton.
- The couple brought two kids each to the relationship and have a fifth child together. They currently live in Wilmslow, Cheshire, with their kids and French Bulldog, Dora.
Early Life and Education :
- Forced to face adversity early on in life, at just 7 years old, Perla was left in a care home with her siblings while their parents fled Colombia due to civil unrest.
- After two years, the siblings joined their parents in Spain, where they were received under refugee status.
- The tragedy that resulted in her sibling’s death occurred when Perla was just 11 years old. Quoted as saying that it “blew [her] family apart.” Perla left home and never went back to her parents. Homeless and living on the streets, she says of the time, ”I didn’t have time to stop and think about how awful it was. I was focused on staying alive.”
- At 15 years old, Perla became pregnant with her first child. She is unwilling to talk about the father of her child, whom she only describes as her first love.
Career, Job, Salary and Net Worth :
- While on her own living in Spain, Perla did odd jobs from cooking to scrubbing floors, cleaning toilets, and selling flowers to make ends meet.
- Now, years later, she is a successful yoga teacher, often travelling to New York, Barcelona and Israel to teach.
- She is also the founder of Yogi Style studio in Wilmslow. At one point, she even owned her own clothing line.
- As the newest member of the RHOC team, Navia has made herself well-known for her fiery, blunt personality.
Interesting Facts and Trivia :
- After fellow RHOC castmate Dawn Ward came under fire for criticizing Perla’s English on the show, Perla came to her defence on social media, saying it “can be difficult for [people] to understand the intention when someone is not speaking in their first language.” While Dawn was being labelled racist by many fans, Perla said that she did not feel personally attacked by Dawn’s comments.
- Well traveled in her life, Perla speaks 5 languages.
- While she is now a lithe size 6 yogi, Perla once wore a size 16.
- Perla and her husband are proof that opposites can attract. She is a vegan, while he is a butcher by trade. She describes him as easy going, and herself as controlling.
- Marital Status / Married? : Yes
- Children / No of Kids : 3 (biological); 2 (from husband’s earlier relation)
- Ethnicity / Origin / Heritage / Race : Mixed
- Nationality : Colombian / British