Julio Iglesias admits he’s “never met” Anna Kournikova.

Julio’s 38-year-old son Enrique has been in a relationship with the tennis player for 12 years.

But the patriarch, who is father to eight children, still hasn’t found the time to connect with Anna.

“You know I have to tell the truth, I have never met Anna,” the 70-year-old singer told British newspaper The Mirror. “Yes, my wife, and my kids and his brothers have, but I have never met her, no, no, never.”

Julio seems to believe Enrique, who has been on tour nearly every year since 1998, is simply travelling too often to make time for a proper introduction to Anna.

“I don’t know how come [I haven’t met Anna]. My kids are very independent and it is difficult to see Enrique because he is all over the world,” he said, noting he is happy with the woman his son has settled down with.

“But Anna is very beautiful – they have good taste my kids.”

Julio went on to insist he has no ill will for his son, who, like his father, has become an international singing celebrity.
“I am very proud of Enrique – he is a super guy,” he said.

“You know it’s not as easy to follow in the same steps as that of the father. Like if you play tennis normally the kid doesn’t play tennis like the father.

"But Enrique is in the same class of guys like Michael Douglas and Liza Minnelli. The music is very different to mine and he has gone his own way, I don’t like to interfere with that.

“I don’t have to say whether I like it or not. He is doing very well, he is a clever guy and he is very charming.”