Nena (born Gabriele Susanne Kerner on March 24, 1960 in Hagen, North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany) is a singer and actress and the co-founder (with three others) of the Neue Schule Hamburg, a school following the Sudbury model.
Nena started dating Swiss actor Benedict Freitag shortly after the band separated in 1987.
The couple had three children together, the first being Christopher Daniel, who was born disabled due to alleged medical mistakes made during the birth, which caused Nena to go into cardiac arrest. He died at the age of 11 months.
In 1990 they had twins, Larissa Maria and Sakias Manuel.