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ENRIQUE MARTíN MORALES (born December 24, 1971), commonly known as RICKY MARTIN, is a Puerto Rican singer, actor and author. Martin began his career at age 12 with the all-boy pop group Menudo . After five years with the group, he released several Spanish-language solo albums throughout the 1990s. He also acted on stage and on TV in Mexico
Mexico
, where he achieved modest stardom. In 1994, he appeared on the US TV soap opera General Hospital
General Hospital
, playing a Puerto Rican singer.

In early 1999, after releasing several albums in Spanish, Martin performed " The Cup of Life " at the 41st Annual Grammy Awards show, which became a catalyst in bringing Latin pop to the forefront of the U.S. music scene. Following its success, Martin released "Livin\' la Vida Loca ", which helped him attain enormous success worldwide; it is generally seen as the song that began the Latin pop explosion of 1999 and made the transition easier for other Spanish-speaking artists to move into the English-speaking market. Since its release, the song has sold over 8 million copies, making it one of the best selling singles of all time. His first English-language album (also titled Ricky Martin ), has sold 22 million copies and is one of the best selling albums of all time. His other studio albums include: Me Amarás (1993), A Medio Vivir (1995), Vuelve (1998), Sound Loaded (2000), Almas del Silencio (2003), Life (2005), Música + Alma + Sexo (2011), and A Quien Quiera Escuchar (2015).

CONTENTS

* 1 Life and career

* 1.1 1971–1982: Early life * 1.2 1983–1990: Menudo * 1.3 1991–1994: Acting and first two solo albums * 1.4 1995–1998: A Medio Vivir, Vuelve, and breakthrough * 1.5 1999–2002: Crossover to English * 1.6 2003–2006: Almas del Silencio and Life * 1.7 2006–2007: MTV Unplugged and a world tour * 1.8 2007–2010: Career break * 1.9 2010–2013: Autobiography, Música + Alma + Sexo and Evita * 1.10 2013: The Voice Australia, "Come with Me" and an Australian tour * 1.11 2014–present: The Voice Mexico
Mexico
and Mexican One World Tour

* 2 Musical style * 3 Other media

* 4 Personal life

* 4.1 Relationships and sexuality

* 5 Other ventures

* 5.1 Humanitarian work * 5.2 Politics

* 6 Discography

* 6.1 With Menudo * 6.2 Solo

* 7 Filmography * 8 Theatre * 9 Tours * 10 Honors and awards * 11 See also * 12 References * 13 Sources * 14 External links

LIFE AND CAREER

1971–1982: EARLY LIFE

Martin was born on December 24, 1971, in San Juan, Puerto Rico
San Juan, Puerto Rico
, to Nereida Morales, an accountant, and Enrique Martín Negroni (son of Enrique Martín and Iraida Negroni Arizmendi), a psychologist. He was the second youngest sibling. His parents divorced when he was two years old, and Martin spent much of his childhood shifting between his father's home in the suburbs of University Gardens, a suburban middle-class neighborhood of San Juan, and his paternal grandmother's house nearby. Martin has two older maternal half-brothers, Fernando and Ángel Fernández, two older paternal half-brothers, Eric and Daniel Martín, and a younger paternal half-sister, Vanessa Martín. Martin, in an interview with Vanity Fair , described his origins as Spanish , with Basque ancestry from his great-grandparents, plus some Corsican through his paternal grandmother.

Martin grew up in a Roman Catholic
Roman Catholic
home and was an altar boy throughout his childhood. He began singing at age 6, using wooden kitchen spoons as pretend microphones; he often interpreted songs by Menudo as well as English-language rock groups such as Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin
, Journey , and REO Speedwagon . His mother's side of the family was musically inclined, and his maternal grandfather was a poet, which inspired young Martin to write songs. Martin later reflected on his time spent with his family as a child: "Every time I find myself in front of an audience, be it twenty people or one hundred thousand, once again I feel the energy that consumed me back at the family gatherings of my youth." After discovering, with his father, a newspaper advertisement about auditions for commercial, 9-year-old Martin began appearing in Puerto Rican television commercials for products such as soft drinks, toothpaste, and fast-food restaurants. In a year and a half, he starred in 11 commercials.

1983–1990: MENUDO

Menudo "Rayo de Luna" (1984) At age thirteen, Martin made his recording debut on the song "Rayo de Luna", from Menudo's 1984 album, Evolución .

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After achieving modest fame in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
for his work in television commercials, Martin auditioned for membership in the Puerto Rican boy band Menudo . Although the executives enjoyed his dancing and singing at his first two auditions, Martin was rejected because he was too short. By the third audition, his persistence impressed executives, and in 1984, 12-year-old Martin became a member. A month after joining Menudo, he made his debut performance with the group at the Luis A. Ferré Performing Arts Center
Luis A. Ferré Performing Arts Center
in San Juan. During this performance, he inadvertently disobeyed the choreography by walking around the stage, when it was planned that he would stay still, and was chastised by the band manager after the show: "The mistake was such a big deal that from that moment on, never again did I move when I wasn't supposed to move...That was the discipline of Menudo: You either did things the way you were told or you were not part of the group." The song "Asignatura Pendiente" from Almas del Silencio (2003) was inspired by the first time Martin left Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
to tour with Menudo.

Although Martin enjoyed traveling and performing onstage with Menudo, he found the band's busy schedule and strict management exhausting, and later reflected that the experience "cost" him his childhood. He considered leaving the group while on tour in Brazil, but ultimately decided to stay out of fear of media backlash and being sued for breach of contract. Martin also began struggling with his sexuality, noting the stark contrast between his status as a sex symbol and his own emotions. Despite this, Martin acknowledged his "opportunity to have so many amazing experiences with so many amazing people" during his time with the group.

He developed an interest in philanthropy when the group became UNICEF ambassadors, often working with impoverished children in third world countries. His experiences as an ambassador affected him greatly and inspired him to continue working with charities later in life.

By 1987, Menudo's record sales began to decline, and the group changed its image, adopting an edgier look and performing more rock-influenced songs. The band released the album Somos Los Hijos del Rock in Spanish, and to appeal to the Menudo's Filipino fanbase, the group released In Action , recording songs in both English and Tagalog .

After recording 11 albums with the group, Martin left Menudo in July 1989, at age 17, hoping to rest and evaluate his career path. He performed his final show with the group at the same venue where he'd performed his first performance as a member. Martin returned to Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
to graduate from high school, and 13 days after turning 18, he moved to New York City to celebrate his financial independence; since he was a minor during his time as a member of Menudo, Martin was not allowed to access his own bank accounts. He was accepted into New York University 's Tisch School of the Arts
Tisch School of the Arts
, but months before classes began, Martin dropped out and moved to Mexico
Mexico
City to perform in the play Mama Ama el Rock (Mom Loves Rock).

1991–1994: ACTING AND FIRST TWO SOLO ALBUMS

While he was performing onstage in Mama Ama el Rock, a producer in the audience took notice of Martin's acting and offered him a role in the Mexican telenovela Alcanzar una estrella after the show. He also joined the cast for the second season of the show, titled Alcanzar una estrella II . A film based on the TV series, titled Más que alcanzar una estrella, was also produced in which Martin starred and in 1993 earned an El Heraldo Award for his role. The show centered around a fictional musical group called Muñecos de Papel , in which Martin played Pablo Loredo, one of the six members; the group toured several cities in Mexico
Mexico
and recorded two albums. Although he had hoped to take a break from touring after Menudo, Martin enjoyed the experience because he got along with the other members well. I was so excited about getting back into the music world that I didn't care what the conditions were...All of the hard work and passion I had exerted was finally now starting to come to fruition, and music came back to my life powerfully and definitively. “ ” – Martin, on recording his debut album.

In 1990, Martin was signed to Sony Discos , the Sony Music Entertainment 's Latin imprint. Eager to make his first solo album, Martin signed the contract without reading it and inadvertently signed a deal in which he would only be awarded one cent of royalties for each album sold. Despite viewing the contract as unfair, Martin referred to the record as "the start of something phenomenal" for him. After working "around the clock" to finish filming Alcanzar una estrella II and recording music, Martin released his debut solo album, the Spanish-language Ricky Martin
Ricky Martin
, in November 1991. Ricky Martin included the singles: " Fuego Contra Fuego " and "El Amor de Mi Vida ". "Fuego Contra Fuego" was certified Gold in Mexico, Argentina, Puerto Rico, and the United States. To promote the album, Martin toured throughout Latin America, which the singer referred to as "an indescribable feeling, almost like coming home."

After the success of Ricky Martin
Ricky Martin
and its subsequent tour, Martin's record company met him with acclaimed producer Juan Carlos Calderón on his second solo album, Me Amarás . Although Martin felt "very grateful" for the opportunity to work with Calderón, he noted, "I always felt that that record was more his than mine." Released in May 1993, Me Amarás features a Spanish-language cover of the Laura Branigan song "Self Control ", titled "Que Dia Es Hoy ". In his review, Alex Henderson of AllMusic wrote, "The CD isn't without its pleasures...but on the whole, Me Amarás is too glossy, too calculated, and much too contrived for its own good."

In 1994, Martin's agent encouraged him to move to Los Angeles to act in an American sitcom called Getting By . The show was canceled after two seasons, but soon afterward, Martin was given the role of singer/bartender Miguel Morez on the soap opera General Hospital
General Hospital
. Martin felt he lacked chemistry with the rest of the General Hospital cast and observed that people treated him differently because of his Puerto Rican accent. At the time, it was relatively uncommon for Hispanic people to appear on American television, and people suggested that he take accent reduction classes, which he refused. It was during this time, however, that Martin began his first committed relationship with a man. He "stopped fearing his sexuality", and soon came out to his mother, who was supportive of him. However, after the relationship ended, Martin "locked feelings even deeper inside", and began dating women again. He recalled, "I already felt it was hard to be a Latino in Hollywood; what could have been more difficult than being Latino and gay?"

1995–1998: A MEDIO VIVIR, VUELVE, AND BREAKTHROUGH

In 1995, Martin refocused on his music career, and began work on his third album, A Medio Vivir . The first single, the ballad "Te Extraño, Te Olvido, Te Amo ", written by the producer of Lynda Thomas , Carlos Lara, was reminiscent of his earlier work. With the song, Martin furthered his expansion from Latin American and Spanish-speaking audiences to the European and Asian markets. However, the record also made a shift from his traditional ballad-style compositions to a more risky fusion of music centered around traditional Latin sounds, epitomized by the song "Maria ". Taken aback by the starkly different musical style, record label executives felt that the song would ruin Martin's career. Despite this, "Maria" was chosen as the album's second single, and became a breakthrough hit, reaching number one in France, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Finland, Italy, Turkey, and the entire continent of South America. With A Medio Vivir, Martin was credited, along with singers Chayanne and Marc Anthony
Marc Anthony
, for popularizing the music of Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
in Spain. The album has sold over 3 million copies worldwide.

In a 1996 interview with The Miami Herald
The Miami Herald
, Martin expressed an interest in performing on Broadway. Days after the interview was released Martin received a phone call from producer Richard Jay-Alexander , offering him the role of Marius Pontmercy in the play Les Misérables . After the conclusion of a worldwide tour in support of A Medio Vivir, Martin returned to New York to appear in the play in an eleven-week run. He greatly enjoyed the experience, calling his time in the play an "honor" and "the role of life". Martin continued to tour after the conclusion of the show's run, and noted that his audiences were growing in both size and enthusiasm. In 1997, Martin was invited to the prestigious Sanremo Music Festival
Sanremo Music Festival
in Sanremo , Italy. After landing in Milan, Martin's scheduled helicopter trip to Sanremo had to be postponed due to poor weather conditions. Hoping to arrive at the festival on time, Martin and his crew drove through the mountainous terrain at over 120 miles per hour. The car then turned too quickly and flipped over. However, "none of us had more than a couple of scratches and bruises" and he arrived at the festival on time by taxi later that day. In the summer of 1997, Martin embarked on a tour of Spain, performing 45 shows in 36 cities.

While on tour, Martin returned to the studio to record his fourth album, Vuelve (1998). He called the experience of touring and recording at the same time "brutal and incredibly intense". As he was finishing the record, the singer was contacted by FIFA
FIFA
to write a song for the 1998 World Cup ; Martin subsequently wrote "La copa de la vida " with K. C. Porter and Draco Rosa . He performed the song at the World Cup final in the Stade de France
Stade de France
on July 12, 1998. The performance, which was broadcast to over a billion viewers in 187 countries, was described as a "global moment for Latin pop". "La copa de la vida" reached No. 1 on the charts around the world and went gold and platinum in various countries. It was awarded Pop Song of the Year at the 1999 Lo Nuestro Awards . The title track and the ballad " Perdido Sin Tí " both hit number one on the Hot Latin Songs . Further singles included: "La Bomba ", " Por Arriba, Por Abajo " and " Corazonado ". Vuelve spent twenty-six weeks at number one on the Billboard Top Latin Albums . It became Martin's first top forty album on the Billboard 200
Billboard 200
in the United States, where it was certified platinum by the RIAA . The album also went to number one in Spain and Norway, and sold over eight million copies worldwide.

Martin was nominated for his first Grammy Award for Vuelve in the category of Best Latin Pop Album , and was booked to sing on the 41st Annual Grammy Awards live TV broadcast. His acclaimed performance of "La copa de la vida" earned Martin an unexpected standing ovation and introduced him to the mainstream American audience. Being aware of performing on the Grammy, he said that:"The excitement is more than being nominated for the award. The audience in front of me are people who are hard to please. Sting ! Madonna ! Luciano Pavarotti
Luciano Pavarotti
! To get the acceptance of your peers really means a lot." Martin won the Grammy Award later that evening, and even superstars Madonna and Sting went backstage to congratulate him. His appearance sparked nationwide interest in Latin music. Writing for Billboard on April 24, 1999, Michael Paoletta noted, "In the weeks since , it seems like every record label exec has been in a heated search for the next Latin hottie."

1999–2002: CROSSOVER TO ENGLISH

Ricky Martin
Ricky Martin
"Livin\' la Vida Loca" (1999)

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After receiving commercial success throughout Asia
Asia
, Europe
Europe
, and Latin America
Latin America
, Martin prepared his first English album in 1999 in an attempt to cross over to the United States market. The self-titled album, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200
Billboard 200
and sold 661,000 copies in its first week of release, became the most successful album debut on the Billboard charts by a Hispanic artist. It contained material by writers and producers such as Desmond Child , Diane Warren
Diane Warren
, William Orbit , George Noriega and his longtime childhood friend Draco Rosa . The album also featured special guests: Madonna on the Spanish-English duet "Be Careful (Cuidado con mi Corazón)" and Meja on " Private Emotion ". Two weeks after the album's release, Martin was featured on the cover of Time with the title "Latin Music Goes Pop!". Before the album's release, Janet Jackson collaborated with Ricky Martin
Ricky Martin
for the Latin American version of " Ask for More ", a promotional single and commercial released as part of an advertising campaign for soft drink company Pepsi
Pepsi
.

The first and most prominent single was "Livin\' la Vida Loca ", which reached number one in many countries around the world, including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland and New Zealand. "Livin' la Vida Loca" is Ricky Martin's biggest hit. The video for "Livin 'La Vida Loca" was directed by Wayne Isham and starring model Nina Moric . It was followed by "She\'s All I Ever Had " which peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100
. Both tracks peaked at number one on the Hot Latin Songs . "Livin' la Vida Loca" is generally seen as the song that began the Latin pop explosion of 1999 and made the transition of other Latin artists (first Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez
and Enrique Iglesias , then later Shakira
Shakira
) into the English-speaking market easier. Ricky Martin
Ricky Martin
became one of the top-selling albums of 1999, and was certified 7× platinum in the United States, selling over 22 million copies worldwide. In October 1999, Martin embarked on a very successful year-long Livin\' la Vida Loca Tour .

After this success, a new English-language album, Sound Loaded , was released in November 2000. It debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 and was certified 2× platinum by the RIAA . " She Bangs " and " Nobody Wants to Be Lonely " (duet with Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera
) peaked at number twelve and thirteen on the Billboard Hot 100, respectively. Both singles reached number one on the Hot Latin Songs. Sound Loaded has sold over 8 million copies worldwide.

In February 2001, Martin released a Spanish greatest hits album entitled La Historia , which went to number one for five weeks on the Billboard Top Latin Albums and debuted at number eighty-three on the Billboard 200. It also topped the chart in Sweden for three weeks. The album contained reworkings of two of his early songs "Fuego Contra Fuego " and "El Amor de Mi Vida ". In November 2001, an English-language greatest hits album, The Best of Ricky Martin was released outside North America. It contained two new remixes of "Amor ".

2003–2006: ALMAS DEL SILENCIO AND LIFE

Ricky Martin
Ricky Martin
in 2005.

In May 2003 Martin released a new Spanish album Almas del Silencio . The first single "Tal Vez " debuted at number one on the Hot Latin Songs and stayed there for eleven weeks becoming the best performing Latin single of the year. Martin said of the new album: "I really needed to go back to focus, to my center, to the beginning. I had the need to search within, and really dig deep, and find those emotions that, because of the adrenaline and the euphoria that I lived for a couple of years, were probably sabotaged." Almas del Silencio debuted at number twelve on the Billboard 200
Billboard 200
and reached number one on the Billboard Top Latin Albums where it stayed for six weeks. The album sold more than one million copies worldwide. The next singles, "Jaleo " and " Y Todo Queda en Nada ," reached number one on the Hot Latin Songs. "Jaleo " also topped the chart in Spain for four weeks.

In October 2005 Martin released his first English-language album since 2000's Sound Loaded and the tenth album of his career. Most of the songs on the album called Life were co-written by Martin. He commented on the album: "I was really in touch with my emotions. I think this album is very multi-layered, just like life is. It's about feeling anger. It's about feeling joy. It's about feeling uncertainty. It's about feeling. And all my emotions are part of this production." The album debuted at number six on the Billboard 200
Billboard 200
. The first single from the album "I Don\'t Care " featured guest appearances by Fat Joe and Amerie . It peaked at number three on the Hot Dance Club Songs and number sixty-five on the Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100
. Another song from the album "It\'s Alright " was re-recorded as a duet with French singer M. Pokora . It was successful in French-speaking countries and reached #4 in France.

Soon after Martin announced his One Night Only with Ricky Martin tour which started in Mexico
Mexico
City on November 15, 2005. After finishing the first leg which included Latin America
Latin America
and the United States Martin performed at the 2006 Winter Olympics closing ceremony in Turin
Turin
. A few days later he announced the second leg of his world tour which included Europe
Europe
and Africa. The second leg started on April 21, 2006 in Manchester
Manchester
, UK and ended on June 3, 2006 in Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
, Israel.

2006–2007: MTV UNPLUGGED AND A WORLD TOUR

On August 17, 2006, Ricky Martin
Ricky Martin
taped his MTV Unplugged concert in Miami. It premiered on MTV Latin America
Latin America
, MTV Tr3s and MTV Puerto Rico in October 2006 and was released on CD and DVD in November 2006. The album was a critical and commercial success. It debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Latin Albums and number thirty-eight on the Billboard 200
Billboard 200
. At the Latin Grammy Awards of 2008
Latin Grammy Awards of 2008
, MTV Unplugged received Latin Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Album and for Best Long Form Music Video . The first single, "Tu Recuerdo " which featured La Mari of Chambao , reached number one for three weeks on the Hot Latin Songs . The next single, " Pégate " peaked at number six on the Hot Dance Club Songs
Hot Dance Club Songs
.

On February 19, 2007, Martin began his worldwide Black and White Tour which started with a performance at the José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
and concluded with a presentation at the Madison Square Garden
Madison Square Garden
in New York City on October 14, 2007. He also recorded a duet with Eros Ramazzotti , " Non siamo soli " which topped the Italian chart for eleven consecutive weeks.

2007–2010: CAREER BREAK

After finishing his worldwide tour, Martin took a break from the music industry and focused on his private life. In November 2007, Sony BMG Norte released Ricky Martin
Ricky Martin
Live: Black and White Tour on CD, DVD, and Blu-ray Disc. One year later, a Spanish-language greatest hits album was released, titled 17 . It was a summary of 17 years of Martin's musical career, which included mostly Spanish-language songs.

2010–2013: AUTOBIOGRAPHY, MúSICA + ALMA + SEXO AND EVITA

Martin performing in Chicago on April 19, 2011.

Ricky Martin's autobiography, Me, was published on November 2, 2010. The book became part of The New York Times Best Seller list , debuting at number five on the Hardcover Nonfiction list. A Spanish-language edition entitled Yo was published simultaneously.

Martin's single, " The Best Thing About Me Is You " featuring Joss Stone also premiered on November 2, 2010 and peaked at number seventy-four on the Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100
. The Spanish version, "Lo Mejor de Mi Vida Eres Tú " topped the Hot Latin Songs for two weeks. It was followed by a new studio album, Música + Alma + Sexo released on January 31, 2011. It debuted at number three on the Billboard 200
Billboard 200
and became the highest charting, primarily-Spanish language album in the United States, since Dreaming of You by Selena
Selena
. Música + Alma + Sexo also represents the highest ever chart debut on the Billboard 200 for a Sony Music Latin release. It spent two weeks at number one on the Billboard Top Latin Albums . On March 25, 2011, Martin started his Música + Alma + Sexo World Tour , which ended on November 12, 2011. The second single from the album, "Más " was released on April 5, 2011 and peaked at number seven on the Hot Dance Club Songs
Hot Dance Club Songs
. "Frío " featuring Wisin
Wisin
"> Martin in 2011

In November 2012, Martin was announced as a coach on The Voice Australia and debuted in the first episode of season two, on April 7, 2013. The finale aired on June 17. His finalist was former Ten Tenors singer Luke Kennedy . He became Runner-up losing to eventual winner Harrison Craig .

In April 2013, Martin released his Greatest Hits: Souvenir Edition album in Australia, where it reached number two on the ARIA Albums Chart and was certified Gold. In June 2013, he released a new English single titled "Come with Me ". He also embarked on the 2013 Australian Tour in October 2013. In February 2014, he appeared with Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez
& Wisin
Wisin
on the single and video "Adrenalina " taken from Wisin's album El Regreso del Sobreviviente . The album version contains Spanish lyrics but the single was also made available in a Spanglish
Spanglish
version. In April 2014, the single & video were released for "Vida ", from the FIFA
FIFA
compilation album One Love, One Rhythm – The 2014 FIFA
FIFA
World Cup Official Album . Here, the album version contains Spanglish
Spanglish
lyrics, but the digital EP contained versions in Spanish ">

PERSONAL LIFE

Martin was raised Catholic but says he is open to all sorts of religious beliefs, especially the Buddhist philosophy. He feels that subscribing to a specific religion can "limit" an individual in certain aspects, and noted in 2006, "I really like the Buddhist philosophy but that doesn’t mean that I am of the religion. If I subscribe to Buddhism, I can’t be of anything else...I am not going to follow those rules." Martin began practicing yoga after a trip to Thailand in 1997.

In November 2011, he acquired Spanish nationality in recognition of his artistic talents and for having roots in the country – Martin's grandmother is Spanish, and he owns a residence in Madrid
Madrid
. In September 2011, he sold his home in Miami. In a public statement, written in Spanish, Martin explicitly stated that he has not abandoned his Puerto Rican identity: "I was born in Puerto Rico, I am a Puerto Rican, and Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
is my homeland. I made the request for Spanish citizenship some time ago, I was just waiting for a response. This step is part of planning for the future within a global community of whom I am part. Spain is a country with which I share many memories and strong ties born of my roots and the love they have given me since I first visited." In January 2013, he relocated to Sydney, Australia to accommodate his position on The Voice Australia .

RELATIONSHIPS AND SEXUALITY

Martin was in an on-off relationship with Mexican TV host Rebecca de Alba for more than 14 years. The pair had spoken of starting a family together, and Martin had at one point considered proposing to her.

In August 2008, Martin became the father of twin boys, Matteo and Valentino, born by a surrogate mother .

After the success of "Livin' la Vida Loca," Martin's personal life became a subject of interest due to his large gay following, and he was questioned about his sexual orientation. In a December 2000 interview with The Mirror , Martin was asked to comment on the rumors surrounding his sexuality. He replied: "I don't think I should have to tell anyone if I am gay or not, or who I've slept with or not." On March 29, 2010, Martin publicly acknowledged his homosexuality in a post on his official website, stating: "I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am." Martin said that "these years in silence and reflection made me stronger and reminded me that acceptance has to come from within, and that this kind of truth gives me the power to conquer emotions I didn't even know existed." In 2010, prior to Martin coming out, Barbara Walters expressed some regret for pushing Martin in a 2000 interview to admit if he was gay. The Toronto Star
Toronto Star
quoted her as saying, "When I think back on it now, I feel it was an inappropriate question."

Martin announced on The Oprah Winfrey Show that he was in a relationship. In 2011, during his acceptance speech of the Vito Russo Award at the 22nd GLAAD Media Awards , Martin publicly thanked his boyfriend, Carlos González Abella, an economist. His relationship with González Abella ended in January 2014.

Martin has also expressed support for same-sex marriage in an interview on Larry King Live . Ricky Martin
Ricky Martin
delivered a speech at the United Nations Homophobia Conference on November 12, 2012. Beginning April 2016, he started dating Syrian Swedish painter Jwan Yosef . The two announced their engagement on 16 November 2016, while on the Ellen DeGeneres Show . In January 2018, Martin announced that he and Yosef are married.

OTHER VENTURES

HUMANITARIAN WORK

Ricky Martin
Ricky Martin
at a Puerto Rican Day annual parade in New York City

Martin is the founder of Fundación Ricky Martin
Ricky Martin
(Ricky Martin Foundation), a non-profit organization. Among the events promoted by the foundation was a summer camp, which included Martin's personal participation.

Martin has been honored with accolades including: Leadership in the Arts Award, Billboard 's Spirit of Hope Award, ALMA Award
ALMA Award
, Vanguard Award , International Humanitarian Award by the International Centre for Missing ">

Martin has also collaborated with the International Organization for Migration on the Llama y Vive (Call and Live), a campaign which is aimed to facilitate prevention of human trafficking, protection of the youngest victims of child trafficking, and prosecution of the traffickers. For his work against human trafficking , the United States Department of State named Martin one of its Heroes in Ending Modern-Day Slavery in 2005. Logo

The Ricky Martin Foundation
Ricky Martin Foundation
was founded by Ricky Martin, with the mission to advocate for the well-being of children around the world.

POLITICS

Ricky Martin
Ricky Martin
(mid right) in Congress, with Luis Fortuño (far left), Tom Lantos (mid left) and Chris Smith (far right).

Martin was a headliner in the 2001 inauguration celebration for President George W. Bush
George W. Bush
; he even invited the newly elected president to join him on stage to dance. Photographs of this moment were broadcast throughout the world, and Martin wrote about it in his song " Asignatura Pendiente ". Martin's view of President Bush changed over the Iraq War
Iraq War
, as expressed in his declaration to the Associated Press that he will "always condemn war and those who promulgate it."

During his appearance at the Billboard Latin Music Awards on April 29, 2010, Martin expressed his disagreement with the Arizona SB 1070 bill, a proposed law that would have required police officers to request documents from individuals who they suspect to be illegal immigrants.

DISCOGRAPHY

Main articles: Ricky Martin albums discography , Ricky Martin
Ricky Martin
singles discography , and Ricky Martin videography

WITH MENUDO

* Evolución (1984) * Menudo (1985) * Ayer Y Hoy (1985) * A Festa Vai Começar (Portuguese) (1985) * Viva! Bravo! (Italian) (1986) * Refrescante (1986) * Menudo (Portuguese) (1986) * Can\'t Get Enough (1987) * Somos Los Hijos del Rock (1987) * In Action (English-Tagalog) (1988) * Sons of Rock (1988) * Sombras Y Figuras (1988) * Menudo Despidida Ricky Martin
Ricky Martin
(1990)

SOLO

* Ricky Martin
Ricky Martin
(1991) * Me Amarás (1993) * A Medio Vivir (1995) * Vuelve (1998) * Ricky Martin
Ricky Martin
(1999) * Sound Loaded (2000) * Almas del Silencio (2003) * Life (2005) * Música + Alma + Sexo (2011) * A Quien Quiera Escuchar (2015)

FILMOGRAPHY

* 1985: The Love Boat
The Love Boat
(TV series) as Ricky * 1987: Por siempre amigos (Argentina TV series) as Ricky * 1991: Alcanzar una estrella II (TV series) as Pablo Loredo * 1992: Más que alcanzar una estrella as Enrique * 1993: Getting By (TV series) as Martin * 1994: General Hospital
General Hospital
(TV series) as Miguel Morez (1994–95) * 1996: Barefoot in Paradise (TV series) as Sandoval * 1997: Hercules (Latin American dub, voice role) as Hercules * 1999: Idle Hands as Man in Car Park * 2000: MADtv (TV series) as himself * 2006: Sos mi vida (Argentina TV series) as himself * 2011: The Oprah Winfrey Show : guest * 2011: Susana Giménez : guest * 2011: American Dad!
American Dad!
as himself (uncredited) * 2012: Glee (TV series) as David Martínez * 2013: The Voice Australia as Himself (Coach) * 2014: Dancing with the Stars
Dancing with the Stars
(TV series) as Himself (Judge) * 2014: The Voice Australia as Himself (Coach) * 2014: La Voz... México as Himself (Coach) * 2014: The Voice Arabia as Himself (guest judge) * 2015: Minions (Latin American dub, voice role) as Herb Overkill * 2015: The Voice Australia as himself (judge) * 2015: La Banda as himself (judge and executive producer) * 2015: Nuestra Belleza Latina 2015 as himself (Celebrity guest) * 2018: The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story as Antonio D\'Amico

THEATRE

* Les Misérables (1996), Broadway – Marius * Evita , (2012), Broadway – Ché

TOURS

Main article: List of Ricky Martin concert tours

* Ricky Martin
Ricky Martin
Tour (1992) * Me Amaras Tour (1993–1994) * A Medio Vivir Tour (1995–1997) * Vuelve World Tour (1998) * Livin\' la Vida Loca Tour (1999–2000) * One Night Only with Ricky Martin (2005–2006) * Black and White Tour (2007) * Música + Alma + Sexo World Tour (2011) * Ricky Martin Live (2013–2014) * Live in Mexico
Mexico
(2014) * One World Tour (2015–2017)

HONORS AND AWARDS

See also: List of awards and nominations received by Ricky Martin

* Martin was chosen along with Félix Trinidad in 1999, to lead Puerto Rico's worldwide tourism campaign, both exemplifying Puerto Rico's youthfulness, enthusiasm and indefatigable character. * In February 2004, Martin received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Lo Nuestro Awards in Miami. * Martin was honored as the 2006 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year by the Latin Recording Academy on November 1, 2006. He was chosen for his accomplishments as a world-renowned entertainer, consummate performer and passionate humanitarian. A portion of the proceeds from the evening's tribute dinner was used for benefitting Ricky Martin's charitable efforts. * On October 16, 2007, Martin received the 2351st Hollywood Walk of Fame star, shortly after receiving the key to the city of Miami Beach, Florida on October 11. The star is located beside the Hollywood and Highland complex. Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
Antonio Villaraigosa
and Rita Moreno were invited to the unveiling ceremony. * In 2008, Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
declared August 31 to be International Ricky Martin Day. * In 2011, Martin was awarded Spanish citizenship to honor his contributions to the arts. * In addition to the numerous awards received throughout his musical career, Martin has also been honored with many accolades for his humanitarian efforts.

SEE ALSO

* Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
portal * Latin music portal * LGBT portal

* Honorific nicknames in popular music
Honorific nicknames in popular music
* List of Puerto Ricans * White Latin American * Corsican immigration to Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
* Cultural diversity in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico

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