Ricky Martin, born on December 24, 1971, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, is a globally acclaimed Puerto Rican singer, actor, and humanitarian. He gained international fame with his infectious pop and Latin music, captivating audiences with his dynamic performances and charismatic stage presence.
Martin initially rose to prominence as a member of the boy band Menudo in the 1980s. However, it was his solo career that truly launched him into superstardom. In 1999, his hit single "Livin' la Vida Loca" from the album "Ricky Martin" became a chart-topping sensation, propelling him into the mainstream music scene. His energetic blend of pop, dance, and Latin influences resonated with audiences worldwide.
Beyond his music career, Ricky Martin is also recognized for his advocacy and philanthropic work. In 2010, he publicly came out as gay and has since been an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ+ rights. He founded the Ricky Martin Foundation, which focuses on the welfare of children around the world, combating human trafficking, and providing aid in the aftermath of natural disasters.
In addition to his musical achievements and activism, Martin has ventured into acting, appearing in television shows like "General Hospital" and Broadway productions such as "Les Misérables." He has received numerous accolades throughout his career, including Grammy Awards and Billboard Music Awards, cementing his status as a multi-talented and influential artist.
Ricky Martin's impact on both the entertainment industry and the world at large is undeniable, as he continues to use his platform to promote positive change and inspire people through his music and humanitarian efforts.
InspirationCourageHelping OthersHeroes represent the best of ourselves, respecting that we are human beings. A hero can be anyone from Gandhi to your classroom teacher, anyone who can show courage when faced with a problem. A hero is someone who is willing to help others in his or her best capacity.
Personal GrowthConnectionMindsetSpiritualityAnyone who is not on your same evolutionary and spiritual frequency will distance himself from you, while all those who are on the same evolutionary and spiritual frequency as you will come closer to you; you will see how amazing it is to discover that everyone who needs to be by your side will ultimately appear in your life in the most spontaneous and divine manner. That's how powerful the mind is
Personal ExperiencesGetting caught masturbating sucks. I got caught masturbating in jail 7 or 8 times, it really sucks.
I hated it when people tried to force me out when I wasn't ready. It was very painful, and it actually pushed me away from doing so.
Personal GrowthSelf-ReflectionStrengthAcceptanceThese 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.
The homosexual community wants me to be gay. The heterosexual community wants me to be straight. Every [writer] thinks, "I'm the journalist who's going to make him talk". I pray for them. I pray that they get a life and stop living mine!
ParentingFatherhoodA lot of people say, 'Wow, you're a single father of twin boys, that's crazy!' Two toddlers can get hectic, but I wouldn't change it for anything. Every day they teach me different things. The love is there. When you have a two-year-old saying every other hour, 'Papi, te amo. Papi, I love you,' it can't get better.
Self-ImageSelf-PerceptionPersonal IdentitySexualitySexuality and sensuality are completely different things. Sensuality is something that you're born with. But sexuality is something I leave for my own mirror.
SimplicityBuddha's teaching are very simple, you don't have to break your head to understand the message. The part that I like the most from Buddha's teachings and from His Holiness, The Dalai Lama, is that the most powerful weapon is to not attack, to be able to have self-control.
Personal PreferencesI love giving the golden shower. I've done it before in the shower. It's like so sexy, you know, the temperature of your body and the shower water is very different.
DisciplineExerciseFoodI eat everything, that's a problem. I don't have discipline. My favorite dish is the Caribbean. Meat, rice, lots of grains. But I do like to do exercises. Lately, I've been having capoeira classes and lots of cardiovascular exercises, such as jogging and cycling.
StereotypesI have been a victim of stereotypes. I come from Latin America and to some countries, we are considered 'losers,' drug traffickers, and that is not fair because that is generalizing.
TalentSelf-ReflectionTime ManagementRegretsSexualityIf I had spent a quarter of the time that I spent manipulating my sexuality in front of a piano instead, I would be the most gifted piano player of my lifetime.
I believe we have to bring Broadway a little Latino flair. We have to keep it alive.
SuccessFameInfluenceYouthI was onstage with Menudo since I was 12 years old. To us, the most successful one was the guy with the most fans. If you moved your hips and the girls screamed, you were getting it right. Who wouldn't want to be like Elvis or Jim Morrison!
Well-BeingPrioritiesCreative ProcessChildrenMy priorities are: I need to be good; I need to be well within for my children to be well within; and then the creative process flows, organically and smoothly. I'm not looking to experience what I went through in the 'Livin' La Vida Loca' days again.
One day I'm riding a bicycle in my neighborhood, the next day I auditioned for Menudo and was on a plane to perform in front of 200,000 people.
FamilyDiversitySelf-IdentityParentingAcceptanceEvery family is different. I am mom and I am dad and I'm going to do my best. You should be proud, walk through life saying I have the coolest family. I am part of a modern family.