Puerto Rican singer, composer, and actor Ricky Martin Morales was born on December 24, 1971. With a record that includes Latin pop, mainstream, dance, reggaeton, and salsa music, he is renowned for his musical variety. He is known as one of the most influential musicians in the world and is referred to as the King of Latin Pop, the King of Latin Music, and the Latin Pop God.
Martin, a San Juan native, started his acting career in television commercials at nine and launched his singing career as a member of the Puerto Rican boy band Menudo at twelve. With the release of his first two studio albums, Ricky Martin (1991) and Me Amaras (1992), he launched his solo career in 1991 while working for Sony Music Mexico (1993).
In 1990, Martin received admission to the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University; however, before the semester had started, a friend invited him to Mexico City. He saw the musical comedy play, took the job after accepting it, left school, and relocated from New York to Mexico City to participate in the show.
Martin joined the cast of the television series Alcanzar Una Estrella II when he was playing on stage in Mama Ama el Rock (1991). In addition, a movie based on the TV show Más que alcanzar una Estrella (1992) was made, in which Martin was featured. For his performance, Martin was given an El Heraldo Award.
Childhood And Teenage Years
Doa Nereida Morales, his mother, is a former accountant, and Enrique Martin Negroni, his father, is a retired psychologist who once served as a regional supervisor for a Puerto Rican mental-health organization.
After his parents separated when he was two years old, Martin could freely roam between his father’s home in the affluent San Juan neighborhood of University Gardens and his paternal grandmother’s home nearby, even though his mother had custody of him. Martin is of Canarian and Basque ancestry and is of Spanish origin. The Martin family migrated from Spain to Puerto Rico in 1779.
He met a woman who was the host of a television show in 1990, not long after he had been to Mexico to film Mama Ama el Rock. They got together right away and broke up a few months later. He fell in love with Alejandra Guzmán, a Mexican singer who was divorcing her spouse at the time, in 1992.
Martin welcomed Matteo and Valentino, twin sons born through gestational surrogacy, into the world in August 2008. He added that he went with surrogacy rather than adoption, which was difficult and may take a while since it was intriguing and speedier. Martin revealed on his website in March 2010 that he was homosexual.
Faith And Beliefs
Martin said he believes in love, the ability to heal, and God because of his parents during an interview with People in 2002. He named his baby Matteo, which is Italian, meaning gift from God.
Everywhere he travels and in every circumstance he encounters, he makes a conscious effort to be open to everything and always finds new teachings and routes. Martin holds that everyone can decide what makes them happy and that even while everyone needs to accept the life they were given, this does not preclude them from “living it to the fullest extent feasible.
Sport And Good Health
Following a 1997 trip to Thailand, Martin started doing yoga. Following a trip to India, he also started meditating. He said that, as of 2021, he rises every morning at 5:30 before his family, positions himself in the lotus posture, and oxygenates his body.
At 18, Martin said he was diagnosed with elevated cholesterol. Although he was unaware of his high cholesterol then, he decided to become a vegetarian in 2013 to lower his cholesterol despite being a Latin dude who loves meat. Following the COVID-19 lockdowns, he disclosed in 2020 that he never had before experienced anxiety, adding that music had become his medication.
Martin has a powerful tenor vocal range. Noa Amouyal of The Jerusalem Post is both soulful and incredibly strong. The Los Angeles Times’ Enrique Lopetegui complimented Martin’s improved vocal abilities on A Medio Vivir in 1995. Later, Ernesto Lechner, another contributor to the Los Angeles Times, lauded his singing for being “charismatic enough to handle both ballads and up-tempo melodies.
Similarly, Chuck Taylor of Billboard noted that Martin’s previous song, “Livin’ la Vida Loca,” had “a variety that contrasts wonderfully with “She’s All I Ever Had,” calling his singing on the latter “tender and sincere.” A Quien Quiera Escuchar received praise for his vocal maturity from Steve Gerrard of the Montreal Rocks.
Image In The Public
Martin rose to stardom as a solo performer after joining Menudo and quickly became a teen idol. He later achieved pop legend status. His modest demeanor and lovely nature have been the subject of articles in the press. He was described as “one of the most acclaimed Latin vocalists on the globe” by a Clarn journalist. According to Metro Puerto Rico, he “elevated the name of Puerto Rico globally. According to YouGov surveys conducted in 2022, he is the second most well-known Latin musician in the country overall and the most notable among millennials.
He won five MTV Video Music Awards, two American Music Awards, three Latin American Music Awards, three Billboard Music Awards, nine Billboard Latin Music Awards, eight World Music Awards, and fourteen Lo Nuestro Awards. Billboard lists him as one of the Most Influential Latin Artists of All Time, one of the Greatest Music Video Artists of All Time, and one of the Greatest Latin Artists of All Time.
Martin has sold more than 70 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling Latin music performers of all time. He has 11 Billboard Hot Latin Songs number-one singles to his credit and more than 200 accolades to his name, including a Guinness World Record, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, two Grammy Awards, and five Latin Grammy Awards.