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Here’s Everything You Should Know About The New J Balvin Doc, ‘The Boy From Medellín’ That Will Soon Be On Amazon

Few artists have been as busy as J Balvin. The four-time Latin Grammy winner has been pumping out track after track, making him one of the most streamed artists in the world. He’s collaborated with Justin Bieber, Beyoncé, Camila Cabello, Maluma, and Bad Bunny.

His latest album, Colores, garnered critical and commercial success. With his songs “Blanco,” “Morado” and “Rojo” hitting number one on the charts, he became the artist with the most #1-songs on the Latin Airplay charts in history, with 24 of his songs earning that spot over the course of his career.

And now, it turns out that he has a major movie deal that will soon be debuted at the Toronto Film Festival, and later will be available for all to watch from the comfort of our Amazon Prime accounts.

Amazon Studios has acquired the rights to J Balvin documentary, The Boy From Medellín and it looks so good.

Amazon Studios has acquired the worldwide rights to the documentary The Boy From Medellín, meaning the world is about to be immersed in the life of one of the world’s biggest stars. Amazon picked up the rights to the film ahead of its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 11.

With some big name support behind it, the film puts the spotlight on the reggaetonero who has become one of the most influential Latin artists of our time.

The Boy from Medellín gives audiences unprecedented access to J Balvin as he prepares for the biggest concert of his life — a sold-out performance in his hometown of Medellín, Colombia. The doc dives deep into the musician’s life as he takes us behind the scenes to show us a pivotal and emotionally charged moment of his life.

“Representing my country, my city and Latin culture globally is a lifelong pursuit and I’m so proud to be a son of Medellín,” said Balvin. “I’m honored to be able to tell my story in this beautiful way and working with Matthew on this project was an incredible experience. Thank you to Amazon for making sure this story can be seen around the world.”

The film was directed by Matthew Heineman, who has several major film projects under his belt.

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Oscar-nominated Matthew Heineman directed the documentary about the Columbian reggaeton star to debut at Toronto. Heineman previously worked with Amazon Studios for his film City of Ghosts, for which he won a DGA Award. He also directed A Private War.

“I am excited to partner with Amazon in bringing Jose’s powerful personal story to a global audience,” said Heineman. “While J Balvin is the undeniably talented musical icon behind some of the world’s most popular songs, Jose’s strength and openness in talking about his struggles with mental health drew me to make the film.”

Amazon Studios says that “Heineman is a master of his craft, and beautifully depicts the perspective of an international music icon. We are thrilled to welcome Matthew back to the Amazon family and to share J Balvin’s story with our global customers.”

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J Balvin Is Opening Up About His Battle With Coronavirus And He Says This Was His Worst Symptom

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J Balvin Is Opening Up About His Battle With Coronavirus And He Says This Was His Worst Symptom

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As more and more celebrities share their Covid-19 diagnoses, J Balvin is opening up about his intense fight against the virus. Not only did he suffer from the intense physical effects of Covid-19 infection, but he admits that he lost all hope because of it’s effect on his mental health.

The reggaetonero, who has long been open about his own struggles with mental health, confessed in an Instagram post that his anxiety came raging back amid his battle against Covid-19 -– causing him to lose all hope at one point.

J Balvin revealed that he lost all hope amid his battle against Covid-19.

Having been hit ‘hard’ by a Covid-19 infection, J Balvin says that he actually lost all hope as he fought back against the virus. Although the Colombian megastar did suffer from a particularly strong infection, Balvin revelas that it was his anxiety that had the biggest effect on him.

When he revealed he had contracted the virus, at the Premios Juventud, he said, “Right now I am just coming off COVID-19. They have been very difficult days, very complicated. Sometimes you think that it is not going to hit you but it got me and it got me very hard.”

Since that announcement, J Balvin has detailed his fight against the virus and it’s a reminder of how careful we all need to be. He confessed that suffering from the disease was one of the most complicated experiences of his life, and that it is a mistake for the rest of us to think of it as a game – because it’s very dangerous.

“It is one of the most difficult health experiences I have had in my life; you think it’s a joke because there is a lot of fake news,” he said. “I feel it’s almost killing me, fever of 40º C, chills, loss of smell, low oxygen, loss of taste, and fear of feeling that one of the worst nightmares of today is inside you. I had a very bad time,” he added.

Having long been open about his struggle with mental health, Balvin shared that anxiety hit him hard.

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J Balvin has long been open about his struggle with mental health. He’s one of the few Latino stars who is open about mental health issues and his openness has had a major impact on Latinos being able to speak about their own issues.

The singer is once again opening up about these issues as they came out in full force once again, as he battled Covid-19. For him, the days with the virus were complicated not only by the symptoms it causes, but also by the anxiety that came rushing to the surface once again.

With his heart in hand, he said: “I have suffered from anxiety and as a result of this event it became more potent, but I accept and face the aspects that affect my body and my mind and, I recognize that I am vulnerable and VERY fragile, before this and thousands of more situations.”

Balvin has previously been candid about his health — and in June penned a personal essay for PEOPLE, in which he opened up about his struggles with anxiety and depression. In the essay, the singer credited meditation with helping him overcome those struggles. In fact, Balvin said that the practice “saved my life.”

The reggaetonero gave a major shoutout to the medical workers who helped keep him – and so many others – safe.

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Although J Balvin suffered from an intense case of Covid-19, he has given several shoutouts to the medical team who helped make sure he was in good hands.

He uploaded a photo to his Instagram to show his immense gratitude to not only his doctor, but the tens of thousands of medical workers across the world who are working to protect and help those infected by the virus.

J Balvin explained that the photograph was taken by the doctor on a very critical day, in which he presented all the symptoms and in which they even thought of hospitalizing him. He goes on to say that he now considers these people who helped him as members of his family.

Speaking about the photo, he said “They are the ones who took care of me professionally, they are family. I remember this photo because at that precise moment, I had all the symptoms and I lost hope, to the level that they thought of hospitalizing me,” wrote the singer.

J Balvin is just one of many celebrities who have battled the virus.

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As beaches, restaurants, and even bars and clubs started to reopen, it was easy to forget that we are still in the midst of a global health crisis – one that continues to hit the Latino community, in particular, very hard. And stars, they really are just like us. Celebrities are also at risk of contracting Covid-19 and over the last few days, we’ve learned that several of Latin music’s biggest stars have in fact been infected with the virus.

As if a reminder that stars, they’re just like us, several of Latin music’s biggest celebrities have announced that they’ve tested positive for Covid-19. Karol G, Prince Royce, and Chiquita Rivera have all shared their positive diagnosis for the virus and are urging fans to stay home and use masks when they have to go out.

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Take A Look Inside J Balvin’s Gorgeous Homes And Prepare For Some Serious House Envy

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Take A Look Inside J Balvin’s Gorgeous Homes And Prepare For Some Serious House Envy

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Fact: J Balvin is a fashion icon. Apart from inspiring millions of fans with hit after hit, the reggaetonero is well known for his iconic looks that also inspire his stans. Whether its leopard print-dye hair or a fashion-forward collection in partnership with Guess, Balvin is an artist with an eye for pretty much everything.

With such an outrageous and fashion-forward aesthetic, many fans may be surprised to see where the Colombian superstars calls home.

The ‘X’ and ‘Mi Gente’ singer owns two properties in Colombia — a loft in the city, and a massive, Japanese-inspired country house.

In a recent interview with Architectural Digest (AD), Balvin introduces the world to his two beautiful homes in Colombia. The Grammy Award-winning artist has a loft apartment in Medellín and a country home about thirty minutes outside the city.

He says that he designed the homes with hosting friends and family in mind, but that the space has also been a peaceful place to quarantine during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

“I really enjoy that it is a place where, basically, I’m living now,” he says in the video. “Now that quarantine has started for like three months now, I’m really happy that I created the place that I wanted. It’s not a place to show off, it’s a place for my soul to rest.”

In an interview with Architectural Digest, Balvin opens up about his personal style and how he gets inspired.

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Balvin tells AD that “architecture, music, fashion – they’re all forms of expression,” and he holds that belief close to his heart. He adds that “a house should be a place where you can rest your spirit. I’ve tried to create places that feed my soul, not my ego.”

Given the clean and luxurious aesthetics of both of his homes, it’s obvious that Balvin enjoys neutral spaces that allow him to connect with his artistic side.

His Medellín loft-style apartment is the home that many dreams are made of.

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In his Medellín apartment — which Balvin describes as one giant “man cave” — high ceilings, concrete floors and a muted color palette give the space an industrial feel, allowing his art collection to shine.

Paintings and sculptures by artists like KAWS, WhIsBe, Josh Sperling, and Takashi Murakami splash color in an otherwise spare space, and give structure to the open floor plan. (There is only one door in the loft — to the bathroom). 

A garage-style door leads out to the apartment’s private pool, where Balvin likes to kick back. He describes the urban sanctuary as “a place where I can vibe with art and architecture, the things I love.”

His country home – no less luxurious – draws inspiration from his love for the energy and culture of Japan.

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Tucked 30 minutes outside the city amidst a jungle landscape in Llanogrande, Balvin’s country home is similarly artful, but is more family-focused. Balvin says that the home’s design was influenced by Japan because he loves the energy of the country. 

The majority of the expansive, one-level property — which is surrounded by lush jungle — is designed with black and oak wood features. Bonsai trees can be found both inside and outside the home. 

In a video tour, Balvin shares that he never actually sleeps in his bedroom. Instead, the main suite is equipped with a massive walk-in closet that houses his 850 pairs of sneakers. “I like to sleep around the different rooms… I don’t like to get bored of my own places,” he says.

The bedroom, like many of the rooms in the house, has a glass door that leads outside, allowing Balvin to take in his natural surroundings, with ample greenery providing plenty of privacy. He says he likes to sit outside and meditate, drink tea and think — often by the swimming pool, which runs down into a reflecting pool surrounded by areas to dine and lounge al fresco. 

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