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21 Facts You Might Not Know About Ricky Martin

who didn’t grow up drooling over Ricky Martin? He started out as just a kid in San Juan and was world famous by age 12 thanks to his time with Menudo before making his on path in the music industry. He put Latin Pop on the map in iconic shows, and brought Latin music into the Spanglish American mainstream with hits like “Livin’ La Vida Loca” and “The Cup of Life.” Here’s a quick glimpse into the life and rise of Ricky Martin, the one man who still has our attention after all these years.

Ricky Martin was born on Christmas Eve.

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He’s coming up on his 47th birthday and has been in the business for 35 of those years. His full name is Enrique Martín Morales. He went by Ricky as a kid.

His mother was an accountant and his father a psychologist.

CREDIT: “Ricky Martin and his family life” Digital Image. AARP. 3 December 2018.

For ten years he had no relationship with his father until the pain finally overwhelmed him. “I was suffering,” he told People en Español. “If you think your parents are wrong, practice compassion and make peace.” He is the second youngest of six children.

His father discovered a newspaper ad for commercial auditions.

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By the time Ricky was 10 years old, he had starred in eleven commercials and was un poquito famous on the island. This gave him the perfect jumping off point for his career-making audition.

Then, he auditioned for iconic boy band Menudo.

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Billboard. 3 December 2018.

They rejected him after the second audition because he was too short. By the time he got into the third audition, his persistence won the executives over.

Looking back on Menudo, he says they were all spoiled.

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He told Billboard, “I didn’t go around the world, I went around the world on a private jet. I didn’t have a hotel room, we had an entire floor. We were spoiled.”

Ricky Martin was so eager to sign his first solo album, he didn’t read the contract and was robbed.

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The deal meant that he would only be given a penny for each album sold. I don’t know why Sony Discos thought they could challenge Puerto Rican rage, but Martin has a more zen view about it now. The record was the start of something for him.

He moved to New York City three days after turning 18 to celebrate his independence.

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Even after leaving Menudo when he was 17 years old, he couldn’t touch any of the money he’d earned because he wasn’t an adult. He enrolled in the Tisch School of the Arts in NYC and dropped out months before even starting. He was going to Mexican Broadway.

Eventually, Martin acted long enough to be cast in General Hospital as a Puerto Rican singer.

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This was his for real headshot for the role. He felt out of place on set because he was the only person with a Latino accent. He began a relationship with a man, came out to his mom, who supported him, and then locked it all up again after the relationship ended.

In his autobiography, he writes, “I already felt it was hard to be a Latino in Hollywood; what could have been more difficult than being Latino and gay?” 💔

This is the stage that critics everywhere say was the catalyst for Latin Pop:

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It was 1999, and his album Vuelve was nominated for Best Latin Pop Album. He performed “The Cup of Life” and the crowd went nuts, giving him a standing ovation. During an era when Marc Anthony was King, J.Lo was only known as an actress and Shakira hadn’t released her first album English yet, Ricky Martin was it.

That same night, he won the Grammy.

CREDIT: “Ricky Martin won the Grammy in 1999”Digital Image. AARP. 3 December 2018.

He’s known as the guy who led the charge for Spanish Language artists to transition into the English-speaking market. Immediately after winning the Grammy, he released “Livin’ la Vida Loca.” That did okay.

Ricky Martin grew up very, very Catholic.

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He was even an altar boy as a child. Today, he says he’s open to all religious beliefs. He told the Buddhist Channel, “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.”

We all remember our super Catholic moms who’d hit us if we questioned anything the priest said nodding their heads, “Respeto” when this news came out.

He made an appearance on Glee as “The Spanish Teacher.”

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. The EW. 3 December 2018.

Clearly, he was the best thing to happen to that show, second to Naya Rivera’s holy appearances. Martin teased fans on Twitter back in 2011 saying, “I hear McKinley high has an opening for a Spanish teacher… Maybe I’ll apply. ;o)”

On March 29, 2010, Martin publicly came out as gay.

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He came out in a post on his official website, saying:

“I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am. 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.” 🌈

Which makes covers like these hilarious:

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Barbara Walters has regretted pressuring Martin in 2000 to respond to questions around his sexuality. He told The Mirror, “I don’t think I should have to tell anyone if I am gay or not, or who I’ve slept with or not.”

Shortly after he came out, he released his autobiography, Me.

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It debuted at No. 5 on The New York Times Best Seller list. He opens up about what it was like navigating his sexuality and competing emotions while becoming a national sex symbol all a lo mismo tiempo.

Two years earlier, Ricky had twin sons via a gestational surrogate mother.

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Martin told Out magazine that he wants his kids in the spotlight because, “I want people to look at me and see a family and say, ‘There’s nothing wrong with that.’ It’s part of my mission. It’s part of my kids’ mission as well. My kids ask me about having two daddies and I tell them we are a part of a modern family. This is a beautiful sense of freedom.”

These days, Martin and his hubbie Jwan Yosef spend a lot of time on la isla.

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Yosef is a painter. Martin apparently fell in love with his work and then fell in love with him. The two plan to start an even bigger family together.

Their kids came up with the concept for Martin’s now-famous #Allin4PR camiseta fundraiser.

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Caption: “A few weeks ago, my kids came to me and asked ‘Dad, what can WE do to help Puerto Rico?” So they each drew & colored the Puerto Rican flag, we put the flags on t-shirts, and a beautiful idea was born. Once we got the first shirt, my husband photographed me in it and our family was #Allin4PR.”

Celebrities everywhere have joined the movement to help rebuild Puerto Rico with the Martin family.

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Celebrities like Bad Bunny, Marc Anthony, Will Smith, Jaime Camil, and Gina Rodriguez are just a few that supported it. The campaign is no longer active, but if you follow @Ricky_Martin, you can see all the active work he’s doing to physically rebuild homes in Puerto Rico.

Martin raised enough funds to reconstruct 225 homes.

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The whole Martin family is glorying in the Puerto Rican sun and the glow of helping Puerto Rican families. He posted on Instagram saying, “This was stronger than me. I couldn’t wait another day. It’s one year later, and we’re STILL #AllIn4PR. The death toll was high after Hurricane Maria, but the spirit of the people of Puerto Rico is UNBREAKABLE. We are resilient. ”

We leave you with this philanthropic, angelic padre, beach bod.

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Ricky Martin raised us all, and he’s essentially adopted the whole island under his paternal wing. This island just breeds buena gente, you know what I mean?


READ: Here’s A Throwback Video Of Ricky Martin Being Introduced By Oprah Winfrey As ‘The Cutest Thing

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Kali Uchis’s ‘Solita’ Is The Sexy And Empowering Reggaeton Song You Need To Get Over Your Ex

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Kali Uchis’s ‘Solita’ Is The Sexy And Empowering Reggaeton Song You Need To Get Over Your Ex

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Kali Uchis’s soulful voice has the whole world hypnotized. The Colombian-American’s songs embody female empowerment and strong womanhood, though Uchis says that’s coincidental. Empowerment has always been a recurrent theme in her music and now she’s back at it with her new release “Solita.”

Born in the United States but largely raised in Colombia, Kali Uchis’s music speaks of a multi-cultural conversation, a mosaic of influences, colors, and sounds.

Her debut album ‘Isolation’ made a huge impact on its 2018 release, the singer then hit the road for a tour of dazzling appearances.

“Bailando aquí sola, es mejor que con el diablo.”

Incoming single ‘Solita’ is her first blast of new material in 12 months, and it’s an ode to independence, to rejecting societal pressure to embrace a relationship; “Bailando aquí sola, es mejor que con el diablo.”

“Solita” is a song about the pleasures of being alone.

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Her first drop in 12 months, this new material is a song all about that classic Latino saying that goes a little like: “Mas vale sol@ que mal acompañad@.“ On the pleasures of being alone, Kali says, “I’d rather dance alone than with the devil. This song is about healing, freedom and embracing the mixed emotions that come with that. I hope my fans feel sexy when they listen to it. I’m so excited to share more…”

Uchis’s new single is a mellow, sexy, reggaeton song.

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Over a reggaetón beat, Uchis’s pained vocals announce that she’d rather be alone than stay with someone who hurts her. Embellished with croons and synth echoes, the song continues to show off her omnivorous approach to the genre.

The singer’s new single is her first bilingual single.

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“Solita,” her first new music since 2018 and her first bilingual single. Describing a relationship raw with “open wounds,” as long as she stays, she’s suffocating: “Rooted in your ways/You won’t ever know, you won’t ever see/Who I am today.” She switches to Spanish for the chorus, affirming that her decision to leave is the right one, even if it hurts: “Bailando aquí sola, como a mi me gusta” (“Dancing here alone, as I like”). It’s better, she says, than dancing with the devil. With each aching repetition of the word “sola,” she braces for a future where she’ll be able to rely on herself.

The sultry track was produced by Tainy, who’s worked with J Balvin and Bad Bunny.

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In an interview with Apple Music, she elaborated on the song: “The vibe was sad, yet horny. There’s a little bit of sexiness in it, but it’s also nostalgic. The hook basically translates to, ‘I’d rather dance alone than with the devil.’ I think that just goes back to wanting to feel empowered about independence, rather than feel like, ‘Oh, poor me, I’m alone.’ It’s not really like that.” She added, “I wrote the song a year ago. I was coming out of a breakup from a really long relationship. I think the song still resonates with me because I definitely look at relationships really differently.”

The Colombian-American singer has hinted at a Spanish album in the near future. 

“For my next album, I’m really going back to my roots, experimenting more with my music, not thinking so hard and not trying so hard — just free-flowing,” she said in an interview. The album would be predominantly in Spanish with some Spanglish, because that’s how Latinos live their everyday lives and we can’t wait to listen to the final result. “When I really want to say something that I feel I have to say in English, I will switch over because I’m not going to force it, but a lot of it will be in Spanish,” Uchis told People en Español. “Solita” is the first single off the album. “I’m at a point in my life where I don’t feel like I have to prove anything to anybody anymore. I’m growing every year.”

Kali Uchis wonders if she tried a little ‘too hard’ to prove herself in her debut album. 

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Reflecting on “Isolation”, Kali says she wonders if worrying about proving herself led her to overthink too much. “Looking back on it, I did tell true stories that were happening in my life on ‘Isolation,’ but I was a little too concerned about like, ‘This is my first album, I have to get the Gorillaz on it, Kevin Parker from Tame Impala, Tyler [the Creator], Bootsy [Collins].’ I felt like I had to pull everyone that I love into the project in order to prove myself as this genius.” 

She’s very proud of the result, nonetheless.

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“Someone coming from where I come from would have never even thought I would be able to get all those different artists on a project and be able to make it sound like one cohesive project,” Uchis told People en Español. “Project is the best word for [Isolation] — it was an experiment.”

Now, she’s happy to feel less pressure when she’s in the studio.

Who else is ready for some new music from Kali Uchis?

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Fans Are Telling Offset To Watch His Back After They Discovered How Hot Cardi B’s Bodyguard Is

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Fans Are Telling Offset To Watch His Back After They Discovered How Hot Cardi B’s Bodyguard Is

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As you may know, on Tuesday Cardi B made an appearance at Queens Criminal Court to deal with the case of attempted assault on New York bartenders Sarah “Jade” Wattley and Rachel Wattley. While Cardi immediately made headlines for her fashion-forward outfit that consisted of a large black coat decked out in feathers and a matching wide-brimmed hat, another member of her entourage was making headlines for an entirely different reason

Of the litany of paparazzi pictures documenting Cardi entering the courthouse, Cardi’s fans clocked the visage of a particularly handsome man closely following Cardi In the background  The gentleman in question was revealed to be Cardi B’s bodyguard, who goes by the name of Price. Wearing a black turtleneck, a gray blazer, and a trendy fisherman beanie, Mr. Price looked as if he just stepped out of a Calvin Klein ad.

As soon as the internet set their sights on Cardi’s bodyguard, all mention of her legal woes went out the window.

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With his chiseled jawline, furrowed brow and pouty lips, it seems as if Price was born to become an internet thirst trap. His Instagram feed is chock-full of pictures of him smoldering for the camera, decked to the nines in stylish designer clothes. It’s safe to say that Price could have had a very successful career as a male model if he hadn’t pursued a career in security.

But based off of his social media activity, Price seems to be completely content with his current calling. According to his Instagram page, Price owns and operates Priceless Protection Services, a private security company that’s based out of Georgia. He frequently shares posts about how blessed he feels to have the job he does. On Cardi’s birthday, Price shared a photo of the two of them on his page, with a caption that read: “It’s an honor continuing to protect you and your family”.

Not only is Price a successful businessman, but he appears to be a devoted father as well.

Adorably enough, Price often shares photos of himself with his son, the most recent one being on Thanksgiving. He captioned the precious photo of him and his son: “He has me lost for words when I usually have so much to say”. No word yet on whether Price is single or taken (but we’re hoping for the former).

According to Price’s Instagram page, he is also a loyal employee. He appears to have a close relationship with his employer, frequently singing Cardi’s praises through effusive posts, like the most recent one congratulating Cardi for gracing the cover of Vogue. “You are 100% deserving of god‘s plan for your life,” he captioned under a photo of Cardi holding her baby, Kulture.

Considering the popularity of Cardi’s hot bodyguard, it could be possible that she hired him in order to detract attention from her frequent headline-making antics.

It should be noted that Cardi wasn’t visiting Queens Criminal Court for a lighthearted matter. The “I Like It” singer was attending a hearing related to the 2018 altercation she had with Sarah “Jade” Wattley and Rachel Wattley outside of a New York strip club.

According to sources, Cardi tried to attack the Wattley sisters in retaliation for Jade’s romantic involvement with her husband, Offset. Cardi was charged and arrested in October 2018 for her involvement in the altercation, and earlier this year she pled not guilty to two felony counts of attempted assault as well as the lesser counts such of harassment, conspiracy, and reckless endangerment. In other words, Cardi is dealing with a lot right now.

Naturally, Twitter users couldn’t get enough of the tall, dark, and handsome Mr. Price.

People were shook that Cardi could be constantly surrounded by such a snack without giving into the temptation of…indulging.

This Twitter user decided to use the buzz around Cardi’s bodyguard to shoot her shot:

We can’t blame a girl for trying.

This girl decided to keep her love for price simple and to the point:

Join the club, chica.

This person had a brilliant idea after seeing pics of Cardi with Price:

We would even settle for a reality show at this point.

Some people had some spot-on jokes about how Offset should be watching his back:

Yes, we know Offset and Cardi have a solid relationship, but if there’s one thing that can sever a bond as strong as theirs, it’s a razor-sharp jawline.