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Two Years Before Coming Out, Ricky Martin Had Twin Sons Via Gestational Surrogate Mother

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.

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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?


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Pepe Aguilar Is Spreading Norteña Culture Across The US In Sold Out Venues And We Stan Hard

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Pepe Aguilar Is Spreading Norteña Culture Across The US In Sold Out Venues And We Stan Hard

Pop music is far more complex and deeper than Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift (no offence, ladies). In a multicultural society like the United States, we have to rethink what we consider as mainstream. This term is generally used for artists whose work is consumed by Anglo audiences. Think about it, an African-American rapper “breaks into the mainstream” when white folk start paying attention, right? Otherwise, the artist is just “niche”. That is why we gotta reconsider what “mainstream” means when it comes to Latino artists and shows. 

Which brings us to Pepe Aguilar, perhaps one of the most popular singers in the planet and who is taking Mexico and the United States by storm with his Mexican rodeo extravaganza “Jaripeo Sin Fronteras”. The show brings together charreria, songs and a good doses of good old Mexican pride. 

So who is Pepe Aguilar? (as if you didn’t know, right?) 

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His full name is José Antonio Aguilar Jiménez and he is Mexican-American as it comes. He was born in San Antonio, Texas, while his parents were on tour. He was raised in Zacatecas, where he first became a rock musician and had a band called Equs, which was influenced by the likes of Pink Floyd and The Who! Can you imagine that? Well, one thing led to another and he ended up going back to his Mexican roots and becoming one of the best-selling ranchera acts of all time. 

He is, of course, the son of the late great Tony Aguilar.

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Pepe Aguilar has ranchera en la sangre. He is the son of Antonio Aguilar and Flor Silvestre, two legendary musicians in their own right. Tony Aguilar was also a strong presence in the Mexican film industry. Aguilar senior recorded over 150 albums, which sold over 25 million copies. Can you get more mainstream than that? Well, Pepe is making sure that the family legacy lives on. 

Introducing Jaripeo Sin Fronteras!

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This amazing show has Pepe Aguilar as the lead, but includes acts by his kids Angela (what a voice on this lady!), Leonardo and Antonio Aguilar Jr. Marichis and rodeo acts are also included of course! The show is touring non-stop in 2019 in both sides of the border, bringing a message of unity. Just look at what they did in Mexico City.

Let’s not forget that for the Aguilar family showbiz is like second nature.

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The show just flows like the musical blood that runs through those Aguilar veins. This is Pepe with his brother, perhaps the only Aguilar not deep into showbiz! In an interview for CE Noticias Financieras, Guadalupe Pineda, the famous Mexican singer and Pepe’s cousin, says of him: “Pepe is a great dad, he’s doing the best for every one of his kids. As an aunt, you simply know and feel that we can all be wrong and that the boy is very young and has every right in the world to get ahead”. 

So, of course, the show includes the next generation of Aguilar talent!

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Angela Aguilar followed the family tradition of being born while on tour. She came into the world in Los Angeles while her mother was accompanying Pepe Aguilar on tour. And you can tell that musical talent is there. Her version of “Shallow” is enough to make anyone cry! And she had Lady Gaga’s blessing, as Angela said in the Mexican TV show Ventaneando: “Suddenly I’m playing the piano trying to practice and concentrate. Lady Gaga said yes, practice, you’re going to sing it. Oh, my God, I’m going to die! I mean, Lady Gaga knows who I am is like. wow!”.

The show includes all sorts of equine acts, and the horses are quite unique.

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Some of the amazing horses in the show are shaved by the amazing Rob Ferrell, a barber who is so dexterous with the blade he is able to imprint a Mexican aguila y serpiente on the equine’s skin. You can look at his work (on human and horse surfaces!) here: https://www.instagram.com/robtheoriginal/  

The show has been a sold-out in localities North and South of the Border.

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Look at the Honda Center in Anaheim: un lleno total, carajo! Pepe Aguilar is a consummate businessman and he knows that every city is slightly different. He explained the concept to Billboard: “It’s basically a modular concept, where you can change the pieces. The fundamental parts are the horse shows and the Mexican traditions. In some cities we’ll have special guests, in others, only the family is going to perform”. There are still some dates available this year: 

September 20 — Atlanta, Georgia @ Infinite Energy Center

September 22 — Chicago, Illinois @ Allstate Arena

September 27 — Tacoma, Washington @Tacoma Dome

Even if you are not a fan of ranchera culture, you have to admit the show is quite spectacular: the whole Aguilar family makes an appearance, look at Leonardo riding that horse.

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Leonardo is the latest success story in “La Dinastía Aguilar”. He has been nominated for two Latin Grammys despite his tender age: only 20 and he is already a great act. He released his first record when he was only 12-years-old, Nueva Tradición, a collaboration with his sister Angela.

And of course Pepe Aguilar has been super amazing with fans, because that is just who he is.

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You don’t get to be on top and stay on top without being an approachable and kind celebrity. Pepe Aguilar knows well who pays his wages: the millions of fans that love him and his multi talented family. 

And of course Mexican cities are embracing the show with sold out venues.

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Jaripeo sin Fronteras has had a huge appeal in Mexico, which tells us that being “Mexican” goes beyond national borders. No one cares Pepe Aguilar was born in the United States: we share one identity and one heart. 

So can haters admit Mexican culture is mainstream now?

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Jaripeo sin Fronteras has performed in the main arenas of almost every major city in the United States. See what we meant with rethinking what mainstream means?

And yeah, those are some of the most beautiful caballitos we have ever seen.

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Just look at those ojitos pispiretos, beautiful beasts. And as Billboard reports, no animals are harmed, so worry not: “Pepe, who rides several of his Andalusian horses in his own equestrian performance, also specifies that no animals are hurt during this tour”. 

Tejano Music Icon Selena’s Murderer Is Asking For A New Trial After Accusing Prosecutor Of Hiding Evidence

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Tejano Music Icon Selena’s Murderer Is Asking For A New Trial After Accusing Prosecutor Of Hiding Evidence

Yolanda Saldívar, the woman convicted of killing the iconic singer Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, is demanding a new trial. In an exclusive interview with Radar Online, the late “reina de Tejano music’s” former fan club president alleges there is evidence that could free her from her lifetime sentence for the 1995 murder.

Saldívar claims that the prosecutor in her case, Carlos Valdez, has been holding exculpatory material evidence.

According to Saldívar, it is proof that is favorable to the defendant and shows that Valdez did not disclose to the defense or the jury in the trial for Selena’s 1995 murder more than two decades ago. She says that Valdez discussed the alleged evidence, a pair of high top white Reebok sneakers and a black baseball cap, during an interview with Spanish-language media.

“The Petitioner paraphrases Mr. Valdez’s media interview where he stated that he and the defense counsel, the late Mr. Douglas Tinker, discussed what [evidence] would or would not be introduced to the jury,” reads court paperwork of a Second Writ of Habeas Corpus filed by Saldívar on March 28, 2019.

“How could this be? It is the jury, no less, that would decide the fate of the Petitioner, between [life] in prison and [freedom]. The jury, NOT the defense or the prosecutor is the trier of fact of all relevant material evidence and they alone should and DID determine between conviction and acquittal,” she writes.

In layman terms, Saldívar contends that allegedly relevant evidence in her case wasn’t presented to the jury.

This information is obligatory, and suggests that leaving out the information was “a nefarious attempt to obscure a verdict against the Petitioner.” According to her, including the hat and shoes in the evidence could impact the case against her.

In the interview, Valdez passively says that Saldívar was wearing the bloody hat and sneakers. He attests that Saldívar stepped in Selena’s trail of blood as she followed the late singer running for her life. However, Saldívar, who claimed the shooting was accidental, asked that if the shoes and bloodstains on them could prove she committed the crime, then why did the prosecution exclude them as evidence.

“The prosecutor, Mr. Valdez, presented evidence of the trail of blood he states the victim left behind as she ran 130 yards (390 feet) from the room to the front lobby of the motel,” the court papers read. “The ‘withholding’ of the victim’s shoes (i.e. White Reebok Tennis Shoes) are of a great consequence because if it is as Mr. Valdez claimed in his March 16, 2018 interview that the Petitioner ‘stepped’ on victim’s blood as she followed the victim, then ‘intent’ would have been proven or disproven. For 23 years, the jury nor the defense knew that such shoes existed.” 

She continued, saying she had “no doubt” the prosecutor “impaired the verity of the evidence by not only withholding the evidence but claiming that those tennis shoes belonged to the defendant, inciting and infecting the public’s sediment even more against the Petitioner before, during and now with his recent media interview.”

Saldívar went as far as accusing Valdez of knowing “those tennis shoes belonged to the victim” and said “withholding them helped get the conviction of the Petitioner practicing a travesty of justice to the rule of law and violating the constitutional rights of the Petitioner.”

Despite her demands, however, Saldívar’s case was dismissed without prejudice because the Petitioner filed the petition in district court and must seek permission from the Fifth Circuit.

Saldívar, a former nurse, founded Selena’s fan club in San Antonio. She became the club’s president and was later also promoted to manager of the late artist’s clothing boutiques, Selena, Etc. 

In 1995, six years after Saldívar had started the club, Selena’s father, Abraham Quintanilla, was receiving complaints from fans that they weren’t receiving their paid items and heard rumors from fellow employees that Saldívar had been embezzling money from both the fan club and the boutiques. As a result, Saldívar was fired. 

On March 31 of the same year, Selena met with Saldívar at a Days Inn motel in Corpus Christi to retrieve financial records Saldívar had been refusing to give to the Quintanilla family. While the “Como La Flor” singer was leaving the motel room, Saldívar shot her in the back, severing an artery. Selena, in critical condition, ran toward the motel lobby. Before collapsing, an employee claims the songstress named Saldívar as her shooter.

Selena was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital. 

At the time, she was 23 years old. Soon after, at the Days Inn, Saldívar was in a nine-hour-long standoff with the police, calling the shooting an accident and threatening to kill herself before she was arrested.

On October 23, 1995, jurors found Saldívar guilty of first-degree murder. Three days later, she was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility for parole in 30 years — the maximum prison term in Texas at the time. She is currently serving her time at the Mountain View Unit in Gatesville, Texas. She will become eligible for parole on March 30, 2025.

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