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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.

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.

CREDIT: @ricky_martin / Instagram

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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Easter Eggs, Conspiracies And High Expectations For The Inevitable Riverdale-Sabrina Crossover

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Easter Eggs, Conspiracies And High Expectations For The Inevitable Riverdale-Sabrina Crossover

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The CW’s Riverdale and Netflix’ The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (CAOS) might be giving us crossover we all deserve. Of course, true fans who grew up with a pile of Archie Comics in every bathroom en la casa know that we’ve spent decades waiting for this to happen. In the comics, there would be occasional stand-alone stories set in Sabrina’s world and sometimes, Sabrina would intermingle with Archie and The Gang.

These modern-day troubled teens have actual gang violence, a homicidal Hiram Lodge, real live Satan and demons and even “Gargoyle Kings” to contend with.

The comic writer, Nick Spencer, has outright told the public we can expect a crossover.

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We know that it’s going to happen in the next actual Archie comic. Spencer told Vulture “We were looking to do something that had never been done before. And we wanted to make it so every character that falls under the Archie banner felt like they had a place in the core title. When a character as classic and iconic as Sabrina comes to town, you know it has to have a big impact.”

But the easter eggs throughout both the TV series are pointing strongly toward on on-screen crossover.

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In the intro of Netflix’s CAOS, we see a comic banner that shows Sabrina watching the original Riverdale cast characters on screen. See Salem sleeping under that TV? Precioso.

Plus, CAOS mentioned the town of Riverdale twice in the first season.

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Sabrina Spellman’s aunties own a funeral home. After Sabrina’s boyfriend Harvey found out the whole truth of her witchy involvement in trying to revive his brother from an enemy’s revenge spell, he wanted nothing to do with the Spellman’s. Riverdale is close enough apparently that he could use their services.

Then there was that time that this girl gang sought revenge on the misogynist football players.

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Sound familiar? In CAOS, it was like how Betty and Veronica humiliated the team except far more terrifying. I’ll be rooting for Riverdale in the inevitable Greendale vs Riverdale nemesis game.

Riverdale and Greendale are intentionally set up to be in the same world.

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The showrunners for both series are intentionally setting fans up to be deeply enmeshed in both worlds and have a broader context for the cross-references. Probably because it’s the same showrunner.

But not everything can be explained.

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Just like in other iconic magical worlds, it seems that magical folks are just a little further behind the humans on using their technology. Probably because they seem to be able to summon each other in person, which, IMHO, is a level up from FaceTime.

Last we saw, Archie and Jughead had walked into the next town over.

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The town had been taken over by Gryphons and Gargoyles, with graffiti all over the town. Are they just one town over from Greendale, where Sabrina will take pity on their human incompetency to understand a witchy problem.

The reason things makes sense in Riverdale right now is probably becausthat just humans living in a bruja’s world.

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But nonetheless, this mitad bruja is going to try. Some people point out that the similarities might just be because both shows are directed by the same person, but to them, I say, mentira. Mira.

This is Riverdale’s Gargoyle King.

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We’ve seen the Gargoyle King a few times, mostly in the woods with Bughead. Now, he seems to be ruling the Sisters of Quiet Mercy and seems to be inextricably linked to Hiram Lodge, who also hired out all the men in the abandoned town Archie and Jughead visited. They’re all making a new drug. The same one that the Sisters of Quiet Mercy are dispensing to its abducted clients.

And this seems to be the Dark Lord in CAOS.

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This is the image that young Harvey remembers when he was last down in the mines as a little boy. He spent five hours crying after seeing the “half-goat” and smelling “brimstone.”

When Sabrina takes him to the mines in the present day, she tells him that it must have just been the rock carving that spooked him.

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I mean, it’s a creepy rock carving, but we all know this is mentira to the max. Plus, when they leave the mines, we see the silhouette of the real thing behind them. Is this The Dark Lord or a separate entity–a demon?

A few Riverdale episodes ago, Jughead finds this painting down in the same mine.

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Ya, the crossover is already happening before our very eyes. Plus, when we see the Gargoyle King in the flesh in Riverdale, he doesn’t have ears. Down in the mines, that looks like a goat head if I ever saw one.

God bless Twitter for these conspiracies:

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In CAOS, Sweetwater River was references as a river rich with magic. Maybe a spell has been cast on Riverdale to keep the pawns of the game in place. We don’t know what goes beyond it, but Archie and Jughead might be on the brink of finding out.

Conspiracy Theory #47: Polly es una bruja.

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I mean, twins?! Is this a telenovela or Hollywood production we’re watching? What does The Farm have to do with all the mysterious happenings in Riverdale? Could it be that The Blossoms are witchy, and they inherited some kind of power? What is the significance of the twins?

Plus, there was that one time Ambrose was spotted playing Gryphons and Gargoyles.

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Is Ambrose so tormented by his casi century long house arrest that he decided to use his powers to mess with a whole town of teenagers? Is Ambrose the Gargoyle King or ultimate gamemaster?

Then, there’s Ben Button, our one and only cameo.

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In Riverdale, he was preyed on by the piano-teaching Ms. Grundy and then in episode 2, he jumped out of a hospital window to “ascend” in Grypons and Gargoyles (after a failed attempt to drink the blue drink).

Then, he showed up in *Greendale* to deliver pizza and become an actual snack to Madame Satan.

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So, we know he’s dead. Again? Did they name him Ben Button because he’s just never going to die? Or, hear me out–do Riverdale characters who eventually “ascend” (witch speak for die(?)) just graduate to Greendale?

ANOTHER fan theory is that the timeline is that after he got eaten in Sabrina, he was revived as a demon in Riverdale and actually possessed when he jumped out the window.

To be honest. A lot of people hate the idea of a crossover.

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That’s because they haven’t tasted the blue drink that is Riverdale. I get it. I’m a 26-year-old woman who is addicted to a teen drama TV series, but I’m also a chismosa who is here for a telenovela level of drama. I’m team crossover, obviamente.

Dec. 15, witches. It’s happening. Maybe.

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Literally, no one has said anything about a crossover happening during the holiday special, but the official Netflix synopsis teases this:

The Church of Night, like all covens, celebrates the Winter Solstice – the longest night of the year – when families gather around the Yule Fire to sing pagan carols and tell ghost stories. But the holidays are also a time for guests and visitors – both welcome and unwelcome – you never know what might come down the chimney…

Sabrina actress Kiernan Shipka Instagram posted a major teaser.

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“HAPPY SOLSTICE!!!! We’ve got a #Caos holiday ep and it’s INSANE. Plus there’s an extra super special secret surprise in it that I think everyone is going to freak out about.”

What could be more freak worthy, extra special and secret than the Riverdale cast making an appearance?! It airs December 15, brujitas, so prepare yourselves.

We’ll be over here conspiring more theories…

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The Dark* Lord is testing me, comadres. What fan theories did we miss? Comment below and Happy Solstice!


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