10 Things You Didn’t Know About Ricky Martin
This Latin singer was a huge Spanish sensation in the ’90s. Ricky Martin rose to fame with hit singles like “The Cup of Life,” “Shake Your Bon-Bon,” and “Livin’ la Vida Loca,” which became one of the best selling singles of all time after it sold 8 million copies! His first English-language album, titled Ricky Martin, also garnered a lot of success and became one of the best selling albums of all time. Martin hasn’t been able to reach the same level of success as he did back then, but he’s still doing quite well for himself. He just released a new chart topping single and announced a Las Vegas residency in the spring of 2017. In honor of his upcoming 45th birthday, here’s a list of 10 things you probably didn’t know about Ricky Martin!
10. Catholic Childhood
Ricky Martin was born Enrique Martin Morales in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He is the only child of Enrique Martin, a psychologist, and Nereida Morales, an accountant. His parents split when he was only 2-years-old and both went on to have more children with other partners. He started noticing he was attracted to males at a very young age, around three or four. “I felt something really magnetic about boys. And then I thought, no, I’m not supposed to be feeling this.’ But it was very powerful,” he said in an interview with The Guardian. Martin was raised as a Catholic and strongly believed in what the church taught. He was even an altar boy! “I thought, I’m supposed to like girls, because that’s what the church says, and that’s what my priest told me…Unfortunately, according to my faith, what I was feeling was evil, and I struggled.”
9. Career Beginnings
Before he went into singing, Ricky Martin was an actor! Well, kind of. He started appearing in commercials at the age of 10. This is where he gained the confidence to go out on stage. When he decided to switch gears and start singing, he joined a boy band called “Menudo” when he was 12. He auditioned for the band several times before landing a permanent spot first. Like many other boy bands, they had a young teen audience and when the boys turned 16 they were automatically replaced by someone new. The band was quite successful as they toured the globe and even sang in several different languages. Martin stayed with the group for five years before he broke off on his own. In interviews, he’s said that he’s extremely grateful for the experience, but he also regrets it in a sense because he feels like it “robbed him of his childhood.”