Ricky Martin was first known to many in the 1980’s as a cute young boy in the Latin boy band, Menudo. I knew about the group Menudo during that time but wasn’t really into them. I remember making fun of a silly song of theirs about a shopping mall. Maybe it was a cannonball. I don’t know. They were cute, but their music did nothing for me. I came to really know Ricky Martin as a solo artist in the 1990’s. I think the whole world came to know Ricky Martin during that time. He was all over the place in 1999 with his “Livin’ la Vida Loca”. I never knew what that song meant but I liked the way his hips moved. I figured the song was about pelvic thrusts and such.
Enrique Martin Morales was born on December 24, 1971 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He grew up in a Catholic home and was a sweet little altar boy until he joined Menudo in the 1980’s. Ricky replaced longtime Menudo member Ricky Melendez in 1984. After five years with the boy band, Ricky left Menudo in July 1989. After completing high school, Ricky left Puerto Rico and moved to Cancun (via a brief stay in New York) where he began acting. He also started recording again and had his first solo self-titled album out in 1991.
- Speaks five languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and French.
- Ranked number 42 on VH1’s 100 Sexiest Artists.
- Named one of People magazine’s 50 most beautiful people in 1999.
- He’s very hot.
- Was bartender/singer Miguel Morez on General Hospital in 1994.
- Has twin sons, Valentino and Matteo.
- Played Marius Pontmercy in the Broadway production of Les Miserable.
- VH1 rated Ricky’s song “She Bangs” number 8 their list of Most Awesomely Bad Songs. I think American Idol contestant William Hung had something to do with that.
Ricky Martin had stated that he was involved with Mexican TV host Rebecca de Alba for over 14 years and had at one point planned on proposing to her. I guess it’s a good thing he didn’t because he came out as a “fortunate homosexual man” in 2010. That’s very cool. I’m glad he didn’t feel the need to hide his sexuality any longer, not that it’s anybody’s business.
Ricky Martin continues to be successful. He is currently married to Jwan Yosef and they announced on December 31, 2018 the birth of their daughter. He continues to act and do his music. Ricky Martin is very giving of his time and gives a lot back. He seems like a great guy. I hope life continues being excellent for him.