Gay idol: Ricky Martin talks about family and album during quarentine

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The singer Ricky Martin is the star on the cover of “Our Family”, a notebook of the LGBT magazine “Out” of July / August. In the interview, the Puerto Rican talks about his career in music, family, anxiety crises, paternity and about his legacy as an activist fighting against human trafficking, LGBT rights, among other causes.

Ricky Martin married in 2017 to artist Jwan Yosef and now has four children, two of whom Martin initially became a single father in 2008, from Matteo and Valentino, Lucia (2019) and Renn (2020). During the quarantine, he started listening to a lot of music, from his own musical tastes and that of his children and husband, Martin started to finish the album – originally titled “Movimiento” – that he had started nine months earlier.

Instead of releasing an album, however, Martin split the project into two EPs, Pausa and Play. The first – the first EP was released this summer and features ballads and collaborations with names like Bad Bunny, Residente, Sting and Carla Morrison.

In the interview, he talks a lot about the dream of becoming the father of a large family. “For many years I dreamed of being a father and many, many, many times I went through this grieving process for being gay, being a closeted gay thinking I couldn’t be a father,” he said of parenting through surrogacy, the way how he built his family. “Obviously, adoption is an option and it is very beautiful, but unfortunately for gays, it is very difficult to adopt in some countries.” This personal reality fit in with a part of Ricky’s life that has been around since he first appeared: his activism and the fight against human trafficking.

Ricky Martin and his husband. Credit: Fabian Guerrer/OUT


Activist
Although the war he has waged against human trafficking has been his highest standard, Martin has continually used his platform, voice, connections and resources for a variety of efforts, such as defending children around the world, addressing HIV and helping his country Porto Rich. After hurricanes Irma and Maria, he helped raise nearly $ 5 million in assistance for the island. This summer, its foundation helped raise funds in the fight against COVID-19.

Career
With a career and extensive biography, Ricky Martin was 12 years old when he joined the Latin boy band Menudo. As a preteen, he traveled and performed throughout Latin America in an intense lifestyle. Five years later, he left the group and started a solo career. A 1998 World Cup performance broadcast to about 2 billion people turned him into a global star, and he sold more than 70 million records and won two Grammys.

That, in addition to the work he did on television, appearing at General Hospital, among other programs, and receiving an Emmy nomination for his role in The Murder of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, by Ryan Murphy. In 2012, he performed at the Tony Awards in connection with his role as Evita on Broadway. His autobiography became a best-seller in the New York Times, and in 2013 he even launched a website to give tips to parents and share experiences about parenting.

Check OUT’s full interview by clicking here.

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