How Many Kids Does Ricky Martin Have?
Ricky Martin enjoyed a meteoric rise onto the American Pop scene when his 1999 hit “Livin’ La Vida Loca” dominated the airwaves for months on end. He followed it up with some other successful musical releases before fading away from the spotlight for several years.
In 2010, he grabbed headlines all over again, but this time it was for a big announcement about his personal life. The musician famously came out as gay before later announcing to the world that he and his partner Jwan Yosef had gotten married.
Together, the couple has a growing family and plans for even more children in the future. What does their family life look like and how did the pair get their relationship started? Read on to find out.
Jwan Yosef and Ricky Martin met on Instagram
Yosef and Martin’s love story began where so many modern-day tales of romance do: on social media.
Yosef is a Syrian-born artist who was raised in Sweden. He currently splits his time between homes in London and Los Angeles. Yosef is a founding member of the Bomb Factory Art Foundation, where his work is featured. He explores the “process of making and unmaking” in his work, producing paintings with intentional distortions to make a statement about identity and being in an in-between state.
It was Yosef’s art that sparked the initial conversation between the lovebirds. Martin was scrolling through Instagram when some of the work caught his eye. He ended up messaging Yosef, and the pair talked online for months before meeting in person.
“We talked about art—nothing sexy…I swear, nothing sexy. It was all about art and life in general. He used to live in London, I went to London and I met him,” Martin explained.
Ricky Martin announced their engagement publicly
While Martin had hidden his sexual orientation from the world for a long time, he publicly announced that he was gay in 2010. Many supportive fans were thrilled to see him free, to be honest and open about his life. When he appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2016, he delighted viewers by adorably holding up his hand to showcase a ring and saying “we just got engaged” as he explained to DeGeneres how he had met Yosef.
While many fans were awaiting news of the wedding day, they were later shocked to learn that the ceremony had already happened. Martin and Yosef had gotten married in a private ceremony. Martin revealed the news to E! News in January of 2018.
Jwan Yosef and Ricky Martin has a growing family
Martin welcomed twin boys into his life via a surrogate back in 2008. The boys, Matteo and Valentino, were joined by a new baby sister named Lucia Martin-Yosef in December of 2018. The family adorably announced the new addition in a multi-lingual Instagram post featuring Lucia’s tiny fingers wrapped around the thumbs of (most likely) one of her fathers.
“It has been a special time for us and we can’t wait to see where this stellar baby will take us,” the post read.
One of the places the new baby seemed to be taking them was deeper into fatherhood. When asked about their plans for a bigger family, Martin responded that with a new baby there is “a lot going on so we’re going to put things in order first and then we are going to get ready for many more kids.”
The couple apparently didn’t need that long to get things together after all. In October, Yosef posted an Instagram photo of a baby bundled up and snuggled in his father’s arms.
“Renn Martin-Yosef, our baby boy is here,” the post explained.
Who knows just how “many” more children the pair intend to have, but it looks like the family of five is happy and thriving.