Is Ricky Martin Married?
Ricky Martin was something of a musical sensation in the late 1990s and early 2000s. His smash 1999 hit “Livin’ La Vida Loca” was a ubiquitous presence that enjoyed 20 weeks on the Billboard charts, five of them in the number one position.
Known for his impressive vocals and smooth dance moves, Martin enjoyed a powerful American music career before seemingly falling off the grid and then popping back up in recent years.
The truth about the star’s career is a little more complex, and so is his relationship status. After keeping his love life private for quite some time, the star came out publicly as gay and later revealed that he had married his partner. Find out more about Martin’s husband and what he’s been up to.
An early entertainment career became a lifelong passion
Martin started working in the entertainment business at a very young age. He started out in commercials at the age of six and then joined the teen musical group Menudo, where he spent five years before aging out when he turned 18.
While Martin is certainly best known for his musical performances, he also had a stint in acting early in his career. In fact, he is one of the many celebrities to have gotten his start in soap operas. From 1994 to 1996, he played the character Miguel Morez on General Hospital.
Of course, his success in the music world shortly after is now legendary, but many American fans assumed that he had faded away into obscurity like many one-hit wonders.
The truth is a little more complicated than that. While Martin did take an intentional period of time off from his career to focus on his family, he has been quite active globally.
He’s stayed musically active, winning a Grammy in 2015 for Best Latin Album. He was also a host on the Australian version of The Voice and helped behind the scenes on Latin American TV shows.
He broke the silence about his personal life
For years, Martin faced speculation about his sexual orientation, but he did not publicly come out as gay. When he stepped away from music to take care of his twin sons, little was known about his family life. In 2010, he made a heartfelt public statement that suggested the secrecy surrounding his identity had been a burden.
“To keep living as I did up until today would be to indirectly diminish the glow that my kids [were] born with. Enough is enough. This has to change,” he wrote as he announced to the world that he was “a fortunate homosexual man.”
He also wrote: “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.”
A surprise marriage announcement shook the world
While Martin’s touching announcement that he was gay brought him a lot of support, he continued to shock fans. Martin had begun dating Jwan Yosef, a Syrian-born artist, after the two met on Instagram.
The pair made their public debut as a couple at a Brazilian gala. Shortly after, Martin posted a picture of the couple holding hands with the simple caption of “Yup.”
Shortly after that, Martin announced his engagement to Yosef on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. While fans awaited more details about the big day, Martin shocked them again by announcing that he and Yosef had quietly tied the knot in a private ceremony in 2018 without fanfare.
The couple seems to stay pretty busy with a growing family (they have three kids) and plenty of projects to keep them invested in their art.