Ricky Martin
RollingStone India|September 2020
Ricky Martin
The Puerto Rican superstar on parenting, protests, and the past, present, and future of the Latin pop revolution
Ricky Martin had been an international star for years before “Livin’ La Vida Loca” topped the U.S. charts — and he’s hardly seen a dull moment in the two decades since. In 2010, the Puerto Rican singer came out to his fans as a gay man; nearly 10 years later, he received his first Emmy nomination, for his role in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. This spring, Martin — now a father of four with his husband, Syrian-born artist Jwan Yosef — released a new EP, Pausa, featuring collaborations with Sting and Bad Bunny. It’s a busy life, but he’s taken it all in stride, at least until Covid-19 hit. “Before this pandemic, I had no issues,” Martin, 48, says with a laugh. “I’m a delegator, I have a great team. But when this pandemic hit us ... I started going crazy!”

You live in a beautiful house in Beverly Hills. Does that make quarantine any easier?

I have a very loud house, in the sense that I have kids. We’re under a strict quarantine because my mom is here. It’s very severe — I think that’s the only way we can stop this from doing more harm. But I am very lucky. I am in a comfortable home where my kids can play. Whenever your head goes the wrong way, you just look at your kids, your husband, your mother, and you [think], “We’ve got to shape up.”


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September 2020