Ricky Martin

Enrique Martin Morales, better known as Ricky Martin, is a Puerto Rican singer, songwriter, and actor born on December 24, 1971. He is best known for his musical versatility and the diversity of his discography. After graduating high school, he moved to New York City, where he was accepted into New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1990. He dropped out before beginning classes and decided instead to continue pursuing the musical career he had started as a young boy. He first became known for his growing role as a member of the pop group, Menudo, with whom he achieved total success. He’s an outstanding musician and has been dubbed the “King of Latin Pop.” So, join us to celebrate his birthday today!

Fast Facts

Full Name:

Enrique Martin Morales

Nickname:

Ricky Martin

Birth date:

December 24, 1971

Age:

52

Zodiac Sign:

Capricorn

Height:

5' 11"

Relationship Status:

Married

Net Worth:

$130 million

Enrique's Social Media:

Background

Ricky Martin is an exceptional artist; his talents and versatility have set him apart, earning him global recognition and success. He was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and is of Basque and Canarian descent. Martin began singing at age six, and by nine, he was appearing in T.V. commercials.

In 1984, 12-year-old Martin became a member of the band Menudo, making his debut performance in San Juan. He soon became a key member as they released 11 albums, including the Grammy-nominated “Evolucion,” which featured his debut single ‘Rayo de Luna.’ Martin left the band in 1989 after turning 17, and in 1991, he released his debut studio album, “Ricky Martin.” The L.P. spent 41 weeks on the U.S. Billboard Latin Pop Albums charts. Soon after, Martin received a role in “General Hospital,” and by 1995, his third album, “Medio Vivir,” was launched. The record sold close to seven million copies worldwide, and its single, ‘Maria,’ reached five million purchases to top the charts in 20 countries. In 1999, the track was added to The “Guinness Book of Records” as the ‘Biggest Latin Hit.’ That same year, he won his career’s first Grammy Award for ‘Best Latin Pop Performance’ and released his first album in English, “Ricky Martin.”

Martin has won two Grammy Awards and five Latin Grammys, and has been nominated for an Emmy Award. As someone so famously successful, he has had his share of public relationships, and among the women he has dated are Alejandra Guzman, Gabriela Sabatini, and Rebecca de Alba. In 2008, Martin welcomed twin boys via gestational surrogacy with his then-partner and future husband, Jwan Yosef. The couple confirmed their relationship in 2016 and married in January 2018. Today, Martin has four children and shares his success with friends and family.

Career timeline

1984
He Joins Menudo

After three auditions, Martin becomes a member of the band Menudo.

1991
His Debut Studio Album

Martin releases “Ricky Martin” as his debut studio album.

1999
The Grammy Awards

He wins his first Grammy Award, in the ‘Best Latin Pop Performance’ category.

2007
The Hollywood Walk Of Fame

Martin receives a star on Hollywood’s famed walkway.

Why We Love Ricky Martin

  1. He’s talented

    Martin’s talents are at the top of the list of why we love him. His voice and music are simply surreal.

  2. He’s a philanthropist

    Martin has worked as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. He launched the Ricky Martin Foundation to fight human trafficking.

  3. He’s an activist

    Martin has campaigned for several causes, including the Black Lives Matter movement. He’s also an L.G.B.T.Q.2.S.+ rights activist.

5 Surprising Facts

  1. He came out

    Martin came out in 2010 but later revealed he likes both men and women.

  2. He couldn’t access his bank accounts

    Martin was a minor during his Menudo days.

  3. He is eloquent and smart

    When questioned about his sexuality during a chat show on U.S. T.V. in 2000, Martin subtly replied that one’s sexual inclination shouldn’t be a problem for anyone, and that it’s all about talent, not whom one goes to bed with.

  4. He created a song for FIFA

    The World Soccer Federation requested a song from Martin for the 1998 World Cup and he created ‘La Copa de la Vida.’

  5. The record label disliked ‘Maria’

    Martin’s record company is said to have detested the single ‘Maria’ when he first played it for them.

Ricky Martin FAQs

Whom does Ricky Martin share a birthday with?

His birthday is the same day as his daughter’s, Lucia’s.

How many languages does Ricky Martin speak?

He speaks two languages, English and Spanish.

How old are Ricky Martin’s twins?

Martin’s twin sons are 13 in 2022.

Ricky Martin’s birthday dates

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2023December 24Sunday
2024December 24Tuesday
2025December 24Wednesday
2026December 24Thursday
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