|Born:||December 24, 1971|
Enrique "Ricky" Martín Morales (born December 24, 1971), better known as Ricky Martin, is a Puerto Rican and Spanish pop singer, songwriter and actor who has sold more than 60 million albums worldwide. He appeared as a guest star on the Fox TV show Glee. He made his appearance in the twelfth episode of Season Three, The Spanish Teacher as David Martinez.
He is openly gay, and in a relationship with Carlos González Abella, an economist with whom he had twins in 2008. As a Spanish citizen he can now marry his boyfriend in Spain. Although he could also marry in some states of the United States, Martin wishes to marry in Spain to recognize the efforts of Spanish former Prime Minister Josè Luis Rodrìguez Zapatero in defense of LGBT rights.
Martin got his start at age twelve with the all-boy pop group Menudo, after five years with the group, he released his Spanish-language solo album, Ricky Martin, in 1991. He also acted on stage and on TV in Mexico, becoming a modest star there. In 1994 he starred on the American TV soap opera General Hospital, playing a Puerto Rican singer. In 1999, after several albums in Spanish, he released his first English-language album (also titled Ricky Martin), which included "Livin' la Vida Loca". The album sold 22 million copies and brought Martin international fame. Martin is the founder of Fundación Ricky Martin (Ricky Martin Foundation), a non-profit organization. Martin cites a variety of the Latin music genres as influences, including salsa, merengue, and bolero. Ricky Martin published an autobiography, Me, which was published on November 2, 2010, the book became The New York Bestseller List debuting at number five on the Hardcover Nonfiction list. A Spanish-language edition entitled Yo was published simultaneously. Ricky Martin was granted Spanish citizenship for his artistic merits and for his grandmother being Iberian born. Martin currently stars as Che in the Broadway revival of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Evita.
Ricky Martin received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007. In Puerto Rico August 31 is the International Ricky Martin Day.
- He is currently a judge on The Voice Australia replacing Keith Urban from season two