Ricky Martin, a Puerto Rican singer and actor, is one of the most popular Latin performers in the world. He has sold more than 70 million records worldwide and has won various awards for his music.

Early Life

Born on December 24, 1971, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Ricky Martin started his career at a young age by participating in advertisements for various products. At the age of nine, he joined a band called Menudo as a lead singer.

Rise to Fame

After leaving Menudo in the late 1980s, Ricky Martin started his solo career with Spanish-language albums. His international success came in 1998 after he released his fourth album "Vuelve" which included hit songs like "La Copa de la Vida" and "Livin' la Vida Loca."

Activism

Apart from his successful music career, Ricky Martin is known for his activism work. He founded The Ricky Martin Foundation which focuses on fighting against human trafficking and child exploitation.

Personal Life

In March 2010, Ricky Martin revealed publicly that he was gay through a note posted on his official website. He is also a proud father to twin boys born via surrogacy.

Legacy

Ricky Martin's exceptional vocal abilities and energy have earned him fans all over the globe. More than just an entertainer, he has become an advocate for minority populations while continuing to release chart-topping hits year after year.