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To fans of Ricky Martin out there, we know you’ll be thrilled to hear that he’s the cover of Out Magazine‘s Family Issue this month of August. He talked about many things including his quarantine life with his four kids and his husband, his activism, and his music of course.
My favorite part of the interview however, is when he said that bit about liking big families.
He shared that his grandmother had 14 children and often he’d ask himself, “Do I want that?” Martin admits that he “would love to have many grandkids in the future and have every Sunday filled with family but, you know, we have to see what happens.”
But ultimately, such a decision is influenced with many things like “being responsible.” Martin quips, “There’s moments where I want 10 more, and then there are those mornings where everybody’s crying and I’m like, ‘OK, maybe we’re fine at six.'”
Martin revealed that he had always dreamt of being a father but at the same time he’d think he won’t be able to realize this dream because he is gay. “Many years I dreamt of being a father, and many, many, many times I went through this grieving process of I am gay, I am a closeted gay man, and I’m not going to be able to be a daddy.” He added, “Obviously adoption is an option and it’s very beautiful, but unfortunately for gay men it’s very difficult to adopt in some countries.”
In addition, Martin talked about how he suffered from anxiety attacks brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. He confessed that it was something he had never ever experienced before, not even when he was performing in front of thousands of people.
Martin said he faced his anxiety by channeling it into something creative, and the result? His first extended play (EP) called Pausa which he released early this summer.
Pausa (which is the Spanish for ‘Pause’) contains six songs, five of which are collaborations with Carla Morrison, Sting, Bad Bunny, Residente, Neha Mahajan, and Pedro Capó. He has another EP coming this fall titled Play though no specific release date was mentioned yet.
We listened to Pausa and our favorites are Quiéreme (with Diego El Cigala) and Simple (with Sting).
Lastly, Martin talked about his activism and his fight for social justice in the interview quite extensively– how he’s involved in war against HIV and human trafficking as well as how he uses his platform to raise LGBTQ issues and to speak about Black Lives Matter Movement. Martin’s also a children’s rights advocate, he’s helped Puerto Rico recover from the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria and currently, from the devastating impact of the COVID-19 crisis among many others.
As to why he’s doing what he does, Martin explained, “If I don’t do something, I’m allowing it to happen.” Read Out Magazine’s interview with Ricky Martin in full here.
Sadly the only difference between the current lockdown and house arrest, is that I’m not wearing an ankle bracelet.
Are we still doing the ‘quarantine’ thing? Jeez. How about just calling it totalitarian state? At least be real about it. Of course we peons that actually have had to work without a break are getting sick of so-called celebs and their g**damned quarantine griping. And lose the crown Ricky.. you’re not on queen for a day
wow you’re angry man!
What he displayed is not necessarily anger but blatant reality.
He makes a valid point and when you acknowledge it, RM has no validity anymore and so he tries to prosper by tapping into current affairs.
I understand the logic…as long as he understands it…that at-the-end-of-the-day, he remains pertinent between his own ears.
I lived in Ponce, P.R. for three years and I understand his psychology. He sees his life…accordingly…as long as no one else challenges it.
but can’t we just let people live? I dont understand…..
Cynical, however, there’s always at least a kernel of truth about cynicism; in this case, “looking beneath the surface.” It’s true, he’s really not that relevant now, nothing against the man.
Nonetheless, he’s still an #ICON!
Very sexy hot guy and that amazing music nice
He’s an over-aged twink that has a piss fetish. He hasn’t done anything relevant musically for years; Vida Loca was how long ago? So now he jumps on to whatever he can to get attention for his thirsty self. He might have been a hot slut with a tight butt in his Menudo days, but by now, his as is more like Fists of Fury.
Sorry, older air heads are not sexy, just pathetic
Ricky Martin is very passionate when he throws his energy into a project and I empathize that he too has experienced anxiety by the virus and how it has and will continue to affect our lives and families..but he can deal with it a lot more comfortably than most of us who are now jobless…facing eviction.. or waiting on handouts by the government..so just stay pretty so we can look at you and get back to pop music which is really what made you interesting not these deep dramatic songs