Enrique Martín Morales (born December 24, 1971), better known by his stage name Ricky Martin, is a Puerto Rican pop singer who achieved prominence, first as a member of the Latin boy band Menudo, then as a solo artist after 1991.
During his career he has sold more than 60 million albums worldwide. He is the founder of Ricky Martín Foundation (in Spanish Fundación Ricky Martin) a nonprofit charity organization.
Martin has been nominated one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World by People magazine and its sister magazine People en Español in 2000 and 2006.
Ricky Martin rose to fame as a member of the Latin American boy band Menudo, after which he became a solo artist in 1990. He is considered a major star in the world of Latin pop and is considered to have opened the doors for some of his fellow Latin American singers.
While acting in Mexico, Martin was signed to Sony Discos, the company’s Latin imprint, in 1990. He released his first solo album, the Spanishlanguage Ricky Martin, in 1991, which included the single “Fuego Contra Fuego.” The hit release earned gold records in Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Puerto Rico, and the United States, and he performed a string of sold
out concert dates across South America.
The first and most prominent single was “Livin’ la Vida Loca,” which reached number one in many countries around the world, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, France, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Guatemala, Mexico, Russia, Turkey, and South Africa. He followed up with the hit “She’s All I Ever Had” which peaked at #2 on The Billboard Hot 100. This album became one of the top selling albums of 1999, and was certified 7 times platinum, selling over 22 million copies worldwide to date.
On March 29, 2010, Martin publicly acknowledged his homosexuality in a post on his official web site by stating, “I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am.” Martin said that “these years in silence and reflection made me stronger and reminded me that acceptance has to come from within and that this kind of truth gives me the power to conquer emotions I didn’t even know existed.”