Puerto Rican singer, actor, and author
Enrique Martín Morales (December 24, 1971), better known as Ricky Martin, is a Puerto Rican singer, actor and author who is known as the "King of Latin Pop".
- I won’t stop singing in Spanish…It’s my mother tongue. [It’s] important to let people know more about Latin culture and exchange a little bit — it’s what I’ve been doing for seven years, since I released my first solo album.
- On continuing to sing in Spanish despite releasing English-language albums (as quoted in “Flashback: Ricky Martin Drives American Talk Show Hosts ‘Loca’ in 1999” in Rolling Stone (2017 May 27)
- Being Ricky Martin back then and what I was feeling were not compatible…I was the sex symbol and I needed to dance and I needed to make girls crazy and I couldn't say that I was gay. It was a struggle.
- On struggling with his homosexuality and public persona (as quoted in “Ricky Martin: 'I thought homosexuality was evil'” in The Guardian; 2011 May 6)
- …the most uncomfortable and saddest times of my life. I thought my emotions were evil because that’s what they told me. You’re not supposed to feel like this.
- On his internalized homophobia in “American Crime Story: How Ryan Murphy Transformed Ricky Martin’s Real-Life Pain into Stunning TV” in Vanity Fair (2018 Jan 18)
- Superman has got nothing on me because my kids gave me that perspective…They don’t know what they did for me. Maybe they’ll find out now and will read about it when they are big. They’ll understand what they did for me. If they gave up their piggy bank, then I have to give mine.
- On how his children provide him inspiration in “RICKY MARTIN ON HIS HUMANITARIAN WORK AND WHY HE FEELS BIGGER THAN SUPERMAN” in Hola Magazine (2017 Nov 8)