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Drought in Puerto Rico from 2000–Present

The U. S. Drought Monitor started in 2000. Since 2000, the longest duration of drought (D1–D4) in Puerto Rico lasted 91 weeks beginning on December 22, 2020, and ending on September 13, 2022. The most intense period of drought occurred the week of August 11, 2015, where D3 affected 24.92% of Puerto Rico land.

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The U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) is a national map released every Thursday, showing parts of the U.S. that are in drought. The USDM relies on drought experts to synthesize the best available data and work with local observers to interpret the information. The USDM also incorporates ground truthing and information about how drought is affecting people, via a network of more than 450 observers across the country, including state climatologists, National Weather Service staff, Extension agents, and hydrologists. Learn more.

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20 Spanish Speaking Countries (Plus Puerto Rico) Map & Facts

How many countries have Spanish as their official language? There are 20 Spanish speaking countries in the world. Puerto Rico, which is actually an unincorporated territory of the United States, also has Spanish as an official language.

There are 18 countries in America, one in Africa, and one in Europe having Spanish as their official language.

Map of Spanish Countries

Map showing the 20 countries (plus Puerto Rico), having Spanish as their official language.

Spanish Countries

Below is a list of the “Spanish countries” in the world. These are countries, which have Spanish as their official language (in order of Spanish-speaking population):

1. México

Native Spanish speakers: 124.85 million

With a population of more than 130 million, Mexican Spanish is considered the de facto official language.

Located in North America with the U.S. to the north and bordering Guatemala and Belize to the south, Mexico emerged as one of the Spanish-speaking countries after the Conquistadors from Spain integrated the language during the 16th Century.

Today, the country enjoys 124.85 million native speakers, and its influence extends into the Southwestern U.S. region. Although drug cartels continue to prove problematic for law enforcement, Mexico ranks 15th on the peaceful countries index.

2. Colombia

Native Spanish speakers: 50.64 million

With a population of more than 50 million people, Colombia is one of many Spanish speaking countries in South America.

A variety of Spanish dialects are employed, totaling 50.64 million native speakers.

Other official languages include English, Portuguese, and more than 70 regional and indigenous ones that include Chibchan, Tucanoan, Bora–Witoto, Guajiboan, Arawakan, Cariban, Barbacoan, and Saliban, among others. Colombia is located in northern South America with coastlines along the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Its abutting Spanish speaking countries include Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Guyana, and Panama. The country’s crime rate has steadily declined since 2002 to a near 30-year fall below that of nearby Mexico and Venezuela.

3. Argentina

Native Spanish speakers: 44.94 million

Located on the Atlantic Ocean coast of South America, Argentina borders Chile to its west, as well as Paraguay, Bolivia, and Uruguay to the north. With a population of more than  45 million, people speak a variety of dialects. 44.94 million are native Spanish speakers in Argentina.

The Rioplatense Castilian form of Spanish is largely spoken around the greater Río de la Plata Basin of Argentina and Uruguay, as well as cities such as Buenos Aires, Rosario, Santa Fe, La Plata, Mar del Plata, and Bahía Blanca.

Rioplatense is also widely used in Spanish speaking countries such as Bolivia and Paraguay. Argentina enjoys a ranking of the third most peaceful country in South America and 68th in the world.

4. Spain

Native Spanish speakers: 43.64 million

Of Spain’s population of more than 47 million people, 43.64 million are considered native Spaniards.

The type of Spanish spoken in this European nation is commonly referred to as “Peninsular Spanish,” “Spanish of Spain,” “European Spanish” or “Iberian Spanish.

Although Spanish remains the official language, wide-reaching dialects are employed that differ considerably from those spoken in Mexico, the U.S., South America, and the Canary Islands, among others. These seemingly small differences include Andalusian Spanish, Castilian Spanish, Castrapo, Castúo, Catalan Spanish, and Murcian Spanish.

In Spain, the term Castilian Spanish is also used to describe formal varieties of the language.

Bordering France, Portugal, and the Atlantic Ocean, Spain ranks as the 36th on the peace index and tourists come from around the world to attend the Running of the Bulls highlighted in the Ernest Hemingway novel, “The Sun Also Rises.”  

5. Venezuela

Native Spanish speakers: 32.1 million

Located on the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea off South America, Venezuela possesses a population of upwards of 29 million people. Immersed in a region of Spanish speaking countries such as neighboring Ecuador, Venezuelan Spanish was introduced by Colonists primarily from Galicia, Basque Country, Andalusia, and the Canary Islands, among others.

Italian and Portuguese immigrants influenced the countries brand of Spanish during the 19th and 20th centuries.

More than 32 million people speak Venezuelan Spanish, although wide-reaching words have been adopted from indigenous languages. The crime rate in Venezuela ranks among the worst among the region’s Spanish speaking countries such as Mexico, Brazil, and Guyana, among others. Only Jamaica ranked higher in recent years.

6. Perú

Native Spanish speakers: 28.71 million

Positioned in South America among Spanish-speaking countries such as Bolivia, Chile, and Ecuador, Peruvian Ribereño Spanish (Peruvian Coastal Spanish) ranks as the official form of the language.

Unlike some other “Spanish countries”, Peru also recognizes Quechua, Aymara, and other Indigenous languages as “co-official.”

It’s also not uncommon for people to speak English, French, Portuguese, and Plautdietsch, within the population of more than 32 million.

Inland dialects are typically influenced by indigenous Andean languages that predate the Spanish Empire establishing Lima as its primary city in South America.

Peru enjoys a crime rate rated lower than Mexico, Costa Rica, and Grenada. Tourists are drawn to its sweeping landscapes.

7. Chile

Native Spanish speakers: 18.87 million

With a population of more than 18 million, Spanish is considered the de facto official language of Chile. Located on the Pacific Ocean coast of South America, Chile neighbors Spanish speaking countries that include Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina.

Chilean Spanish dialects possess unique words, and its 18.87 million native speakers often possess unique regional accents. Perhaps the most notable is the Chilean Spanish dialect spoken on Easter Island, where residents speak with an accent influenced by the Rapa Nui language.

Chile ranks as the 38th most peaceful country and enjoys a high quality of life among Latin American nations.   

8. Ecuador

Native Spanish speakers: 15.48 million

Located on the Pacific Ocean coast of South America, Ecuador borders Spanish speaking countries such as Colombia and Peru. Among the more than 17 million residents, three dialects are largely spoken — Equatorial Pacific Spanish, Andean Spanish, and Amazonic Spanish. Differences between dialects often run along socio-economic and regional lines.

In the Andes, a unique variant is generally spoken often mistaken for the Chilango Spanish spoken in Mexico City. The Andes highland dialects evolved from wide-reaching languages and Spanish variations. Considered an affordable and family-friendly place to live, Ecuador’s crime rate has significantly declined over the last 10 years.

9. Guatemala

Native Spanish speakers: 13.4 million   

With coastlines on the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, Guatemala enjoys a population of more than 17 million.

Located between Spanish speaking countries that include Mexico and Honduras on the Central American peninsula, nearly 14 million residents speak a national Spanish language variant.

In Spanish speaking countries such as Guatemala and El Salvador, indefinite articles are routinely placed ahead of a possessive pronoun that results in literal English translations such as “a my cup of coffee.” This facet is considered an Old Spanish construction still prevalent in Judaeo-Spanish dialects.

Guatemala has the largest economy in Central America, with a GDP that exceeds $77 billion, a moderate safety rating, and a relatively low cost of living.

11. Cuba

Native Spanish speakers: 11.29 million

The communist island nation in the Caribbean Sea has a population of more than 11 million, with natives speaking an official Cuban variation of Spanish. The Cuban dialect on the eastern side of the island has similarities with the language in other Caribbean countries, such as the Dominican Republic.

It’s essential to understand that Cuba is comprised of the main island as well as Isla de la Juventud and several minor archipelagos.

Ranked as the second-most densely populated island in the region after Haiti, Cubans enjoy a relatively good health index, high levels of safety, and community members are well-known for showing respect to others.

11. Dominican Republic

Native Spanish speakers: 10.28 million

With a population of more than 10 million people, the Dominican Republic is located in the Caribbean Sea between Puerto Rico to the East and it borders Haiti.

Among the Antilles group of archipelagos, Dominican Republic possesses the second-highest population and Spanish remains the official language.

The island nation’s Spanish dialect has become associated with the Dominican Diaspora that spread to areas of the U.S. including New York City, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Florida, and New Jersey, among others. Recognized by a signature accent, many former Dominicans have migrated to Puerto Rico.

Considered a favorite vacation destination, the Dominican Republic is considered family-friendly and a good place for outdoor adventure.

12. Bolivia

Native Spanish speakers: 9.79 million

This landlocked South American nation of more than 11 million people borders Chile, Paraguay, Peru, and Argentina. The vast majority of people speak Spanish (Castilian) as their native or second language.

Other official languages include Quechua, Aymara, Guarani, as well as more than 30 indigenous ones. Brazilian Portuguese, English, and the German Plautdietsch dialect are also recognized as a secondary language.

Regional Spanish dialects include Chapaco, Valluno, and Tuteo, which have similarities with those in Spanish speaking countries such as Argentina, Chile, Peru, and Paraguay. Bolivia enjoys a low cost of living index and crime has significantly declined during the last decade.

13. Honduras

Native Spanish speakers: 9.33 million

With a population nearing 10 million, the majority of residents speak Honduran Spanish. Located in Central America with coastline on the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, it borders Spanish speaking countries that include Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua.

The official language notably uses “voseo,” or the second-person singular pronoun. This grammatical identifier is commonly employed in Spanish speaking countries in the region, but not as frequently as in Spain.

The extensive use of voseo is also common in Rioplatense Spanish found in Argentina, among others. Visitors often discover that slang words in Honduras tend to mirror abutting El Salvador.

Honduras once topped lists of risky places to visit. However, the country has made remarkable strides recently, rising in the global peacefulness indexes.  

14. El Salvador

Native Spanish speakers: 6.5 million

Formally called the Republic of El Salvador, the dialect known as Salvadoran Spanish remains the country’s official language. With a population that exceeds 6.8 million people, the Central American nation enjoys a Pacific Ocean coastline.

It borders others on the Spanish speaking countries map, such as Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Although the area was controlled by people such as the Cuzcatlecs and Mayans, the Spanish Empire transformed the language after conquering the region during the 16th Century.

Salvadoran Spanish is spoken by nearly all residents with small pockets of indigenous people also using native languages such as Nawat and Poqomam, as well as Q’eqchi’ by some immigrants.

Crime rates have declined lately, and quality of life appears on the rise. However, El Salvador lags behind some Spanish speaking countries in the region.

15. Nicaragua

Native Spanish speakers: 6.51 million

With coastlines on the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, the Republic of Nicaragua borders Spanish speaking countries that include Honduras and Costa Rica. The diversity of its recognized languages make it an ideal tropical destination, and they include English, Miskito, Rama, Sumo, Miskito Coast Creole, Garifuna, and Rama Cay Creole.

A national form of Spanish called Nicañol is the country’s official language. Like other Spanish speaking countries in the region, Nicañol emphasizes the second person singular pronoun, vos.

Known for its sweeping volcanoes, lakes, and landscapes, Nicaragua can be very safe for tourists. It also provides a low cost of living for expatriates.

16. Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica – Girl walking at beautiful tropical beach

Native Spanish speakers: 5.13 million

The Republic of Costa Rica ranks among the top tourism nations with coastlines on the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. The name literally translates from Spanish to English as “Rich Coast.” The Central American nation is situated between a pair of Spanish speaking countries — Panama and Nicaragua.

The government recognizes languages that include Mekatelyu, Bribri, Patois, while English, German, Italian, and Plautdietsch are also spoken. Costa Rican Spanish emphasizes the use of the second person and remains the official language.

One distinguishing factor of Costa Rican Spanish is the double-R accent adopted by its more than 5 million residents.

Costa Rica remains a preferred worldwide travel destination and ranks among the top 10 places for expatriates.

17. Paraguay

Native Spanish speakers: 5.01 million

Officially known as the Republic of Paraguay, the landlocked South American country speaks a national dialect called Paraguayan Spanish. With a population of more than 7 million people, Paraguay borders Spanish-speaking countries such as Bolivia, and Brazil to a lesser degree. The Paraguayan form possesses grammatical markers that align it with common dialects spoken in northern Spain.

Along with Paraguayan Spanish, Guarani is recognized as the co-official language and used by approximately half of the population. Paraguay is considered a safe, family-friendly place, with a low crime rate that continues to decline. It’s also recognized for warm and welcoming hospitality. 

18. Panama

Native Spanish speakers: 4.03 million

The Republic of Panama enjoys coastlines along the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea and possesses the famous Panama Canal, linking the bodies of water. With Spanish speaking countries such as Costa Rica and Colombia to the north and south, respectively, Panama’s population of 4.3 million recognizes Spanish as its official language. Panamanian Spanish closely resembles dialects spoken across the Caribbean Islands and abutting nations.

People in the region adopted the language after Spanish rule was imposed during the early 1500s. Although Spanish remains the official language, indigenous people and immigrants add 14 others to the mix.

Panama offers a low cost of living, and ranks among the top 50 most peaceful countries. Its tropical landscapes and beaches attract numerous tourists.

19. Uruguay

Native Spanish speakers: 3.43 million

Located on South America’s Atlantic Ocean coast, Uruguay may be the continent’s most underrated of its Spanish speaking countries. Of its population of 3.5 million, upwards of 2 million live in metropolitan areas. Montevideo, its largest city and capital, is positioned across the Rio de la Plata from the famed Buenos Aires. The remainder of the people reside largely in quiet rural and agricultural areas.

Consistently rated among the top nations for human rights, Uruguayan Spanish is its official language. The dialect and accent have been steadily influenced by growing Italian communities. Uruguay ranks among the safest Spanish speaking countries for tourists in South America.

20. Equatorial Guinea

Native Spanish speakers: 0.91 million

Located on the Atlantic Ocean coastline of Africa, the population of nearly 1.2 million was formerly known as a colony of Spanish Guinea. It is situated between Cameroon, the Republic of Congo, and Equatoguinean Spanish is spoken by upwards of 90 percent of the people as a first or second language. The Republic of Equatorial Guinea is the only Spanish speaking country on the continent.

The country has a history of falling under the rule of European nations such as Portugal, Britain, and Spain. Although petty crimes appear high, the African nation is considered relatively safe for tourists and the cost of living is lower than in the U. S.


Puerto Rico (Territory of the United States)

Native Spanish speakers: 3.16 million

What Makes Spanish Spoken in Puerto Rico Unique?

The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory located in the Greater Antilles between the Dominican Republic and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Unlike many other Spanish speaking countries, the island nation recognizes English as a co-official language, although less than 10 percent of its nearly 3.3 million people speak English fluently.

Puerto Rico was annexed from Spain to the U.S. as part of a treaty to end the Spanish-American War in 1899. Puerto Rican Spanish is a variant with roots in Canarian and Andalusian Spanish.

Countries with a Significant Spanish-speaking Population

Spanish is the fourth most spoken language in the world (after English, Mandarin Chinese, and Hindi).

How many Spanish speakers are there in the world?

543 million people in the world speak Spanish. Particularly in countries such as Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Spain, and even the US, the number of native Spanish-speakers is remarkable.

Population of Native Spanish Speakers

As for native speakers, Spanish is the second-largest language (460 million native speakers) after Mandarin Chinese (918 million native speakers).

These are the top 10 countries with the most native Spanish speakers (2021 data, in millions):

  1. Mexico: 124.85
  2. Colombia: 50.64
  3. Argentina: 44.94
  4. Spain: 43.64
  5. United States: 41.76
  6. Venezuela: 32.1
  7. Peru: 28.71
  8. Chile: 18.87
  9. Ecuador: 15.48
  10. Guatemala: 13.4

Although not necessarily an official language, the following countries routinely provide services and educational information in Spanish.

  • Andorra: Approximately 43 percent of this landlocked European country’s population of 77,000 speak Spanish.
  • Belize: Located on the Caribbean Sea in Central America, more than half of its 419,000 residents speak Spanish. However, English remains the official language.
  • Gibraltar: Although this country is considered a British territory, it is located on Spain’s southern coast. Nearly 82 percent of the territory speaks Spanish.
  • United States: Nearly 20 percent of people in the United States speak Spanish as a first or second language. Although not federally recognized, English remains the de facto native language.
  • Philippines: Spanish was recognized as the official language from 1565 through 1987 when it was downgraded to optional. Although reintroduced as an official language in 2012, less than 5 percent of the population speak it proficiently.
  • Western Sahara: Considered a second language in the former Spanish colony, Arabic remains the most prevalent.

Spanish is also the third most popular language on the Internet, with an 7. 9% share (after English and Chinese).


Spanish Language FAQs

What is the Creole Language?

Creole languages are typically rooted in Spanish and/or Portuguese. The Papiamento form of Creole is recognized as an official language in Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Caribbean Netherlands, and the Philippines.

What is Judeo-Spanish?

Tracing its history to Medieval Spanish, it is still spoken by some Sephardi Jews, primarily in Israel. Also known as Ladino, its vocabulary has roots in Old Romance languages of the Iberian Peninsula, as well as Hebrew, Aramaic, and Arabic.

Ricky Martin — biography, photo, personal life, orientation, husband and children, height and weight, listen songs online

Ricky Martin is a pop singer from Puerto Rico, one of the main popularizers of Latin American music on a global level. His hits «Livin’ La Vida Loca» («Live a Crazy Life») and «La Copa de la Vida» («The Cup of Life») are still heard from the dance floors after many years.

Ricky Martin — Latin pop star

Fans are attracted not only by his work: he is a man open to all philosophical currents, a homosexual, a vegetarian, a philanthropist, actively opposes discrimination and racial prejudice, and his charitable foundation fights the slave trade around the world.

Childhood and early career

Ricky Martin is often referred to as Ricky, but this is incorrect. His stage name is short for his full name «Enrique».

Ricky Martin as a child

Ricky was born into the family of psychologist Enrique Martin Negroni and accountant Neireda Morales. The parents of the future celebrity divorced as soon as the son was two years old. Both father and mother met a new love — this is how Ricky had a large family: two half-brothers, Daniel and Eric, as well as three half-brothers — brothers Fernando and Angel and sister Vanessa.

Young Ricky Martin with mom

The boy was brought up in a deeply religious way. As a child, Ricky was a minister at the local priest, and also attended Sunday school. Despite the strict upbringing inherent in Catholics, the boy was not limited in self-expression: his parents encouraged the vocal talent of his son, who almost from the cradle danced from a mirror with a comb instead of a microphone, and when the boy turned 9, his father took him to an advertising casting. For the next couple of years, young Enrique’s face regularly appeared in commercials for toothpaste, lemonade, and hamburgers.

Ricky Martin’s father spends time with his son and grandchildren

The musically gifted teenager was cast several times in the Menudo boy band to replace Ricky Melendez, who left the group. He was rejected twice because of his short stature. But the boy was persistent, and for the third time, the producers, seeing the fire in Ricky’s eyes, nevertheless made him part of the team. Ricky, then just Enrique, had been performing with the group since he was 19.84 to 1989. With his participation, 11 albums were recorded: Evolución, Menudo, Explosion, Ayer Y Hoy, A Festa Vai Começar, Viva! Bravo!, Refrescante, etc. In July 1989, 17-year-old Ricky Martin left the group, embarking on a free voyage.

Ricky Martin started his career at Menudo

This decision was not easy for him. He owed a lot to Menudo — with them he recorded 11 albums and, it seemed, learned everything you need to know about show business. But the strict framework of the contract, the constant supervision of managers, the total absence of a real one — all this pushed Ricky to the end of cooperation. After breaking his contract with Menudo, he returned to Puerto Rico, where he graduated from high school and celebrated his 18th birthday. Having become an adult, he received the right to open his own bank account, after which he moved to New York, towards new opportunities.

In 1989 Ricky Martin left Menudo

Solo career

After school, the young artist intended to become a student at the New York School of Art. But life made its own adjustments — even before the start of classes, Ricky was invited to the Mexican musical Mama Ama el Rock («Mommy Loves Rock»). On stage, he was noticed by a Mexican television producer and approved for a role in the soap series Reach for the Star.

Ricky Martin in «Evening Urgant»

At 1990 Ricky Martin signed a contract with Sony Discos, and the first album, which was called simply — «Ricky Martin», was not long in coming. Unfortunately, the young singer did not carefully read the terms of the contract, according to which Ricky received only one cent from each album sold.

Ricky Martin wore long hair when he was young

Ricky Martin’s debut album with a charming long-haired young man on the cover was sold in 500,000 copies. The singer received only $5,000, but the more than modest reward did not dampen his enthusiasm. The album’s first single «Fuego Contra Fuego» was certified gold in Argentina, Puerto Rico and Mexico. And when Ricky went on tour in South America, he was greeted with a standing ovation everywhere. “I felt at home,” the singer later described his first solo tour.

Ricky Martin’s reaction to his childhood photo

In 1993, Ricky Martin introduced the world to another album, «Me Amaras» («You will love me»), which was received quite warmly, but did not make a breakthrough. He also starred in two seasons of the sitcom Getting By and landed a role as a singer-bartender on the soap opera General Hospital, later recognized as one of the longest-running series in television history. In the same years, Ricky Martin slept with a man for the first time, but hid his orientation for the next 15 years.

Breakthrough

In 1995, the English-speaking world’s understanding of Latin American music changed radically, thanks to Ricky Martin’s new album A Medio Vivir (In the Middle of Life). Almost half of the three million copies sold were purchased in Europe, where the album’s title song, «Maria», was especially passionately loved. This composition became Ricky Martin’s first international hit. In France alone, 1.4 million copies of the single were purchased.

Ricky Martin — Maria

Following the phenomenal success in the musical field, Ricky Martin was recognized as an actor. He took part in the Broadway production of Les Misérables immediately after publicly saying that he would like to play on Broadway. He was entrusted to play Marius — the main character of the production.

Ricky Martin in Les Misérables

After 11 weeks of showing the performance, Ricky sat down in the studio and recorded his fourth album, Vuelve (Come Back). 8 million copies of the record have been sold worldwide. But the artist considered the main achievement of those years not a new album, and not a role in a Broadway musical, but a performance at the Mundial in France at 1998, for which Ricky specially wrote the song «La Copa de la Vida» («Cup of Life»), which became the unofficial anthem of the championship.

Ricky Martin — Cup of Life (1998 World Cup)

Prime of a career

After performing at the 1998 World Cup, Ricky decided that it was time to sing in English, so in 1999 his first album «Ricky Martin» was re-released in English with the addition of new hits. The record, which was purchased by 22 million listeners from all over the world, also included duets with Madonna and Meya, the hit «Private Emotion», recorded together with the star of the Turkish scene Sertab Erener, and, of course, the composition «Livin’ La Vida Loca», which became a visiting Ricky Martin’s card for years to come. It is generally accepted that this song caused an international boom in Latin American music and opened the way to the world stage for Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias, Shakira and Talia.

Ricky Martin — Livin’ La Vida Loca

The second English-language album arrived in time by the end of 2000. «Sound Loaded» debuted at number three in the US, but never reached number one. The singles from the album are «She Bangs», «Nobody Wants To Be Lonely» (a duet with Christina Aguilera) and «Loaded».

Ricky Martin doesn’t eat meat and does yoga

In early 2001, the artist released a collection of songs in Spanish «La Historia», which conquered the Latin American charts, and a little later a collection of English-language compositions appeared — «The Best Of Ricky Martin», which consisted entirely of remixes of Ricky Martin’s best hits.

In 2003, the singer released another album in Spanish called «Almas Del Silencio» («The Power of Silence»). Ricky himself said that he really wanted to return with this album back to his former self, full of emotions and adrenaline.

Ricky Martin. Concert in Moscow. 2016

Two years later, another English-language album with a concise and thoughtful title «Life» saw the light of day. Here, according to the artist, he finally connected with his emotions. “This record is as multifaceted as our life. It’s about the anger we feel. About the joy we experience. There is uncertainty and love, all the emotions that people have.”

Favorite of women and men

But for some reason, the record received a rather cold reception — only 700,000 copies were sold worldwide. Perhaps the fashion for Latin American music has passed, or, on the contrary, new, brighter stars have lit up in the Spanish-speaking sky. One way or another, Ricky Martin moved away from recording new songs for a long time, devoting himself to other areas of activity.

Ricky Martin’s concerts are full of drive and shocking

In the fall of 2006, the reality show The Ricky Martin Diaries was released. It showed behind-the-scenes footage, interviews and live performances.

Ricky Martin’s next album came out six years later. The record «Musica + Alma + Sexo» («Music + soul + sex») was recorded on the way from Miami to Golden Beach, Florida. Over the years of inactivity, Ricky has accumulated more than 60 songs in his collection of unreleased songs, which had to be carefully filtered to please fans who have long despaired of hearing something new from their idol with the highest quality material.

Another single of the musician “Vente Pa’ Ca” (“Come Here”) was released back in 2016. The video for it in less than two months scored 150 million views.

Ricky Martin – Vente Pa’ Ca (2016)

Ricky Martin’s personal life

Ricky Martin was named to the list of the most beautiful people in the world by People magazine twice — in 2000 and 2006.

Ricky Martin in People: Young and Now

Since the early 1990s, Ricky Martin has maintained for the public the appearance of an affair with Mexican TV presenter Rebecca de Alba. Their romance flared up, then faded again. The girl was sincerely in love with Ricky — even five years after the final break, which occurred in 2005, she claimed through tears that an affair with him was the best thing in her life.

Ricky Martin and Rebecca de Alba have been dating since they were 18

In 1999, the singer’s personal life became the subject of numerous rumors after Ricky Martin refused to comment on his sexual orientation in an interview with the British edition of The Mirror. “I’m not going to comment on whether I’m gay or not. It doesn’t concern you who I’m in bed with: with a woman, a cow, or even with a broom.”

Ricky and Rebecca still talk like good friends

In 2008, Ricky Martin became the proud father of two sons, Matteo and Valentino, who were carried to him by a surrogate mother.

Ricky Martin’s children are simply adorable

Twins from an early age were distinguished by a diametrically opposite character. Valentino, said Ricky, is a born contemplative, he loves peace, nature and all living things. Matteo is a true leader who subjugates those around him. He likes to command his brother and tell him what is worth doing and what is not.

Valentino (left) and Matteo (right) have different personalities

Only in 2010, Ricky Martin revealed all the cards and admitted to being homosexual. “I am happy to tell you that I am gay and very happy to be who I am,” he wrote on his official website. A little later, he expressed a desire to marry his boyfriend Carlos Gonzalez Abell. His chosen one was a stock broker; Ricky found his business suit and tie very sexy. In 2014, the couple announced a breakup.

Ricky Martin and his boyfriend (2016)

In 2016, Ricky Martin began dating Syrian Jwan Yosef, an artist. At first, the singer fell in love with the artist’s works and began to collect them, and then he met the author himself and … already in November of the same year, the singer proposed to his beloved.

Ricky Martin and Jwan Yosef

Ricky asked for the hand and heart of Jwan, getting down on one knee and uttering the cherished words: “Will you marry me”? Beloved answered him with consent. The wedding took place on January 11, 2018. In the same year, the lovers had a daughter, Lucia Martin-Yosef, from a surrogate mother.

Charity and political opinions

In 2002, the artist traveled to India, where he discovered the shocking truth about the slave trade. There he personally saved three girls from the fate of being sold into slavery, and upon his return to the States founded the Ricky Martin Foundation. The leitmotif of the organization’s activities was the coverage of the problem of human trafficking at the international level, as well as assistance to the victims of slave traders.

Ricky Martin helps children from socially dangerous regions

In 2001, Ricky Martin was invited to the inauguration of George W. Bush, as at first the musician sympathized with the Republican. During the performance, the singer invited the newly-made president to dance together — these shots went down in history. In his song «Asignatura Pendiente» («Unfinished Business»), there is a line: «I have a photo with Bush. » The photo was mentioned as an attribute of luxury along with an army of servants and a luxury hotel room. However, later Martin’s attitude towards Bush changed — since then at concerts on this line he showed the middle finger, and this gesture invariably caused a standing ovation in the hall.

Ricky Martin danced with George Bush

In 2010, Ricky Martin criticized a discriminatory law allowing police to require documents from people if they look like immigrants. Subsequently, the musician supported the re-election of Barack Obama for a second presidential term, and also warmly welcomed the legalization of same-sex marriages. In the 2016 presidential election, he vehemently supported Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Ricky Martin supported Hillary Clinton

Ricky Martin is now

In 2019, a joyful event happened in the life of Ricky Martin — he had another son. He showed his face to fans only in April 2020. The actor also noted that he does not plan to stop there (now the singer has four children), dreaming of raising four pairs of twins.

Ricky Martin with sons

Due to the fact that Ricky Martin is too passionate about family and household chores, he began to devote less time to creativity. However, in 2020, he still appeared in the New Year’s musical Mr. Jungle and the Christmas Journey.

«Mr. Jungle and the Christmas Journey» trailer

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