12 years! Yes, Ricky Martin He was only 12 years old and had just finished elementary school in 1984 when he joined the Menudo group, already formed.
That was how he met the stages, the fans and the cameras of the photojournalists who did not stop firing their flashes to portray the most successful musical band of that moment.
Ricky Martin: a star at a young age
Talent, charisma, ease on stage. All this had Ricky Martin when I was just a 12-year-old boy. Undoubtedly, his environment knew immediately of his great potential. The same that led him to be today one of the best known Latin artists in the world for his art.
With several decades on the crest of the wave, Ricky Martin has thousands of fans around the world and his music always exceeds expectations with every release.
It seems incredible that that little Puerto Rican boy with a rebellious jopo who was part of Menudo has become a pop star at his splendid 49 years.
He is also the happy husband of Jwan Yosef, a 49-year-old artist who lives in Los Angeles with the great family they formed together: Valentino Martin (12), Matteo Martin, Renn Martin Yosef (2) and Lucía Martin Yosef (2).
Ricky Martin: his beginnings
Ricky Martin began singing at a young age in the choir of his neighborhood church. He also did it in school plays. The qualities that his voice had were evident added to his great histrionics and charisma. This led him to soon star in a advertising of the Carnation baby milk brand.
But, of course, it was not until Enrique Martin Morales – better known today as Ricky Martin – entered Menudo that the real magic occurred.
The producers of the musical band saw in him a unique angel that characterizes only the stars and promoted his outlet to the great world public, among other things, giving him the stage name of Ricky Martin.
Ricky joined the Menudo group to replace Ricky Meléndez who retired from the band. In total, there were five years in which Ricky Martin belonged to the youth group, growing as an artist and maturing at the same time, since all his adolescence was linked to the rhythm of life imposed on him by the resounding success of Menudo throughout Latin America.
The group was created in 1977 by a producer of Puerto Rican origin who was incorporating different child stars to the band.
In the 80s it was a true boom with more than 20 million records sold and tours in different countries of Latin America.
So much so that Amazon Prime released a series with the name “Get on my bike” (one of the band’s hits) that compiles the history of the famous musical group. Ricky Martin was also a soap opera actor in the Argentine strip “Por Siempre Amigos”, in which he participated together with Menudo’s companions of that time.
But that is not all. Ricky made lasting friends in Menudo, like Robi Draco Rosa, a member of the band who wrote songs for him like “María” or “Livin la vida loca”. It is said that it was Ricky Martin himself who summoned the former Menudo member to save him from deep depression and addiction problems.
As for the accusations that emerged later between some members of Menudo, such as Roy Roselló who accused the manager of child exploitation and even sexual abuse, Ricky Martin defended Edgardo Díaz at the time.
He expressed that the creator of the band had not behaved badly with him and that the long hours of work were due to the overflow that caused the success obtained. The truth is At 17 he said goodbye to the public as part of Menudo and at 19 he began his solo career. He had already traveled throughout Latin America, the East and Europe.
Undoubtedly, Ricky Martin’s is a success story with an early start, which today shines in all its splendor.