musician Ricky Martin and artists Jawan Yosef In a joint statement, it was announced that they would be divorcing after six years of marriage.
“We have decided to end our marriage with love, respect and dignity for our children and in honor of what we have experienced as a couple over all these wonderful years,” they said in the statement. Posted on Instagram in Spanish and English,
The couple has two young children, lucia (born in 2018, sharing Martin’s Christmas Eve birthday in a sweet coincidence) and rain (born in 2019), in addition to Martin’s 14-year-old twin boys Mateo And Valentinowhom they welcomed through a surrogate and will continue to raise as a single parent.
The statement further added, “Our greatest desire now is to maintain a healthy family dynamic and continue a relationship centered on peace and friendship so that our children can continue to be raised together, with respect and love for each other.” “
Martin got his start in the Spanish-language boy band Menudo in the late 70s. He eventually embarked on a successful solo career and in English-language pop music, as well as acting on screen and stage, most notably in the Broadway revival of the musical Evita, Martin came out as gay In 2010, he posted a message on his website saying that he was “one lucky gay man.”
Martin told in 2012 Vanity Fair Regarding her decision to come out publicly, she said, “The process started with my need to be happy. and having self-acceptance and self-respect. Like saying out loud: ‘It’s me. It is part of my nature. , , , When I came out, many people came up to me and said, ‘Thank you. For the first time I was able to hug my son because he came out and said he was gay. I did it for myself, but it helps others too.”
Martin and Yosef announced their engagement in 2016 and married in 2018.