Ricky Martin Dishes on His Upcoming Wedding, Crusade to End Human Trafficking and New Role as Gianni Versace’s Lover in ‘American Crime Story’

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Ricky Martin has been flying a little under the radar lately, but he’s having a major year. The megastar covers the latest issue of Ocean Drive magazine where he opened up about everything from life with his fiancé and kids to his role in the The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story which airs in early 2018 and his mission to stop children from being sold into sexual slavery. Here are some snippets.

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On his blissful home life:

"My life is very simple. My kids are homeschooled. I’m obsessed with our home and I don’t want to leave our house. It’s a very beautiful home, and we have an amazing life… They were born on the road, and this is our reality and we have the life of a circus family. We move from one place to another, and that’s how we roll.”

On his upcoming nuptials to fiancé Jwan Yosef:

"We want to do it right, hopefully next spring. We’ll do the three-day event as I call it. And we still don’t know where we will do it, Los Angeles, Puerto Rico or in Sweden, where my fiancé is from, or in Spain, where I am also from. We also have to deal with the fact that most of my fiancé’s family is from Syria. So maybe they won’t be able to come into this country. We don’t know yet, but it’s going to be a great event. And people will be talking about it. We’re a modern family, and I think people need to see, and I want to normalize the beauty of our family. That’s why I’m making it public and I am going to share my wedding with the world."

On the Ricky Martin Foundation:

"I began studying about human trafficking [about 10 years ago]. I didn’t even know that this crime had a name. So I went to Washington and I talked to Congress and I started my activism. It’s incredibly important to bring this subject to the table. This is modern-day slavery. There are more sex slaves than ever in the history of the world. Finally I was able to build a holistic center in Puerto Rico for youth that could become victims of exploitation. We are giving them the tools to not fall prey to child trafficking."

On filming Versace:

"To be able to work with Edgar Ramirez, Penelope Cruz and Darren Criss, I mean, are you kidding me? We’re treating this story with a lot of respect and really serious about it. I’m so happy with the results. It’s very dramatic and powerful, but you will also see a lot of love. The love between Antonio and Gianni was a very beautiful one."


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