This weekend, I had the excruciatingly hard work task of visiting Cancun to interview Ricky Martin before his live concert at the Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort. I've interviewed many celebrities throughout my career as a journalist, and there's always something that surprises you about each and every one of them. For example, Kim Kardashian is known for her voluptuous figure, but in person, appears less curvacious and somewhat petite. In the case of Ricky, there were many things that surprised me from meeting him; Check out the 5 things I never knew about Ricky below and don't miss my tips for what to do if you ever get the chance to visit the Moon Palace in Cancun as well!
1. He's taller than you’d think. Just like Kim, the size of most celebs usually surprises me. They're either shorter, taller, thinner or built larger than they appear on TV. In Ricky's case, he was much taller than I thought, clocking in at 5'11".
2. He's releasing a song with JLo & Wisin. But that's not all on the music front - he has two albums coming out before 2014! “I’m releasing a song with Jennifer Lopez now and Wisin. Right before the World Cup, we’re doing a little TV special on it," he told me.
3. Ricky is a super humble, mellow guy. When we sat down with him, the hotel staff brought him some coffee and he wouldn't start the interview until each of us had confirmed we didn't want anything to drink ourselves. He later invited all the journalists to his rehearsal session on a whim because he wants you to experience his passion of music with him.
4. He’s gotten a lot of tattoos over the years. By rewatching his "Shake Your Bon Bon" video and looking at some old shirtless pics (What! It's research...), Ricky barely had any tattoos, but his upper arms and most of his chest are now covered in tats.
5. He struggles to keep balance just like the rest of us. You would think that after 28 years in the spotlight (Ricky started with Menudo in 1984-scary!), Ricky would know how to relax. After all, the perk of being a celeb of Ricky's stature is that you can choose when and when not to be working. But just like all of us, Ricky struggles with the balance in his life: "There was a moment in my life when I did not know how to turn if off, and I got into a lot of trouble," Ricky told me. "I’ve been doing this for a long time. Having people around me that told me what I needed to hear - even though it wasn’t what I wanted to hear - helped. And then, I just look back at the legends – you see Elvis, Jim Morrison, people that I respect and admire who have one common denominator: They didn’t know how to manage their emotions. They had to run away into artificial stuff to sustain the euphoria of the applause. I guess I was lucky enough to step out from it and say I need to get out of here!"
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