Ricky Martin, the self-proclaimed ‘King Of Latin Pop,’ is a global superstar. Many may associate Martin with his 1999 smash hit, Livin’ La Vida Loca which made him a worldwide superstar, along with dozens of other successful songs over the years. Others may recall Martin’s younger days when he was member of the popular and seemingly never-ending boy band Menudo. And still others may simply know the Puerto Rican pop star by his dashing good looks and his frequent appearance on the covers of supermarket tabloids for over two decades.
Most Americans know who Ricky Martin is, but it’s doubtful many know of the alleged dark side of Ricky Martin that is beginning to come to light. And the details of what appears may be Martin’s sinister alter-ego are thoroughly disturbing.
According to People en Español Magazine:
“Shortly after denying allegations made against him in a domestic violence restraining order that was filed in Puerto Rico, Ricky Martin’s accuser has been revealed. After the complaint was made anonymously under Law 54, known as the Domestic Abuse Prevention and Intervention Act, Martin’s brother Eric Martin revealed the victim is the artist nephew’s Dennis Yadiel Sanchez, according to Marca.
Under the allegations made by his 21-year-old nephew, it is said that he ended a seven-month relationship with Martin and that the ‘Tu recuerdo’ singer did not take it well, consistently reaching out to him and loitering outside his home.”
To those scratching their heads, some clarifications. First, Ricky Martin is openly gay, having been ‘out of the closet’ since 2010. Second, the alleged “relationship” to which the People article refers is apparently a sexual one, and yes, they are detailing an allegation that Martin, who is 50 years old, had such a relationship with his nephew who is less than half his age.
Additionally, it turns out that incest is treated severely in Puerto Rico:
“Under Puerto Rican law, allegations of incest are taken very seriously. If proven guilty, the artist could be sentenced to up to 50 years in prison.”
Two weeks ago, Martin was hit with a restraining order, and he has vehemently denied the allegations. And while Mr. Martin has also been in the news for a $3 million lawsuit against him for allegedly failing to pay for his former manager’s services, that legal entanglement appears to be the least of Martin’s worries. We’ll have to see how things play out, but it seems clear that Ricky Martin is in the midst of a serious firestorm.
As consumers of Pop Culture, many of us tend to feel like we know a performer just because we see them on talk shows or enjoy listening to their music. We often forget that celebrities are ultimately just people, like everyone else. And while we sometimes have such illusions shattered when a scandal breaks, if these allegations against Ricky Martin are true, and if he did indeed engage in a sexual relationship with his own nephew who is 29 years younger than him, then this will be one of the most revolting scandals we’ve ever witnessed.
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For the sake of the nephew and of Martin himself, let’s hope that the situation is just some type of inexplicable misunderstanding and that all parties come out unscathed. If not, and if it turns out that these allegations are true, may Heaven help them all.
By Jordan Case
Jordan Case offers opinions from the unique perspective of both entrepreneur and parent and is a regular contributor to The Blue State Conservative. Jordan does not participate in the cesspool of social media.
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