Ricky Martin admits he was terrified to propose to husband Jwan Yosef
Ricky Martin officially married his partner Jwan Yosef last week.
The wedding was kept totally secret from the public, only being revealed when a reporter asked Martin on the red carpet for The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.
The Puerto Rican singer revealed the couple had tied the knot in a secret, private ceremony.
Despite being one of the best known pop stars in the world, Martin admitted to being terrified when the proposal came around.
Talking about when the couple first met, he said: “I saw his art and I went crazy because I really love what he does. Really original.
“Then, I contacted him. I had no idea what he looked like. Then I saw him, and I was like, yeah. And we got engaged,” Ricky said in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres.
The She Bangs singer says proposing was one of the most nerve-wracking moments of his life.
“I got on my knees, took out the little metal box—I just had it in a little velvet pouch—but, instead of saying ‘Would you marry me?’
“I said, ‘I got you something!’ Then, he was like, ‘Yes?’
“I said, ‘I want to spend my life with you,’ and he was like, ‘What is the question?’ ‘Would you marry me?’ That’s it,” he blushed.
Ricky has twin sons born to a surrogate mother, who he raises with Jwan, after coming out in an emotional letter to fans in 2010, despite many years of denials and speculation.
“We exchanged vows,” the 46-year-old said, “and we’ve signed all the papers that we needed to sign, prenups and everything.”
Married life, he added, “feels amazing.”
“I can’t introduce him as my fiancé,” he told reporters. “He’s my husband. He’s my man.”
The singer had previously told Andy Cohen Live that he wanted a three-day extravaganza for his wedding day.
While the wedding itself was a low-key affair, Ricky admits he will still go ahead with the full party later in 2018.
“We’re doing a heavy party in a couple of months,” he explained. “I’ll let you know.”
It’s not clear where the couple married, as they had fear they would face challenges around Donald Trump’s ban on people from six majority-Muslim countries.
“Planning a wedding is super overwhelming,” he told Ocean Drive magazine last year.
“We want to do it right, hopefully next spring. We’ll do the three-day event as I call it.
“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.”
While husband-to-be Jwan grew up in Sweden, he was born in Syria, where many of his family still live.
The happy couple could be prevented from marrying in the place they call home, America, due to President Trump’s draconian order banning people from the country entering the US.
“We also have to deal with the fact that most of my fiancé’s family is from Syria,” he said.
“So maybe they won’t be able to come into this country.
“So we might consider doing it in Stockholm or in Spain. We don’t know yet, but it’s going to be a great event.”
Their family life, aside from Trump’s meddling, is an ideal image of the modern family.
“People will be talking about it,” Rick opened up.
“We’re a modern family, and I think people need to see, and I want to normalise the beauty of our family.
“That’s why I’m making it public and I am going to share my wedding with the world.”
The singer has said he is much happier after he came out as gay.
Reflecting on why he spent most of his career in the closet, he told CBS Sunday Morning:”I struggled so much… it was extremely painful.”
Asked why he didn’t come out sooner, the former altar boy added: “I was afraid… I was afraid of rejection, unfortunately.
“For many years, a lot of people told me that my feelings were evil. What you’re feeling is not godly, that I’m not a good person if I’m feeling this.
“No more of that, I’m a good person, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with me. I’ve been the happiest man ever since.”
Asked if Martin’s younger self would be proud of him now, he said: “Now he is proud. He wasn’t that proud a few years ago, but now he is proud.”
The family revealed the interior of their home in LA to Architectural Digest magazine.