Ricky Martin Chatted With Now-Husband Jwan Yosef for Six Months Before Meeting Him in Flesh

Published March 29th, 2018 - 11:03 GMT
The 46-year-old opened up Attitude about how he first encountered the Syrian-born Swedish artist on Instagram (Source: Kathy Hutchins - Shutterstock)
The 46-year-old opened up Attitude about how he first encountered the Syrian-born Swedish artist on Instagram (Source: Kathy Hutchins - Shutterstock)

His method of communication may be modern, but his speed is definitely old fashioned.

Ricky Martin chatted with his now-husband Jwan Yosef for SIX MONTHS before meeting him in the flesh.

The 46-year-old opened up Attitude about how he first encountered the Syrian-born Swedish artist on Instagram.

'I contacted him and we talked for six months. We were just sending messages, talking about life and existential issues,' he said.

'Nothing sexy, nothing sexual. It’s not that he was sending me sexy pictures and vice versa, I swear…

The singer claimed the first thing he said to himself upon finally physically meeting the 33-year-old was: 'I am marrying this guy.'

'And apparently he said exactly the same thing,' he added. 'Obviously he only told me this later on, you have to keep it to yourself at first!

    

Cover star: The 45-year-old graces the covers of the both the current issues of Attitude and Gay Times

'But I lost my breath when I saw him. Six months’ build-up and it was very romantic.'

The couple share twin boys, nine-year-old Matteo and Valentino, whom Ricky fathered via surrogate.

In a separate interview with Gay Times, he explained how he continuously teaches his sons about the different definitions of family

'Love manages itself in millions of ways. I talk to my kids every day about how every family is different,' he said. 'Let me be, I let you be. It’s simple.'

The Puerto Rican superstar also discussed with Attitude how he hid his sexuality for years, and how he regrets it.

'I submitted myself to my career completely,' he said. 'I didn’t open doors to new relationships, and I’m not talking about romantic relationships, I’m talking about any relationship, because I didn’t want people to know me too much.

'I wouldn’t even sit down and have a cool relationship with amazing producers or great film directors because I was afraid that if they spent more than two hours sitting with me they would know my nature.

'I wasted so much energy trying to manipulate my sexuality,' he admitted.

Martin most recently played Antonio D'Amico, partner of the titular character in American Crime Story: The Assassination Of Gianni Versace.

He revealed that the show — which deals with homophobia in the 1990s — hit close to home.

'The level of injustice that we as a community were dealing with back then was heavy,' he told Attitude.

I played every role before I even started working on this project. I was a closeted gay man who was making my partners hide. I had relationships with other men who were in the closet and I had other relationships with men who were not in the closet but because of me went back into the closet. And so I’m re-living everything that I did.'

He added to Gay Times: What killed Gianni Versace was homophobia. It’s not the way he died, it’s the way it was allowed to happen.

'Back in the 90s – and we have to be careful because history tends to repeat itself – Gianni Versace was killed by a man that was on the FBI’s Most Wanted list. This man was living in Miami but because he was a gay man killing other gay men, everybody turned the other way. That’s what infuriates me.'


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