When the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage was legal in June 2015, Ricky Martin remembers “celebrating like crazy.” He was single at the time, but the ruling made him hopeful that one day he would be a husband.
“I thought, ‘I hope someday I get to wear a freaking ring and celebrate love and bring my family and friends to a big feast and get all Latin crazy on it,” he told PEOPLE exclusively.
Well, his wish is granted now that he’s engaged to artist Jwan Yosef, whom he began dating earlier this year.
“It’s one of those things when you have very beautiful moments, magical moments, magical conversations and beautiful experiences and all this time, you’re thinking, maybe it’s here,” he said of his relationship with Yosef. “Then you just go for it and allow yourself to feel… I’m very certain about what’s happening. I’m a hopeless romantic.”
So, is Martin ready to get “Latin crazy” now?
“This [wedding] is going to be Middle Eastern and Latin crazy all at once. It’s going to be one loud wedding!”
Martin is now making noise not only with his engagement but with his announcement on Wednesday that he’s signed on to do a Las Vegas residency show, à la Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez and Céline Dion.
“It’s for sure going to be a very international production. We will definitely play with my musical influences of where I come from, that kind of African-Antillean vibe that has pretty much pushed me around the world,” he said from his Las Vegas suite. “Production-wise it’s going to be massive and classy. Fashion is going to be very important, but we have to please people from all over the world.”
Martin, 44, later reiterated that he will have many costume changes during the show, which kicks off April 5 at the new Park Theater at the Monte Carlo.
The show is very early in the creative process, but Martin said he’s working with director Jamie King, who has helmed several of Martin’s previous tours.
Martin admitted that he was offered a Vegas residency in the past, but the timing wasn’t right. Asked whether the timing fits now because he’s more of a family man, he said, “That is not exactly why I made the decision to come to Vegas, to be honest.”
He continued, “It’s checking the box that as an entertainer you have to experience. If you just look at the artists that have been here and see the level of entertainment and artistry the city sees every year, this is a serious town with artistry and entertainment, and what a coincidence that it’s also amazing for my kids and for my family.”