When you see him performing his up-tempo songs and shakin’ that famous bon-bon, it’s hard to imagine Ricky Martin being anything but happy and gregarious.
“I’ve been sad in my life, trust me,” Martin told contestant Deanna Rose following her performance of Lana Del Rey’s Video Games.
“Sometimes I’d jump on stage to push that sadness away from me and sometimes people would ask me ‘Ricky, how are you feeling?’ and I’d be like ‘I’m fine, I’m fine, I’m fine’ — PS. I was dying inside. Music saved my life.” (Post continues after gallery.)
One highly-publicised sad point in Martin’s private life was the end of his long-term relationship with Carlos Gonzalez Abella. The pair, who began dating in the same year the She Bangs singer came out as gay, parted ways early last year.
Martin said the relationship and breakup partly influenced his latest album A Quien Quiera Escuchar.
“After six years of being in a very steady relationship with him, yes, we have a lot of stories and we have a lot of moments of love and lots of light and yes, he is part of this album,” the father of twin boys told Pride Source earlier this year.
Last night, Martin said he spun his chair around during Rose's performance — as did the rest of the judging panel — because her singing had struck an emotional chord.
"I felt in touch with something you were giving me... I felt so much sadness, so much vulnerability," the multi-Grammy Award winner said.