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Martin was born on December 24, 1971, in San Juan, Puerto Rico </wiki/San_Juan,_Puerto_Rico>, the only child of his mother, Nereida Morales, who was an accountant; his father Enrique Martín Negroni, was a psychologist. His parents divorced when he was two, and both later remarried, giving Martin three more half-siblings from his father's second marriage. Though no one in his family was connected to show business, Martin was drawn to the spotlight as a child and had many friends.
At the age of 12, Martin auditioned and was turned down. At age 13 auditioned for his third time and become a member of the band Menudo </wiki/Menudo_(band)>, a manufactured Latin pop group composed of young Puerto Rican adolescent musicians </wiki/Musicians> who were rotated out of the group as they advanced into their teen years. When Martin was 17, however, he left the group and returned to Puerto Rico to complete high school. After completing high school, Martin left San Juan and moved to New York. Later, Martin moved to Mexico City where he started acting, first in theater productions, and then in a soap opera ("telenovela") titled Alcanzar Una Estrella II </wiki/Alcanzar_Una_Estrella_II> (Reach for a Star). A film based on the series was produced in which Martin played "Pablo," earning a Heraldo Award </w/index.php?title=Heraldo_Award&action=edit&redlink=1> in 1993.
Martin has been nominated one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World by People </wiki/People_(magazine)> magazine and its sister magazine People en Español in 2000 and 2006 respectively. Martin is the founder of Fundación Ricky Martin, a non-profit organization. Among the events promoted by the foundation was a summer camp, which included Martin's personal participation. He is currently dating model, Shannon Gargan.
In the past Ricky stated he was in love with Mexican TV host Rebecca de Alba </wiki/Rebecca_de_Alba>, with whom he had an off and on again relationship for over 14 years. They even talked of starting a family together. And at one point Ricky Martin planned on proposing. However with the release of "Life", Martin confirmed he and De Alba had parted ways.  
On August 20, 2008, Ricky announced, via his publicist, that he is now the father of twin boys. The babies were delivered via gestational surrogacy </wiki/Gestational_surrogacy> and were already a few weeks old. At the time of the press release, the children were already under Ricky's full-time care. The name of the biological mother, date/place of birth, and the babies' names were not released.