When Ricky Martin obtained Spanish citizenship two years ago, it was speculated to be his first step toward an imminent wedding with partner Carlos Gonzalez, a rumor that went nowhere as the months went by and he expressly denied it in all his interviews...up to now.
"If I were going to marry, I'd love to do it in Spain - there are some spectacular settings for having a great formal wedding," the singer told Efe on his latest visit to Madrid, saying that there had been truth to those earlier reports about the reason why he applied for citizenship in this country, where same-sex marriage has been legalized.
The application for Spanish nationality was "a question of identity," he said, though he made it clear that his roots and his near-future are still in Puerto Rico, at least until his children also see Spain as part of their cultural identity.
"I had to come back here to give my kids the answer to who we are and where we come from," the vocalist of "Maria" said.
Martin's full name is Enrique Martin Morales, and he has Spanish ancestry on both his mother's and father's side, including a Basque grandmother.
"We're all over the peninsula," the singer joked, adding that "any excuse is good enough to spend time in Spain."
This year he debuted as a coach in the Australian version of the TV show "The Voice," an experience he described as "fascinating." He said there is an undeniable "competitive instinct" to be seen and heard.
"Working with those young artists helped me return to my beginnings, to those emotions of uncertainty," he said, adding that if he were offered the chance to repeat that role in the Spanish version, which will conceivably change judges in its third season, he "would think about it."