“Livin’ La Vida Loca”: Did Ricky Martin assault his nephew?
In 1999, Ricky Martin became a household name with his hit song “Livin’ La Vida Loca.” He swiveled his hips and had people around the world singing about Devil’s red lips and mocha-colored skin. However, Martin is back in the spotlight for a much more salacious reason.
Martin’s nephew, Dennis Yadiel Sanchez, recently caused a stir when he filed a restraining order against his uncle. As more information has come forth, people are giving the singer a serious side-eye. It’s a cause for concern no one expected even in the ongoing chaos of 2022.
Fans don’t want to believe that their fave is capable of something so disgusting. Yet, the #MeToo movement has taught that no celebrity is incapable of horrible deeds just because they make good music or movies. In the midst of confusion, what is the truth?
Family vs family
“Livin’ La Vida Loca” propelled Ricky Martin to international fame. In a similar fashion, his nephew’s accusations against him have put Martin back on everyone’s mind. Earlier this year, Sanchez filed a restraining order against his uncle.
The twenty-one-year-old claimed to have engaged in a seven-month-long affair with Martin. He further claimed Martin physically assaulted him when he tried to end the relationship. However, Eric has told a different story in defense of his brother, Ricky.
In the late 90s, the name “Ricky Martin” became synonymous with “Livin’ La Vida Loca”. These accusations, though, paint the picture of someone who is devious & vindictive. Whether or not the accusations or true, they’ve sent shockwaves through his fans.
An unsettled mind
Attorney Marty Singer has fought back against Sanchez’s explosive allegations with his own. According to Singer, Sanchez is deeply disturbed and has a history of severe mental health challenges that have disrupted his relationships with his family.
Eric has echoed Singer’s statement in defense of Ricky Martin and claims the “Livin’ La Vida Loca” singer is innocent. On June 26th, Eric went live on Facebook with a heartfelt message saying Ricky wasn’t capable of such actions and pleading for Sanchez to see reason.
On the one hand, Eric’s & Singer’s defense doesn’t make Ricky innocent. Family members have been known to protect predators even when their victims are loved ones. Lawyers have been known to vehemently defend their clients even knowing they’re guilty. On the other hand, Eric’s defense of his brother can’t be completely dismissed. He’s made multiple statements and staked his own reputation on taking Ricky’s side. Singer’s own reputation is at stake if Ricky is found guilty.
Power of words
In 2000, Ricky Martin did an interview with Barbara Walters only a year after achieving massive success with “Livin’ La Vida Loca.” Walters interrogated him about his sexual orientation and Martin responded by telling her he “just didn’t feel like” talking about it.
In March 2010, Martin officially came out as gay. While he cited the interview with Walters as traumatic, he was happy to finally be living his truth. The reality of his sexual orientation, in light of recent allegations, brings a complex dimension to an already-uncomfortable conversation.
A prevailing myth about gay men is that they seek to have inappropriate sexual relations with minors. If Sanchez is indeed lying, he could be playing on this assumption for personal gain. If he’s telling the truth, it plays into an age-old stereotype. Just because he’s gay doesn’t make him guilty, but it could hurt him in the court of public opinion.
It’s not up to the public to decide whether or not Ricky Martin is guilty. On July 21st, the fifty-year-old “Livin’ La Vida Loca” singer is set to appear in court. This is where he along with his lawyer will make the case for his innocence against his nephew’s allegations.
If found guilty of Sanchez’s sexual abuse & domestic violence allegations, Martin could face up to fifty years in prison. Puerto Rican law doesn’t mess around when it comes to perpetrators of incest. It takes the case very seriously, as it should, and seeks to truly punish those found guilty.
Twenty-three years ago, Ricky Martin sent fans flying to the dance floor with “Livin’ La Vida Loca”. Martin now has fans flying to the nearest news website for more information about his nephew’s allegations. Hopefully, this case won’t wear him out.