Singer Ricky Martin to wed Syrian-born artist Jwan Yosef


Ricky Martin speaks during the show for the 2016 Latin GRAMMY’s Person Of The Year honoring Marc Anthony at the MGM Grand on November 16, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin announced this week that he plans to wed his partner of one year, Syrian-born artist Jwan Yosef, whom he met after getting interested in his art.

Martin, one of the biggest stars of the Latin music world, made the announcement on Wednesday’s “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

The 44-year-old singer, who is an art collector, said he had contacted the painter after seeing some of his conceptual work.

“I saw his art and I went crazy, cause I really love what he does, really original, and so I contacted him,” Martin said on the show.

He said the couple had known each other for a little more than a year and were now living together.

“We just got engaged,” he gushed, showing off his engagement ring.

Martin said his husband-to-be gets along really well with his eight-year-old twins, who were born to a surrogate mother.

In an interview with Vogue Arabia published in November, Yosef said he was born in the small Syrian town of Ras Al-Ayn but had lived most of his life in Sweden and Britain.

He only recently moved to Los Angeles.

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