In July 2023, Ricky Martin and Jwan Yosef announced that they're divorcing after six years of marriage.
On Aug. 31, TMZ reported that the music star and the artist had already reached a settlement in their divorce: New court documents show the former couple entered into an uncontested written agreement to divide their property and marriage rights — including support payments — and are asking a judge to sign off on their deal so that their divorce can be finalized. Details of the settlement, however, have not been publicly disclosed.
The swiftness of their settlement process, which came so soon after their public split announcement, is not surprising, however, based on details Ricky shared with Telemundo just weeks earlier.
Keep reading to learn what the Puerto Rican Grammy winner had to say about his split from the Syrian-Swedish artist…
When they really separated
During an interview with Telemundo that emerged on Aug. 3, Grammy-winning music star Ricky Martin revealed that though he and estranged husband Jwan Yosef announced the end of their marriage in July 2023, they actually started the process of separating years ago. "This is not a recent decision. We have been planning this situation for a long time — it's pre-pandemic," the gay icon said, adding that he and his ex "had already gone through a grieving process" when they announced earlier in the summer that they were going their separate ways following six years of marriage.
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Ricky Martin further told Telemundo that he and Jwan Yosef will "always be family" — they plan to co-parent the two children they welcomed together via surrogate during their marriage (Lucia, who was born in 2018, and Renn, who arrived in 2019), while Ricky will raise his two older children (twins Matteo and Valentino, who were born via surrogate in 2008) as a single parent — and are "better than ever" in the wake of their split.
"We look into each other's eyes and smile. We hug each other. We go through the ups and downs. We cry together and we laugh together," Ricky said in Spanish, according to a translation by Hola!, adding that their children "never saw a fight" between them because they "resolved our differences with a good talk, maybe in our room." When they told their kids they were divorcing, the little ones replied, "Don't do it for us, we're OK," Ricky said.
Not what they expected
Navigating a separation and divorce has not been a miserable experience for music star Ricky Martin and artist Jwan Yosef. "It has been wonderful. I even told Jwan we should write a book about how to get divorced properly," Ricky told Telemundo. "In fact, if someone is getting divorced, come and talk to us because we already have this figured out. It has been much easier than we thought, but we've done it with time and calmness."
Moving on with another man?
Ricky Martin is in a head space to move on romantically a month after announcing his split from husband Jwan Yosef. He told Telemundo he wants "to have a good time" and "enjoy life" now that he's back on the market. "I do see myself in another relationship. I'm not talking about the near future, but I like being in love, I like being in a relationship, I like waking up in the morning to a morning kiss, breakfast, and complicity," the former Menudo singer said after clarifying that he's in no rush to enter another relationship right away.