Prince Royce Talks English-Language Debut and How Jennifer Lopez Made Him 'A Little Bit Sweaty'
By Sophie Schillaci
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Prince Royce is definitely an artist you should know!
The 26-year-old Bronx-born Latin superstar has 32 million Facebook fans, 4.4 million Twitter followers and 2.3 million on Instagram. Now he's debuting his first-ever English-language album, Double Vision.
"It's a concept of growing up with two different perspectives," Royce told ET. "I spoke Spanish at home, Latin food, Latin culture. But in school, it was all English. In the house parties it was all English. So it's kind of like bringing these two worlds into one album.
"It feels good to kind of, not leave Latin music, but transition into the pop realm," he said.
Royce is receiving a bit of help in that department from two of the most popular people in music, Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull, who are both featured on his hit single "Back It Up."
"It's an honor to be surrounded by people like that who have had so much experience and who you can have one-on-one and be a sponge and take in advice," he said of the pair.
But Royce is human, after all, and admits that he was definitely feeling the heat around J.Lo on the video set.
"A lot of people look at her and think she is a diva and all these stories -- she couldn't have been and she can't be a sweeter girl," he said. "She made me feel like at home. You know, I am in the video, doing my thing, we are chilling. It felt very much like family. It wasn't until I went outside of the set to look at in on the screen that I saw like, 'Man, she is getting kind of close, this looks good. This is J.Lo right here!'
"Then I got back on the set, I am feeling like a little bit sweaty," he joked. "Like, my palms are sweating. I'm like, 'OK, keep it cool. Keep it cool, Royce, you got to look nice for her.'"
For his part, Royce isn't looking too shabby in that video, either. But looking good has a price!
"The diet was definitely difficult," he admitted. "I mean, no salt, no sugar, no bread, no pasta, no chocolate. No happiness! Just straight up water. No milk. Only fruit in the morning, some oatmeal. It is crazy, but I realize it is really the food you eat. It is very difficult, and at first, I got a little depressed, getting a little withdrawals, but I think it is all worth it. I feel great. I got my cheat days."
Royce is currently touring with Ariana Grande to promote his new album -- and he has a very special message for his female fans.
"I make time right now for all my beautiful ladies watching me," he teased. "Every show, be sure to come up and give me a hug, give me a kiss. Te quiero!"