EXCLUSIVE: Ricky Martin Teases 'Something That's Never Been Done in Vegas,' Talks Play Dates With J.Lo's Kids
By Sophie Schillaci
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Sin City is about to experience "La Vida Loca."
But before Ricky Martin kicks off his Las Vegas residency on April 5 at Monte Carlo's Park Theater, the 45-year-old superstar gave ET's Kevin Frazier a sneak peek at what to expect from the high-energy show.
"We wanted to do something that has never been done in Vegas," Martin teased during rehearsals in Los Angeles on Friday. "There's gonna be a mosh pit! ... Right here, in the center, is where the crowd [won't] have chairs. It's about dancing and having a great time."
Martin, of course, will be leading the charge, dancing his heart out right from the get-go.
"Of course, I come to sweat!" he said. "Thirty seconds into the show and I'm drenched. It's a good energy show. We start with one of the biggest hits and then we have lots of highs and lows. We're gonna go through the romantic side of life in general, and then we're gonna unite cultures."
"My mission here," he added, "is for people to forget, for an hour-forty minutes, all their issues."
"Everything changes when you become a father," Martin gushed, referring to his 8-year-old twin sons, Matteo and Valentino.
"I'm a different person. Every decision I make is based on their well-being, and yes, they travel with me everywhere," he continued. "We have a tutor, we home school them -- or we tour school, it's not home schooling anymore -- but I need them with me always."
"A lot of people tell me, 'But Rick, your kids need stability,' and I'm like, 'I am their stability. If I'm not around, they won't feel stable' and that's how it goes," he added. "In fact, whenever we spend too much time in one city, they go, 'Dad, what's next? Let's go. We're ready.'"
While in Las Vegas, Martin's boys will certainly be in good company! Fellow resident performers Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion and the Backstreet Boys are among those with young kids on the strip.
Asked whether he would be setting up play dates with J.Lo or Dion's kids, Martin said, "Yeah, we must!"
"Some way, somehow, we need to get together," he explained. "I'm sure that their kids go through exactly the same emotions my kids go through. It is a pretty unique lifestyle. I mean, this is what's normal for us and we wouldn't change it for anything, but I think that generation of children that have parents that are entertainers, they need to get together. We'll see what happens."
As for wedding planning with fiance Jwan Yosef, these two probably won't be hitting the Little White Chapel to get hitched.
"We're going to elope and then let's see what happens," Martin teased, playing coy about their nuptials. "I always dreamt of a three-day wedding. I don't know what's going to happen! Let's see."
Martin couldn't help gushing about his love, describing him first and foremost as a "really good friend."
"You find that friend that you look at each other without words, you know exactly what you need and what you're thinking," he said. "It's a lot of fun."
In fact, Yosef has also had a hand in certain creative aspects of Martin's show.
"This is a whole new world for my fiance, really," Martin explained. "He's a conceptual painter and we're both creative, but this is a different monster. He has learned from me and I learn from him. It's been a really cool dynamic."
When it comes to expanding their brood, the singer joked that "I want 10 kids, man!"
"A lot is happening at the moment. Right now, we're putting this show together. Maybe when we're done we will go on the road again, but I definitely want a bigger family," he said, noting that he would truthfully like to have two more children.
But for now, Martin and his family are focused on delivering an unforgettable performance. In addition to his Vegas dates, Martin will also play two shows at The Theater at MGM National Harbor in the Washington, D.C. area on May 5 and 6.
"I'm just gonna get on stage every night and leave my soul on stage like I usually do," he said. "And we're gonna have a great time."