Ricky Martin's bestselling autobiography entitled "Me" is now available in South Africa in paperback form.
In the book, the out and proud superstar, opens up for the first time about memories of his early childhood, experiences in the famed boy band Menudo, struggles with his identity during the Livin' la Vida Loca phenomenon, reflections on coming to terms with his sexuality, relationships that allowed him to embrace love, life-changing decisions like devoting himself to helping children around the world, and becoming a father.
"Me" is an intimate memoir about the very liberating and spiritual journey of one of the most iconic out and proud pop-stars of our time.
"Me" describes the multiple transformations of a former Puerto Rican altar boy into a "Livin' la Vida Loca" international pop idol sensation, into the man he is today. This heartfelt memoir also describes, among many things, Martin's difficult struggle coming to terms with his sexuality.
What pop megastar Ricky Martin offers in this book is more like "Livin' la Vida Espiritual." He reviews his career, from his years toiling in the boy band Menudo, to acting in soap operas, to launching his solo singing career. By the late 1990s, Martin topped the Latin charts, dominated the world with the "La Copa de la Vida," the anthem for the 1998 World Cup, and quickly won over the English-language market.
A chance encounter in Bangkok with a fellow Puerto Rican (and former Buddhist monk) set Martin on a spiritual journey, and the results permeate this book. At its worst, this memoir is superficial, redundant, and full of easy platitudes. At its best, Martin provides an insightful look at personal issues, such as his decision to become a father through surrogacy.
Sexual identity, both his struggle with understanding his own sexuality and his decision to come out, is an important theme, and one that Martin handles well. Avoiding any name-dropping, sensationalism, or self-exploitation, Martin takes the high road. As a result, this earnest memoir will definitely appeal to his serious fan base.
"Me" is available in South Africa at Exclusive Books.