Singer Ricky Martin is preparing to
marry boyfriend Carlos Gonzalez in Spain.
Martin on Friday secured citizenship in
Spain, one of 10 countries where gay marriage is legal.
Chief government spokesman Jose Blanco
said during a news conference that the Spanish government had granted
citizenship to the 39-year-old pop star, the AFP reported. (Blanco's
announcement in Spanish is embedded in the right panel of this page.)
The government said it had issued a
“letter of naturalization” to Martin because of his “personal
and professional links with Spain.”
Rumors that Martin would marry in
Argentina or Spain continued even after the artist denied them during
a stop in Mexico.
“In my house there is no talk of
marriage,” Martin told reporters during a news conference to
promote his latest studio album Musica+Alma+Sexo.
“I'm not going to get married, we are
very happy as we are, we've been together three years,” he added.
During a CNN interview shortly after
coming out last year, Martin told Larry King that he would consider
getting hitched but wanted to do so in the United States.
The former Menudo star and
father of twin boys Mateo and Valentino came out gay in his memoir