To say that the 40-something Ricky Martin maintains a boyish appeal may be the understatement of the year. The Puerto Rican superstar seized the spotlight as an angelic 12-year-old phenom in the boy band Menudo, beloved by teenyboppers and grandmothers alike. He has rarely been out of the public eye since. Fresh off a blockbuster 2017 residency at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Martin’s latest star turn has him portraying Gianni Versace’s boyfriend Antonio D’Amico in producerRyan Murphy’sThe Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, on FX this January.
Yet for all his success, Martin’s greatest joy lies in the happy home life he has built with fiancé Jwan Yosef, a Syrian-born Swedish artist, and their nine-year-old twins, Matteo and Valentino. The couple met two years ago in London, where Yosef was living at the time, and spent the next twelve months traveling the globe on Martin’s One World Tour. The children were with them for the entire ride.
“Tino and Matteo were born on the road. They’re used to spending two weeks in one place and then moving on,” Martin says. “Our kids are stable when we are together. Wherever we happen to be, that’s home.”
然而今天,家族的concept of home has anactual address, specifically in Beverly Hills. “We were considering living in London orNew York City, but then we decided to rent in Los Angeles for a month, to get a feel for the vibe. L.A. totally caught us off guard—we loved it. By the end of the month, we knew we wanted to be here,” Yosef recalls. After a marathon three-day house-hunting expedition, the couple settled on the first place they had scouted, a serene, modernist residence with a surprising architectural pedigree. At the core of the 11,000-square-foot dwelling was a 3,000-square-foot home designed by acclaimed midcentury architect Gregory Ain for psychiatrist Fred Feldman and his wife, Elaine, in 1953.
“Even though the house had been greatly expanded over the years, we still wanted to respect its original vision—the clean lines, the openness, and the sense of calm,” Martin says. With less than two months from purchase to move-in, the couple enlisted AD100 designerNate Berkus, whom they had met through mutual friends, to facilitate the process. Fortunately for everyone involved, Martin and Yosef neither required nor desired a miraculous makeover.