Ricky Martin has raised nearly $5 million for relief efforts in Puerto Rico.
The singer stopped by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to give an update on the work being done on the hurricane-ravaged island.
Martin took a trip to Puerto Rico over the holidays. Asked what is happening there now, he said, “53 per cent of the island is still without electricity, but we’re smiling, and we’re happy, and we’re alive and we’re very grateful for everything that’s been happening.”
“The love we receive literally from people all over the world is amazing,” Martin added. “We’re doing our best, and we just have to stay optimistic.”
The 46-year-old also talked about his role in the upcoming series “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”.
Martin said that he had actually acted years before in Latin America while he was a member of the boy band Menudo, but that finally he’s made his way to the screen in the United States.
“Can we just take a moment to absorb the fact that this is my first interview in America as an actor,” Martin said. “I love this.”
Martin plays Gianni Versace’s lover Antonio D’Amico in the series.
“Even though so many years went by… as a member of the LGBT community we’re still dealing with things that we dealt with in the ’90s,” Martin said of what acting in the series means to him.