There are gay rumors all over the web of the reggaeton king Daddy Yankee, after photos of a man that looks like him kissing another man appeared and were quickly diffused. According to some media, he admitted being gay and asked for privacy, but according to other reports, the 36-year-old singer refuted the rumors in a press conference:
“Now, again to you ignorant ones: the Internet is where the lies become truth and truth becomes myth. Wake up, bobo!”
It is said the rumor was generated after he was asked previously on a press conference his opinion about gay marriage, to which he said:
“I have people on my team who are gay, and I respect them entirely and give them work.”
Daddy Yankee, born as Ramon Ayala, is married to his high school sweetheart Mireddys Gonzalez. Together they have two daughters: 17-year-old Yamilet, 15-year-old Jessealys, and a son: 13-year-old Jeremy.
Their first daughter was born when he was 18 years old, in 1994. The couple has been married since. He doesn’t like to talk about his family because he says that is the only aspect in his life that is not public and that they are like a “little treasure”. He made an exception though.
In 2006 he spoke about his relationship with his wife and children in an interview with Maria Celeste Arraras in the TV show Al Rojo Vivo. He said that his marriage is strong because he and his wife Mireddys are “friends above anything” and that he has tried to avoid other temptations because “weakness is the reason for the downfall of several artists.” As far as we know, he has been true to his first and only love.
Daddy Yankee’s fan actually like Mireddys, they have created many support Facebook pages and a “flog” called miredys-de-dy, where they call her Daddy Yankee’s boss. Daddy himself credits his wife for helping him stay grounded. Mireddys is CEO and Manager of El Cartel Records, her husband’s record company, since 2001.
Daddy Yankee wife Mireddys González joint ventures
Daddy Yankee wife Mireddys González have been known to keep their private life out of the spotlight, however it is safe to say his success is in big part thanks to her and together they have embarked in a number of ventures.
In addition to selling millions of records, and performing in hundreds of concerts around the world, they have launched two record labels, lines of clothing, perfume, watches and shoes. Yankee has also starred in a film, and been featured in international advertising campaigns.
What does Daddy Yankee wife Mireddys González do now?
In addition, the celebrity spouse also does her own thing.
Mireddys who has been a supportive and dedicated spouse to Yankee for over two decades, and a mother to the couple’s three children, is also in her own right, an empowered businesswoman.
She along with friend, Michi form the duo ‘teammireddysymichi‘ -in which they sell and promote HiBody products.
In fact, Mireddys González went through an incredible physical transformation losing 23 pounds, after using HiBody products and is now happy to share her success with the world.
Daddy Yankee Net worth timeline
In 2006, Time magazine dubbed him one of the 100 most influential people. The main reason behind his inclusion in this list is because the “Barrio Fino” album sold 2 million copies and Yankee also signed a $20 million contract with popular record label Interscope Records.
In June 2007, the famous singer released his first album with Interscope – El Cartel: The Big Boss.
During the peak of his career, Daddy Yankee appeared in video games, music videos, music awards, and movies.
In 2010, he released his fifth studio album “Mundial” and in 2012, he released his sixth album “Prestige”
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His concerts leave huge amounts of money after overhead expenses—profits fluctuating, but exceeding $200,000 for each one of them.
Yankee is considered to be the highest-paid artist of the genre, not only thanks to his catchy hits, but also for his many years in the industry.
Daddy Yankee Net worth 2021
According to online sources, Daddy Yankee has an estimated net worth of $40 million, making him one of the most-famous and successful musical artists in the entertainment industry today.
Daddy Yankee Universal Music deal
In 2020 it was announced that Yankee partnered with Universal Music Group in a broad-reaching strategic partnership deal that encompasses new music and film, among other ventures.
Yankee called the deal, signed directly with UMG chairman & CEO Lucian Grainge, “one of the biggest commitments to an artist in the history of Latin music.” The first release under the new agreement is the single “Don Don”
Like all new music projects under the new global partnership, “Don Don” will be distributed and supported by UMG’s Ingrooves Music Group.
Yankee said in a statement
“I’ve worked hard to build a career that transcends cultures, borders and languages, and I created new business models that helped bring our music to the world. By making one of the biggest commitments to an artist in the history of Latin music, Universal Music and Sir Lucian are partners who value my legacy, my music and my contributions,” “This new single is just the beginning of the new projects we have planned and I’m excited to get started.”
Daddy Yankee house
By 2015, the singer, whose real name is Ramón Luis Ayala, and his wife Mireddys González Castellanos had a total of eight properties in Puerto Rico, including his residence at Vista Mar Marina and her “El Cartel” estate in Luquillo’s Hacienda Carabalí, and two properties in Florida.
Daddy Yankee Ventures and Investments
The Big Boss and King of Reggaeton, Daddy Yankee, has sold over 20 million records, and has performed in hundreds of concerts around the world. In addition, he has launched two record labels, and lines of clothing, perfume, watches and shoes. He has also starred in a film, and been featured in international advertising campaigns.
During this successful path, Daddy Yankee has also started a couple of companies, El Cartel Records and Los Cangris Inc.
His business empire also continues to expand with his production company, El Cartel Records, the company’s Cangris Music Publishing and a film company that produced “Talento de Barrio” starring himself.
In addition to profits from concerts, there are music royalties, sponsorship from brands such as Pepsi and Reebok, appearances in radio and television programs, and sales of the artist’s merchandising, among other commercial products created by his family business empire.
In the summer of 2012 on he released his own label, El Cartel Records and he’s also launched of his own tequila, El Cartel, a new line of headphones with Section 8, which premiered at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show. Yankee also launched his own “Legends of the Game” line of luxury watches with Azad Watches Inc.
Yankee also often rents the 100-foot yacht Now We Are Here from Fajardo’s Puerto del Rey marina for pleasure rides, which has an estimated weekly cost of $30k.
Daddy Yankee Charity and philanthropy
Daddy Yankee has been praised for his charitable efforts, specially the commitment he has shown to his homecountry.
People en Español named Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi The Stars of the Year of 2017 when the duo reaffirmed their dedication to helping their native island rebuild from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria in September.
As one of Puerto Rico’s most recognizable celebrities, Yankee, who has donated more than $1 million for reconstruction efforts, aims to leverage his star power to raise another $1.5 million to rebuild homes on the island. “Help has to keep flowing because this is not like you throwing 25 cents in a basket and keep walking,” he continued. “This is a very long process and we need everyone to get involved in some way. Restoring and rebuilding the country will take a long time.”
Yankee’s philanthropic work through “Daddy ‘s House” has been recognized by Billboard with the Spirit of Hope Award.
Daddy Yankee Early life
Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez, known professionally as Daddy Yankee, was born in Río Piedras, the largest distract of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on February 3, 1977. His father was also a musician; he was a salsa percussionist, what is known as bongosero. His mother has a manicurist, although she also came from a family of musician. He has a brother named Nomar.
As a teenager, his dream was to be a professional Major League Baseball player. He actually was able to try out for the Seattle Mariners. However, his sport dreams were shattered when he got caught in the crossfire of a barrio gun battle, and sustained a bullet wound in his leg from an AK-47.
Daddy Yankee Career
Ayala had first started singing and rapping at the age of 13, but it wasn’t until he was recovering from the bullet wounds that he had the opportunity to focus on his music career.
Influenced by artists like Vico C, DJ Playero, DJ Nelson, and DJ Drako, he came up with his own style to become one of the first artists to perform what is known as Reggaeton.
In 1997 he released his very first album ‘El Cartel’ which was followed by ‘El Cartel II’ in 2001. Although both of these albums did reasonably well in Puerto Rico, they had little to no impact on Latin America as a whole.
In 2002 he gained more attention from his album ‘El Cangri.com’; which talked more about corruption, terrorism, and religion. Which started to give him recognition in the US. His single ‘Latigazo’ was being played on Spanish radio stations and soon hit number 43 on the Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart.
Two years later, he released another album titled ‘Barrio Fino,’ and it contained one of his biggest hits ever, ‘Gasolina’ which was ranked as one of the ‘50 Greatest Latin Songs of All Time.’
In 2005 he was signed by Interscope Records, and he later released his album ‘El Cartel: The Big Boss’ which included the talents of musicians like Will.I.Am, Scott Storch, and many more.
Yankee released another album ‘Mundial’ in 2010 and ‘Prestige came about a year later. In 2013 he released an additional album ‘King Daddy’ that came along with his ‘King Daddy Tour’ which encompassed numerous European and American cities.
In 2017 Daddy Yankee released one of his most memorable singles ‘Despacito’ which also featured the talents of Luis Fonsi. The song quickly reached the top of the ‘Billboard Hot 100’ and was positively received internationally.
Daddy Yankee Achievements
Daddy Yankee has been named as one of the Most Influential Hispanics on a global scale by CNN and Time Magazine. He remains one of the major influences in the music industry with more than 11 million albums sold.
Among his many accomplishments, Yankee has received over 100 awards including Latin Music Billboard Awards, Latin Grammys, American Music Awards, Latin American Music Awards, among others. In 2014 Daddy Yankee was also honored with the ASCAP “Voice of Music Award”
In 2018, Daddy Yankee made history with 10 Guiness World Records with the title for his achievement as the First Latin artist to reach the number one on Spotify.
With an impeccable track record of global smashes within the last 20 years, the international music icon, has surpassed 44,735,586 monthly listeners on Spotify. Daddy Yankee has charted over 50 hits on the Billboard Charts and is the only Latin Artist to Chart four songs in Spanish on the Top 20 of Billboad’s Hot 100 Charts.
Daddy Yankee Favorite hobbies
Daddy Yankee has been known to enjoy hobbies such as playing video games; in 2013, he launched a video game called “Trylogy Tower Defense.”
“Trylogy Tower Defense is a 3D action video game from a series known as Tower Defense Games, in which a hero tries to stop enemies from crossing a map by building traps to slow them down and towers from which they are shot at,” according to The Music Universe. On the Daddy Yankee game, the artist is both the hero and a third person character that is able to shoot.”
When Yankee isn’t making music, running a record label or launching a new product, he’s an avid gamer behind the scenes. In addition he enjoys playing board games.
Favorite Quotes from Daddy Yankee
“I feel so much pride to represent my community and be Latino. No doubt about it, above my career and sales being a Latino comes first.”
“The best way to help the Latino community is to give back. I love giving back; I’m quiet about God and what I do, but we do a lot in the Dominican Republic”
“Getting your education is an advantage you have.”
Lessons learned from Daddy Yankee
Notable lessons to learn from the artist include that not everything that seems bad is actually, bad.
Though Yankee grew up immersed in music, his first love was playing baseball. In a 2006 interview with MTV.com, he said he had tried out for the Seattle Mariners and had every expectation of being signed when he was caught in the crossfire between gangs. He spent the next six months in bed.
It was a year before he could walk and he still carries a bullet lodged in his right thigh. In a New York Times magazine profile, “The King of Reggaetón,” Yankee credits that hiatus from street life for redirecting his focus on making music.
He also went to college, and earned an associate’s degree in accounting in 1998, in order to help himself better navigate the music business. “I thank God every day for that bullet,” he said.
What does Daddy Yankee do now?
Daddy Yankee currently continues to work hard doing what he does best. His most recent single is ‘Don Don,’ featuring Anuel AA and Kendo Kaponi.
Through his contract with Universal Music, he is also set to appear in other projects including a film.
Where does Daddy Yankee live now?
Daddy Yankee and his family currently reside in Miami, Florida.
Daddy Yankee is active in most platforms and has gained over 100 million followers through social media.
Daddy Yankee Instagram
Daddy Yankee is often posting on Instagram where he has over 41 million fans.
Daddy Yankee Twitter
The urban star is also on Twitter with over 14 million followers.
Daddy Yankee Facebook
Daddy Yankee can also be found on Facebook where he has 30 million followers.
Daddy Yankee YouTube
Daddy Yankee has 33.2M subscribers on his YouTube channel.
Daddy Yankee TikTok
Daddy Yankee has also become popular on TikTok with over 5 million followers.
Daddy Yankee Website
The artist has his own website, where you can check out his music, videos and upcoming tour dates.