The Spanish government has announced that openly-gay singer Ricky Martin (39) has been granted citizenship, fuelling speculation that the star is planning to marry his boyfriend.
The government also granted citizenship to actor Benicio del Toro, who, like Martin, is from Puerto Rico; a once-Spanish colony that is now a US territory.
A spokesperson said that the government was “very pleased” to grant their requests because of their fame and their “personal and professional links with Spain”.
Martin’s grandmother is Spanish and he is said to own a home in Madrid.
Although neither of the celebrities have said why they wanted Spanish citizenship, in Martin’s case, this would allow him to marry his boyfriend, economist Carlos Gonzalez, in Spain.
The couple is bringing up Martin’s three-year-old twin sons Matteo and Valentino.
On Friday, Martin tweeted in Spanish that he “appreciates the Spanish Government’s concession of the citizenship”.