Luis Fonsi was largely an unknown figure except in his native Puerto Rico and the rest of the Spanish-speaking world before 2017. The success of his ultra-hit 2017 single Despacito changed all that. The song did more than bring him international success. He also put Puerto Rico on the map musically. At last count in July 2018, the song has garnered four Grammy Awards.
Luis Fonsi, Biography, Age
Luis Alfonso Rodríguez López-Cepero is the first child of his parents Alfonso Rodríguez and Delia López-Cepero. He was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico on April 15, 1978. His parents also have two other children, two daughters Jean and Tatiana.
Fonsi has always had his thoughts for music. As a child, he tried to adapt his singing so that it could sound like the popular Puerto Rican singing group Menudo. During this period of his life he was also an active member of the San Juan Children’s Choir.
For his high school education, Luis moved to Florida where he enrolled at Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando. He met a few friends there, including singer Joey Fatone, and together they formed a popular singing group known as the “Big Guys.”
Graduating from high school, he was admitted to Florida State University on a full scholarship to pursue studies in vocal performance. Again Luis was involved in singing groups. He has performed with the University Choir and with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Despite the scholarship race, he then dropped out of school to start his musical career. Shortly after he left school, Universal Music Latin offered him his first music contract.
Luis Fonsi’s first album was a success. In 1998 he published his first project Comenzaré, which translates to “I’m going to start”. It was a massive hit in Latin America, Colombia, El Salvador, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and other Spanish-speaking markets. It has also charted on various Latin music charts, including Billboard ‘s Top Latin Albums chart.
His next album in 2000 was even more successful. By then he had achieved celebrity status in the Spanish music market, even including a song by Christina Aguilera.
In 2002 Luis Fonsi released his first English album Fighting Sentiment. He featured his high school friend Joey Fatone in the music video for the track “Secrets.” Her fifth album Abrazar la Vida peaked at number one on the Latin Charts Billboard . During this period, he collaborated with Emma Bunton, the former Spice Girl, on her 2004 album.
Fonsi’s next two albums, Paso a Paso and Nada Es Para Siempre topped the charts, the latter earning a Latin Grammy Award nomination. Luis’ single “No Me Doy por Vencido” from his 2008 album Palabras del Silencio saw its US Billboard Hot 100 debut, peaking at No. 92. The single eventually tagged Billboard Latin Pop Song of the decade.
The following year, Fonsi won his first Latin Grammy Award for Song of the Year thanks to his single “Aquí Estoy Yo”. In July 2011, he was named leader of the new generation of Latin music by Billboard.
Three years after his 2014 album, the veteran Latin singer has released his most successful musical effort to date. Despacito ‘s January 2017 release with Daddy Yankee broke the mold of Latin music and filming for the stars. In the first week of April 2018, the song’s music video garnered 5 billion views on YouTube, becoming the most viewed video in the world. It also reached the top spot of almost all Latin Chart Billboard. Luis Fonsi then did an English remix of the single with Justin Bieber, which peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed there for 16 consecutive weeks.
In May 2018, Despactio TV released a response to the success of the single titled Despacito II. The single featured Sans Undertale, Charlie Puth, and rapper Soulja Boy. Following the success of the single, the Puerto Rican singer collaborated with other artists, including Demi Lovato, Aitana and Stefflon Don.
Luis Fonsi began his acting career side by side with his music since 1992. He debuted in a brief appearance as a friend of the main character in the romantic film. Como Agua Para Chocolate. Twelve years later he was on Corazones al lite, playing the character of Roy in the Mexican telenovela. He also appeared on the Nickelodeon series Taina in 2001 and was part of a two-week tour with the Broadway cast, Tango Forever in August 2013.
Who is Luis Fonsi’s wife?
Before his current wife, Luis was married to actress Adamari López. They started a relationship in 2003 and stuck together even as Adamari battled cancer. The couple married in June 2006 and officially ended the union in November 2010.
He then met a stunning Spanish beauty and model Agueda Lopez. Agueda is an in-demand model and event host. Lopez has worked for Univision and VME Network companies. She’s not shy to reflect her roots in everything she does, from the clothes she wears to the events she attends. Agueda is also a passionate mother and does not hesitate to share special moments with her mothers on Twitter.
Luis Fonsi married her on September 10, 2014. They had been living together for three years and had daughter Mikaela in December 2011. Their son Rocco arrived on December 20, 2016.
Luis Fonsi’s Height, Net Worth and Other Facts
- According to online sources, the Puerto Rican icon has a net worth of $16 million.
- The singer stands at around 169.5cm (5ft 7in)
- Fonsi has participated in various events with Pope John Paul II and Barack Obama.
- In 2007, Luis Fonsi was part of the group of people who led the selection process for new members of the rehabilitated singing group Menudo. It was during the selection process in Dallas that rising music star JC Gonzalez was chosen.
- Along with a few other artists, Fonsi performed at the White House in honor of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attack.