Ricky Martin gave an update on the crisis in Puerto Rico while promoting the upcoming series “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” on “Ellen” on Tuesday.
Martin revealed he has raised almost $5 million in relief efforts for Puerto Rico and spent the holidays with his family in his hometown.
“It’s still about 53 percent 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 that we received from literally people from all over the world,” Martin says. “We’re doing our best and we just have to stay optimistic.”
The actor/singer shared that restoring power to the island has been a slow process.
“It’s all about the poles. The only company that was building the poles went bankrupt. We need like seven thousand poles, and they can only take like two or three a week. But it’s progress,” Martin says. “There [are] still kids without being able to go to school. There’s not power, there’s no water. But I want to stay optimistic. Things are going to change for the good.”
Martin continued on to say that this season of “American Crime Story” explores the stigma against the LGBT community in regards to crime during that time period.
“We’re still dealing with things that we dealt with in the ’90s,” Martin says. “[Cunanan] went on a killing spree for months … and he was on the list of most wanted of the FBI. He was not hiding, but for some reason they never found him. So it’s like, ‘Wait, he’s killing gay men, let’s look the other way.’ And that’s what we’re trying to confront at this moment.”
Martin, who plays Gianni Versace’s boyfriend Antonio D’Amico, also revealed he bared his assets for the role.
“I show my tush for the first time on television. You guys have to see. It’s really good,” Martin says.
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace” premieres Jan. 17 at 10 p.m. on FX.