Did reggaeton singer Daddy Yankee abandon his singing career and convert to Christianity? Here's what we know.
Claim: The well-known reggaeton singer Daddy Yankee affirms that he will live for Christ and begin a new stage in his life and musical career at the hand of God.
Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez, known as Daddy Yankee, is a 46-year-old Puerto Rican singer and author of urban genre songs such as “Gasolina," “Shaky Shaky,” and “Con Calma." His songs and music videos primarily discuss and visualize sexual promiscuity.
What ChurchPOP knows: On December 4, social media users were surprised when Daddy Yankee published an excerpt from his farewell concert in Puerto Rico. He announced the end of a 30-year musical career and the beginning of a new stage with Jesus in a life of Christianity.
What Daddy Yankee said at the concert: “For me, this day is the most important day of my life and I want to share it with you because living a life of success is not the same as living a life with purpose.
"For a long time, I tried to fill a void in my life that no one could fill. I tried to fill and find meaning in my life. Sometimes I appeared to be very happy, but something was missing to make me complete and I have to confess that those days are over. Someone was able to fill that void that I felt for a long time.
"I realized that for everyone I was someone, but I was nothing without Him. I was able to travel the world for years, win many awards, applause, and praise, but I realized something that the Bible says: 'A man will gain the whole world if he loses his soul.'
Yankee also noted that he is not ashamed to tell the entire world that “Jesus lives in me and that I will live for Him.”
“A new story is going to begin, a new beginning, all the tools that I have in my possession, such as music, social networks, platforms, a microphone, everything that Jesus gave me is now for the kingdom,” he highlighted.
“Thank you very much Puerto Rico and I hope that you walk with me in this new beginning and I hope that something very important is recorded in you, do not follow any man, I am a human, to all the people who followed me, follow Jesus Christ, He is way, the truth and the life, thank you very much. God bless you.”
The Puerto Rican singer closed his message by asking God for his mercy to allow him to evangelize the world from Puerto Rico.
The Verdict: While Daddy Yankee says he will end his career and turn to Christ, he does not mention Catholicism.