It’s 5 days after Maluma’s twenty eighth birthday, which he celebrated in ultimate baller style at a $25 million mansion in Las Vegas. And it’s 9 days earlier than “Marry Me,” his well-reviewed big-screen debut reverse Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson, opens on Valentine’s Day weekend.
But regardless of all the excitement, he’s the image of chill as he strolls right into a Midtown Manhattan studio for his Alexa picture shoot. No doubt, it’s about to get tougher for the Colombian reggaeton sensation to stroll down the road simply minutes away from Times Square with out getting mobbed by swooning followers. After all, he’s one of many world’s most eligible bachelors. And whereas his “Marry Me” character Bastian is getting hitched to fellow pop star Kat Velez (performed by Lopez), the fortunately single Maluma isn’t certain if he’ll ever say these “I do’s.”
“I don’t really know if I want to get married,” says the artist, born Juan Luis Londoño Arias. “Of course, I want to have a family; I always dreamed about having children. But I don’t know if I will get married … I’m so young, you know, I don’t have to start thinking about it. But now I’m focusing on my career.”
And a muy caliente career it’s. He’s at present bopping throughout the globe on his “Papi Juancho” world tour, which — named after his 2020 album and alter ego — offered out Madison Square Garden final October. Winner of each a Latin Grammy and an MTV Video Music Award, Maluma has collaborated with everybody from Madonna and The Weeknd to fellow Colombians Shakira and J Balvin. In addition to “Marry Me,” he voiced the character of Mariano within the Disney hit “Encanto.” And he’s set to launch his Royalty by Maluma clothes line at Macy’s in the present day, after the model’s cologne hit the division retailer earlier this month.
He’s definitely discovered so much from watching his “Marry Me” co-star Lopez work her expertise as a grasp multitasker, bouncing from music and motion pictures to style and magnificence.
“I was a big fan of Jennifer, but I became more of a fan when I met her in person,” says Maluma. “I love the way she works, the way she handles every situation, how professional she is. I love that about her.”
He’d been angling to work with Lopez by her ex-husband, Marc Anthony. (The guys had collaborated on a salsa model of Maluma’s 2017 hit “Felices los 4.”) “I’m super close with Marc, and I was always telling him that I wanted to work with Jennifer,” he says. “I was like, ‘Yo, bro, I don’t know if you guys talk or whatever, maybe because you guys have children together. But I want to work with her.’”
Maluma bought his want when Lopez reached out to him to play “douchebag” Bastian in “Marry Me.” The two immediately clicked, each as co-stars and music collaborators, releasing the singles “Pa’ Ti” and “Lonely” in 2020. “The first time that we worked together, we were in the studio, and it was super fluid,” he remembers. “Maybe it’s because she still has Latin roots, you know? So she knows how I feel when I listen to music that I love. We felt that immediate connection.”
Their bond prolonged to taking pictures an enormous scene for the rom-com (by which they sing the title tune) on the Bronx-born Lopez’s residence turf, throughout Maluma’s sold-out live performance at Madison Square Garden in October 2019. “It was beautiful … having Jennifer with me at the Garden,” he says. “She lived a long time in New York. She was the local.”
Maluma has additionally turned to a different famous person pop diva — Madonna — for recommendation. The two M’s met on the 2018 VMAs and rapidly fashioned a friendship; he represented his Colombian hometown on their 2019 single “Medellín.”
“She works harder than me,” he says of the singer, 35 years his senior. “I bear in mind we have been recording in LA; we have been within the studio for 2 days in a row. I needed to f – – king go to the lodge, change and take a bathe, and she was like, ‘No, we’re gonna keep proper right here.’ So if she’s not complaining, why am I gonna complain?
“I love her,” he continues. “I love what she’s done with her life.”
Like each Madonna and J.Lo earlier than him, Maluma can be putting a pose for Versace. He’s the face of the boys’s spring-summer 2022 marketing campaign for the style home. “It reminds me of my grandparents a lot — they used to love Versace, too,” he says. “And then I showed them the campaign, and they feel super proud of it.”
And now the “Hawái” heartthrob has his personal clothes line, Royalty by Maluma. So how precisely did he go from crooner to clothier? “I think that the mind is infinite. You can create whatever you want. And I love fashion,” he says. “I would say the inspiration is coming from my roots, my country, my city, my family … I love denim, I love different fabrics that remind me of the mountains of Medellín. Also, the clothes that we were designing for women reminded me a little bit of my mom.”
Maluma made certain his line would match and flatter all physique varieties. “I designed things that everybody can wear — it doesn’t matter the size,” he says. “If you know how to rock it, you’re gonna feel comfortable with it.”
The title of his model, Royalty, was impressed by the love — and loyalty — he has been proven from his hometown followers. One of his 30-plus tattoos (he’s “lost count”) is a crown on the left aspect of his neck in honor of them. “I got it because of my fans,” he says. “If the king has a crown, it’s because the people from the town gave it to him. I felt like the people in my hometown, they were loving my music, they were loving my movement.”
On April 30, Maluma will play for 50,000 followers on the “Medellín for the World” live performance on the Atanasio Girardot stadium. It’s that sort of assist that makes him keep his residence base in Medellín (though he additionally has a spot in Miami). It additionally retains him near his household, who impressed his musical moniker — a mixture of the primary two letters of his mom’s title (Marlli), his father’s title (Luis) and his sister’s title (Manuela).
But the star reps for his nation wherever he goes, which is why it was so particular for him to be part of “Encanto” — an animated movie a few Colombian household. (He voices Isabela’s hunky fiancé, Mariano.)
“I wanted to be in the movie so bad that I tried to find a way to record the vocals in the middle of the ‘Papi Juancho’ tour,” he says. “I love being part of one of the movies that is changing the face of my country. I feel connected with the movie because that’s something that I’m trying to do too right now, you know? I don’t want people to talk about Colombia and think about drugs, about violence, about Pablo Escobar. That’s not Colombia anymore … we feel proud of being part of the change.”
Although Maluma sings in English for the primary time on “Marry Me,” don’t anticipate him to surrender on recording in Spanish. Just take a look at his attractive new single “Cositas de la USA.” “I’m a huge fan of American hip-hop: 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre. I was raised listening to that music,” he says. “But my favorite is Spanish [language] music … and I’m not going to change it. It doesn’t mean that I’m never going to sing in English, of course. But let’s wait for right now.”
And whereas he’s additionally holding off on any ideas of marriage, Maluma says he has skilled some “beautiful relationships.” He dated mannequin Natalia Barulich and then, after they break up, was noticed getting cozy with one other mannequin, Vivien Rubin. Recently, the self-proclaimed romantic has been linked with Colombian architect Susana Gómez.
“I don’t want to say that I’m in a relationship, because it’s not like that,” he says. “I’m just letting things go with the flow. You know, I’m just taking care of the people that I love. I’m taking care of my career. Everything is happening in a good way. I’m happy, and I’m at peace with myself. I’m just living a beautiful moment.”
Photos by Kurt Iswarienko; Fashion Editor: Serena French; Stylist: Anahita Moussavian; Photo Editor: Jessica Hober; Fashion Assistant: Sean Rodriguez; Groomer: Cynthia Alvarez at The Wall Group