The famous singer who sold 30 million albums is retiring: He will dedicate his life to the Christian faith

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Daddy Yankee, the star of reggaeton music announced the end of his musical career to devote his life to the Christian faith.

Speaking to fans at the end of his last concert in his native Puerto Rico, the singer, whose real name is Ramon Luis Ayala Rodriguez, said he realized that "living a successful life is not the same as living a meaningful life."

"For a long time I was trying to fill a hole in my life that no one could fill. I was trying to fill it up and find a purpose in my life… Many times it seemed like I was happy, but something was missing to make me feel complete,” he said on stage in his hometown of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

He said that all the "tools" in his possession like music, social networks, platforms, microphones, everything that Jesus gave him now belong to his Kingdom.

“I have to tell you that those days are over, someone has managed to fill the hole I've felt for so long. I am not ashamed to tell the whole world that Jesus lives in me and I will live for him," continued the singer.

The singer explained that he had a hard time finding happiness even though he was winning awards and "had the world at his feet." After Daddy Yankee's emotional speech, dozens of drones formed a cross in the night sky with the message "Christ is coming" (Cristo viene).

However, Daddy Yankee first announced that he would retire from the stage in March 2022, after a career spanning more than 30 years.

Before retiring from music, he released his latest album, Legendary, on March 24 and embarked on a farewell tour. During his career, the singer sold more than 30 million albums.

In 2017, Daddy Yankee collaborated with his colleague Luis Fonsi on "Despacito", a record-breaking song that spent 16 weeks at the top of the Billboard chart. The music video for this song is the second most viewed YouTube video of all time.

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