Maluma is on the new cover of L’Officiel Hommes magazine, which marks the global magazine’s 100th anniversary issue. In the interview, the pop superstar opens up about starring in “Marry Me” opposite Jennifer Lopez, his rise to fame, and the Kim Kardashian rumors.
Where did the rumor that you’re dating Kim Kardashian come from? “I don’t even know! Right? We were together at the Dior show. I met her for the first time there. I was also there with Kourtney. People just started talking about it. I don’t know why they started asking her that. Maybe because she was getting her divorce and everything, you know? But no, we are good friends. We don’t talk that often, but yeah, we are good friends and we always wish the best for each other.”
You’re going to be in the upcoming J.Lo movie, Marry Me. What was your mindset like when you were on set, trying to learn a new art form? “I got nervous. I was there with Owen Wilson, too. That was my first movie, and it was a Hollywood movie, you know? When I went to the set for the first time, I felt that I was made for it. And well, working with Owen Wilson was difficult because he’s a big, big actor. But the first scene when we saw each other he was like, Wow, man, you’re doing amazing. For me, that was everything to calm my nerves. It was a beautiful experience working with Jennifer Lopez—she’s such a master. She’s got a lot of discipline. She loves having everything on point. I learned a lot about her. I’m not tired of talking about Marry Me, because it’s one of the biggest dreams I’ve had in my life.”
You’ve really crossed over from the Latin world to become a global pop superstar. With Papi Juancho, the album from last year, you went back to your roots a bit. How do you juggle your Latin American audience with your global audience? “It is very difficult, to be honest. But I just try to keep it real—to explode my essence, you know? I always talk about this. I don’t feel that I have to sing in English to go to different markets. I just want to be me and enjoy the music that I really love doing. If people want to listen to it, I’m very grateful. But if not, there are a lot of artists out there, and if they want to listen to songs in English, it’s fine too. Right now I feel like my essence is working. What I’m doing is working. And hopefully people can enjoy it as much as I do. When I’m straight to my roots, I feel people can feel it too.”
Coming up, did you always imagine you’d go global? “I always wanted to be a global star. People in high school used to laugh at me. And of course my family, I don’t know. They were kind of afraid I wouldn’t make it. Then I started working, and I had a lot of discipline. I feel like I had the keys to make it happen. I’m in the middle of the route, but it’s going to happen.”
[Photo Credit: Pamela Hanson for L’Officiel Magazine]