Pitbull is a multi-talented American rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer and an actor who has achieved an admirable level of success in the music industry. He has released more than ten albums and won many accolades, including Grammy Awards and Billboard Music Awards in a career that has spanned more than a decade. Here’s a look at Pitbull’s rise to fame, wealth and other interesting facts you need to know.
How He Rose To Superstardom
Pitbull was born Armando Christian Pérez on January 15, 1981, in Miami, Florida. He started showing tendencies towards poetry at the age of 3 when he could recite Cuba’s national hero and poet, José Martí’s works in Spanish. While attending Miami Coral Park High School, Pitbull began to focus more on rap.
His music career began when he met rapper Lil John in Miami and he featured him in his 2002 album “Kings of Crunk”. Pitbull released several mixtapes which comprised mostly of remixes of songs by popular rappers. One of his songs “Oye” was featured as a soundtrack on the second instalment of the Fast and Furious movie series – 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003).
In 2004, Pitbull released his debut album M.I.A.M.I. (Money Is A Major Issue). The album peaked at #32 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Culo” as its lead single. Produced by Lil John and the Diaz Brothers, other singles included “Toma”, and “That’s Nasty”.
Major Musical Breakthrough, Awards
After releasing two more albums, (El Mariel-2006 and The Boatlift- 2007), Pitbull gained worldwide prominence with the single “I Know You Want Me”. The single which was part of his fourth studio album Rebelution (2009) peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Another successful single from the album was “Hotel Room Service”. Rebelution sold over 7.5 million copies worldwide.
His fifth studio album, Planet Pit (2011) brought him more fame and success with the Billboard-topping single “Give Me Everything” which featured Ne-Yo. Another successful single from the album was “International Love” which featured Chris Brown. Before the release of the album, Pitbull was featured on J-Lo‘s single “On the Floor” which was a massive hit.
Pitbull’s single “Back in Time” from his seventh studio album “Global Warming” was used as the lead soundtrack for Men In Black 3, making it the first non-Will-Smith song to be used as such.
The rapper has a number of accolades to show for his successful music career, including 7 American Music Awards, 5 Billboard Music Awards (and another 7 from the Latin version), 3 MTV Video Music Awards, 2 Grammy Awards and counting.
What is Pitbull’s Net Worth?
Pitbull’s popularity has made him a sought-after candidate for endorsement by top brands. He is the spokesperson for Voli Vodka, as well as its majority stakeholder. Among his other endorsements are Dr Pepper, Bud Light, Kodak, and Playboy.
Pitbull owns a fragrance line, Pitbull Man and Pitbull Woman which he launched in 2013. It retails at $30 per 1 oz bottle. In 2015, Pitbull launched his Pitbull’s Globalization Radio channel on Sirius XM Radio. In 2005, he collaborated with Diddy to found Latino music focused label “Bad Boy Latino”, a subsidiary of Diddy’s Bad Boy Records. Pitbull manages the A&R division of the label.
Like most rappers and musicians, Pitbull has made a number of cameo appearances on TV shows, including Dancing With The Stars (2012) and Empire (S2E04, 2015). His current net worth is estimated at $100 million. From September 2015 to September 2017, Pitbull pocketed the sum of $47 million from endorsements deals, tours, royalties and more. Then from September 2017 to September 2019, the globally acclaimed record producer earned an additional $53 million from tours, concerts, endorsements, and royalties.
Does Pitbull Have A Girlfriend or Wife?
The renowned Cuban-American rapper has a terrible reputation as a Casanova and is living by his catchphrase “single, bilingual and ready to mingle”. As far as we know, the rapper is not married, but has had affairs with many ladies which he has successfully kept away from the prying eyes of the media.
In 2011, he ended his relationship with ex-girlfriend, Barbara Alba. it’s quite surprising that throughout the period of their union that lasted more than a decade, Pitbull and Barbara never exchanged marital vows before the relationship crashed, despite sharing two children. Both parties have remained mum over the reason for their separation. After splitting from Pitbull, Barbara has managed to make a few public appearances and she is not active on any social media platform.
Furthermore, Pitbull who loves to be in the company of scantily clad beautiful ladies has managed to avoid every relationship-related questions from the press. Nevertheless, he once defined his ideal girlfriend or wife as one who is open and friend-like partner, but more than a wife or a girlfriend in a way that they will be able to joke as friends and be wild as lovers.
Who are His Kids?
As mentioned earlier, Pitbull is not yet married, but fathered two known children with his ex-girlfriend, Barbara Alba, before they separated in 2011. His first daughter, Destiny Pérez was born on the 15th of August, 2002 and his son, Bryce Pérez whom he also shares with Barbara, was born on 3rd May, 2003.
The multi-award-winning rapper has six children but has only revealed the identity of these two, alongside their mother, to the public. Information regarding the identity of the remaining four children, as well as their mothers, has not been made available, though it was reported that the prominent rap artist inked their names on his body as a show of love and affection.
Following his split from Barbara, she was handed the custody of their daughter, Destiny. Nonetheless, her loving father, Pitbull was doling out $3,000 monthly for her child welfare without any formal court order. However, Barbara’s demands have been on the rise as Pitbull keeps achieving unprecedented success.
As a result, she secured the services of Jason A. Setchen, a notable Miami-based attorney whose legal services covers Family Law and Civil Litigation, to get a raise in her daughter’s child support and have it documented. On 18th July 2013, Jason’s firm announced that they have reached an amicable confidential settlement outside the court and that they are proud to say that Pitbull is a gentleman.
Quick Facts About Pitbull
|Pitbull Quick Facts|
|Full Name:||Armando Christian Pérez|
|Stage/Nickname:||Pitbull, Mr Worldwide|
|Parents:||Armando Perez (Father), Alysha Acosta (Mother)|
|Siblings:||Jennifer Betances (Sister)|
|Birthdate:||January 15, 1981|
|Birthplace:||Miami, Florida, USA|
|Debut Album:||M.I.A.M.I. (Money Is A Major Issue)|
|Shoe Size:||10 (US)|
|Children (Known):||Destiny Pérez, Bryce Pérez|
|Favourite Look:||Black Suit with Dark Glasses|
The sensational singer is a charmer anytime, any day. He engages in fitness workouts to maintain his physique and athletic build which is one every woman would wish for in her man. His body measurements are 41-14-33 inches (chest-biceps-waist) and, his height is measured at 5 feet 9 inches (175 cm). The rapper weighs 73 kg (161 pounds).