Maluma whose real name is Juan Luis Londono Arias is a reggaeton singer and songwriter of Colombian nationality. His endeavors as a musician have seen him sign contracts with Sony Latin and Sony Music Colombia. He is popularly known as the singer who has no shirt beneath his shiny silver jacket. Maluma is a two-time recipient of the Latin Grammy Award and the Latin American Music Awards.
Several questions have been asked about this fella over the years. From his age to his wealth and sexual orientation, below are answers to some of the questions.
Maluma Age and Background Details
Maluma, also known as Juan Luis Londono Arias was born on 24 January 1994 to Marlli Arias (Mother) and Luis Fernando Londono (father) in Medellin, Colombia. Growing up, he has no brothers, just an older sister named Manuela Londono Arias.
It was quite obvious as a kid that Maluma was an athletic child; he displayed a keen interest in football and was opportune to compete in the lower divisions of Atletico National and Equidad Sports Club. Alongside his interest in soccer, Maluma also showed interest in singing at an early age and was well known in high school as a singer with great vocals. This made people encourage him to participate in local singing contests.
While still in tenth grade, he won a singing competition and this was what he needed to propel him to pursue a career in music. He started off with singing in local cafes and at the age of fifteen, he wrote a song titled No Quiero with his friend.
A year later, at the age of sixteen, his uncle Juan Parra presented him a birthday gift – a privilege to record the song No Quiero in a music studio. In 2010, he started singing classes and opted for the stage name Maluma which is a combination of the first two letters from each of the names of his immediate family members. It is said that his choice of Maluma as a stage name is a way of giving recognition to his family members. According to him, they have been the driving force behind his career.
In 2012, his career got a boost after the release of the single titled Farandulera. It became a big hit and was aired over radio stations in Colombia. This led to Sony Music and it’s subsidiary label Music Colombia picking interest in signing a contract with him to record his first studio album. Before the album was released, the label launched another of his single titled Loco which was also a big success.
His debut studio album, Magia was released in 2012 and was certified gold in Colombia. The first single on the album was titled Obsession and the video was shot at the Antioquia Department Railway Station. It starred the stunning Colombia model, Lina Posada.
Since the release of the video, it has received over 200 million views on YouTube. Other singles from the album like Miss Independent and Pasarla were also successful. Miss Independent got to number 2 on the national report songs chart. Above all, the album paved a way for him to be nominated as Best New Artist for 2012 Shock award.
2014 saw Maluma doing a collaboration with Elvis Crespo for the 2014 FIFA World Cup theme song titled Ole. In the same year, he appeared as both coach and judge in The Voice Kids Show. He was also requested to host 2014 Kids Choice Award in Colombia.
In 2015, he released his second studio album titled Pretty Boy, Dirty Boy. The album which was produced by Walter Kolm appeared on Top 10 Billboard of Hot Latin Songs. The following year, Maluma did collaborations with Shakira, Thalia, and Ricky Martins. The song Chantaje which he did with Shakira shot up to number one on Hot Latin Songs chart and was viewed over a billion times.
His Net Worth
With a fledging career as one of the most popular figures in Latin American music, Maluma’s net worth is estimated at a modest $1 million. Of course, this figure is expected to soar if he keeps up with his exploits in the entertainment industry.
Girlfriend, Is Maluma Gay?
After Maluma and Rick Martin released the single Vente Pa’Ca, rumors spread that both of them were in a romantic relationship. However, Maluma was quick to put the rumor to rest by stating that he is not gay and not involved in any sort of romantic relationship with Ricky Martin.
Maluma’s girlfriend is Natalia Barulich. The couple met on the set of his music video Felices Los 4 which was released in April 2017. Both of them made their relationship public towards the end of January 2018.
Height – How Tall Is He?
Maluma is not necessarily the tallest of men, he stands at 178 cm (5 ft. 9′ in.) and weighs 70 kg (155 lb). His body measurements are as follows:
Chest – 42 Inches
Waist – 32 Inches
Biceps – 13 Inches