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Bad Bunny

Bad Bunny Broke the Rules of Latin Pop to Become Shining Star

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By Nicholas Vrchoticky

A quickly rising star who just finished performing in the Super Bowl halftime show this month, Bad Bunny is making a name for himself around the world as a talented bilingual singer and rapper, who can pat journalists on the back during red carpet interviews and light up the stage with a very particular sense of fashion.

It's obvious to those who know the traditional culture around Urbano that Bad Bunny breaks the rules with his progressive views, and it seems to be working out since he's one of the most streamed artists around the globe.

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From bagger to superstar

Shakira and Bad Bunny
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In just a few years, Bad Bunny has risen from humble beginnings to super-stardom. The singer grew up in Vega Baja as the son of a truck driver and a school teacher. Even before his fame, Bad Bunny would try to stand out by wearing the kind of dress skaters were known for or flashy patterned shirt.

To pay his way through college, he worked at an Econo grocery store, but at the same time, he was uploading his songs to SoundCloud, eventually grabbing the attention of a manager. Almost overnight, Bad Bunny made a name for himself.

Working with American Stars

Bad Bunny
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Recently, Bad Bunny performed with Shakira at the SuperBowl halftime show, which is a pretty big deal, but she's not the only star in the US that the singer has worked with.

Bad Bunny has worked with Cardi B, Daddy Yankee (another reggaeton star), Karol G, and Nicki Minaj. In 2018, Bad Bunny released a single with one of the bigest names in music, dropping "MIA" with Drake.

But Bad Bunny doesn't care about the fame, as he tells Billboard:

"The fame isn't important to me."

Progressively inclusive views

Bad Bunny
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It's not just the singer's musical talent or sense of style that draws fans to him. Bad Bunny's progressively inclusive views could certainly have something to do with it.

The singer led protests in Puerto Rico calling for the governor to resign and praised women on social media for not shaving their body hari. Bad Bunny also called out Don Omar for making anti-gay comments in a tweet, saying:

"Homophobia in this day and age? How embarrassing, man."

He's written songs on domestic violence, while his videos are known to include same-sex couples, trans people, and people who have disabilities.

He views sexuality as being fluid

Bad Bunny and other
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Given some of his progressive views that we've already talked about, it's not too surprising that Bad Bunny seems to think sexuality is fluid, and he seems disinterested in questions about his own sexual preferences. He told the LA Times:

"It does not define me. At the end of the day, I don’t know if in 20 years I will like a man. One never knows in life. But at the moment I am heterosexual and I like women."

When asked who he was seeing, he declined to give a name.

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