It’s not every day you accidentally spill your celebrity crush secrets to that very celebrity crush.
Chicago’s WGN reporter Ana Belaval experienced just that last week when she found herself on-air via satellite with none other than Ricky Martin, who has been promoting his latest project, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.
Belaval got a chance to ask Martin about Puerto Rico and on-the ground recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Maria. After the interview, she began freaking out about the fact she was able to speak to the singer and actor, completely unaware that he was still tuned in.
“She’s in tears right now, seriously,” one of the on-air anchors commented, all while Martin is laughing on the other side of the split screen.
“I seriously went very berserk on [WGN entertainment reporter] Dean Richards because you have to understand, when you’re part of a minority, and you don’t have a lot of role models in media, and you have a Ricky Martin that wherever you go in the world, it’s a good name to mention as a Puerto Rican, oh my goodness you feel related to him,” she explained to the anchors, completely unaware that Martin himself was listening in on the moment.
She goes on joking about being a part of his life and taking care of his kids before Martin chimes in, saying, “I love what I’m hearing, I love it.”
Belaval then realizes he was privy to her moment and loses it. “Please, I don’t want to be involved in an another American crime story,” he joked.
Martin, who was born in Puerto Rico, has been an outspoken advocate for the U.S. territory over the years. In 2017 he was awarded the Corazón Latino Award at the iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina awards for his recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and his humanitarian work to end human trafficking.