BELatina’s Weekend Recap: JLo and Ben, Bad Bunny, And More

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Happy Monday, dear readers.

We hope your weekend was as restful as ours and that you are staying hydrated in these record-breaking temperatures. 

Before starting a new day, BELatina brings you the recap of the most important news of the weekend. After all, we want you to be always well informed.

From Bad Bunny’s Major League Baseball ovation to Jlo and Ben Affleck’s impromptu marriage, here’s the news you need to know to start your week.

Bad Bunny Conquers the MLB

The Puerto Rican singer was the MLB All-Star softball game real star, hitting two singles and bringing out baseball legends to bat at Dodger Stadium.

Bad Bunny, Quavo, JoJo Siwa, and Simu Liu were among the artists, actors, and athletes who participated in the MLB Celebrity Softball Game at Los Angeles Dodger Stadium on Saturday. However, after announcing his team’s roster, Bad Bunny received one of the biggest cheers from those in attendance.

Puerto Rico status bill introduced in House

Lawmakers in the House introduced a bill that would end Puerto Rico’s status as a territory, allowing the island’s residents to choose between three status options. The bill, a result of negotiations between lawmakers who supported statehood for the territory and lawmakers who wanted to hold a status convention, was formally introduced by Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee.

Ricky Martin to testify in Puerto Rico court

After his nephew’s complaint of domestic violence, the singer could face a 50-year prison sentence. Earlier this month, Ricky Martin received a restraining order after being accused of domestic violence in Puerto Rico, without the victim’s identity being revealed at the time. During the following days, Ricky’s brother, Eric Martin, identified the alleged victim as the interpreter’s nephew, Dennis Yadiel Sánchez. His nephew accused the singer of “exercising physical and psychological aggression” during their seven-month relationship, which allegedly ended just two months ago.

Another shooting in Indiana

A gunman shot and killed three people and injured two others at a mall in Indiana on Sunday evening before he was fatally shot by a bystander, officials said. The gunman, described as an adult male, was armed with a “long gun” and appears to have acted alone, Chief Jim Ison of the Greenwood Police Department said at a news conference. Officers responded to reports of shots fired at about 6 p.m. local time at the food court in Greenwood Park Mall in Greenwood, a city just south of Indianapolis. The two people wounded by the gunfire were hospitalized, Ison said, adding at a second news conference that they were in stable condition.

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck elope and get married in Las Vegas

Jennifer Lopez, and Ben Affleck got married in a Las Vegas drive-through chapel late on Saturday night, culminating a relationship that stretched over two decades in two separate romances and headlined countless tabloid covers. Lopez announced their marriage on Sunday in her newsletter for her fans, On the J Lo, with the heading “We did it.” Lopez initially made their engagement public in April in the same newsletter. “Love is beautiful. Love is kind. And it turns out love is patient. Twenty years patient,” she wrote in a message signed by Jennifer Lynn Affleck. Lopez wrote that the couple flew to Las Vegas on Saturday, stood in line for their license with four other couples, and were wed just after midnight at the Little White Chapel, a chapel boasting a drive-through “tunnel of love.”

Bad Bunny is the world’s number one artist, according to Bloomberg

After two fallow years for new music due to the pandemic, several of the biggest pop stars in the world emerged with new releases over the last couple of months. Drake, the recording artist of the year in 2016 and 2018, released a new album of house rap. BTS, the best-selling act of 2021, dropped “Proof.” Pulitzer Prize winner Kendrick Lamar released his first record in five years. Harry Styles and Beyonce competed for the song of summer. None of them could come close to Bad Bunny, who has topped Bloomberg’s Pop Star Power Rankings all year. The Puerto Rican musician had the best-selling album of the last two months and was the most-streamed act on both Spotify and YouTube, the world’s two largest music services. He has sold more than 1.4 million copies of his album “Un Verano Sin Ti” since its debut on May 6 and generated almost 3 billion streams on Spotify.

The Community of Madrid canceled the Puro Reggaeton Festival less than 24 hours before it was scheduled to take place

The Madrid Puro Reggaeton Festival that was to start last July 15 at the Wanda Metropolitano was canceled because the Community of Madrid had not authorized the celebration of the same alleging that it did not meet the necessary security conditions. The same sources have indicated that there is a previous negative report by the Municipal Police of the Madrid City Council in which it does not authorize or advise the celebration of the festival according to the security plans presented by the organization of the event —which are binding— and in addition, they were requesting it “out of time.” “Therefore, it will not be held because it does not meet the necessary security conditions as the Wanda is not a multipurpose space,” they added.