Ricky Martin thanks fans for support over father’s illness

FILE – In this June 21, 2016 file photo, singer Ricky Martin arrives for the Giorgio Armani men’s Spring-Summer 2016-2017 fashion show in Milan, Italy. Martin thanked his fans in a statement Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016 for their support following the hospitalization of his father Enrique Martin. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Pop star Ricky Martin is thanking fans for their support following the hospitalization of his father Enrique Martin.

The singer has issued a Saturday statement saying he’s “close to his father along with his nuclear family.” And he’s asking that people allow the family to deal with the illness in a private manner.

News that the pop star’s father was ill emerged in a social media posting early Friday by Martin’s brother Eric. He initially described his father’s condition as “super bad,” but subsequently reported an improvement in his condition.

El Nuevo Dia newspaper reported that Martin was in Puerto Rico with his two sons and boyfriend to spend Christmas with his family when his father became ill.