International pop star Pitbull knocked it out of the parkwhen he performed live in our “Good Morning America” summer concert series inMay, and we just can’t get enough of him.
ABC News’Cecilia Vega went behind the scenes with the megastar for 24 hours to get aglimpse into everything from the empire of his Mr. Worldwide lifestyle, to thereal Pitbull, Armando Perez.
“Are youready for us?” Vega asked Pitbull.
“No, thequestion is, ‘Are you ready for me?” he replied without missing a beat.
Vega’sjourney starts backstage at a concert in Tampa where, in his dressing room, shefinds out those non-stop parties in all of his songs are not just an act.
“What areyou thinking about right before you get on stage?” she asked Pitbull.
“What am Ithinking about?” he answers. “The only that counts in life. Having fun.”
His concertis one long, bumping, sweaty party. And when it’s over, the show must go onelsewhere, so he’s Miami-bound on a private jet where he gets down to business.
Pitbull laysout his plans for world domination at 30,000 feet in the air, and with amassive social media following of nearly 13 million Twitter followers and morethan 35 million Facebook likes, it seems he is already on his way.
He hasteamed up with some of the biggest names in the business, from Jennifer Lopezto Christina Aguilera, and Mr. Worldwide has also turned himself into aworldwide brand, from energy strips to vodka to cars.
“I read onereport that said you’re worth $20 million,” said Vega.
“Idefinitely don’t count it,” Pitbull, 32, replied. “And even if you tried tocount it, let me tell you, you couldn’t.”
But beforePitbull went global, he had to conquer his hometown first.
“All thisright here is Little Havana,” he explained. “This is legendary to Miami.”
Now, rightin the middle of the neighborhood where he grew up, the hip hop star is wearinga hard hat to build what he hopes will be his legacy outside of music, a stateof the art charter school called “Slam.”
“To me, it’sbigger than hip hop. This right here is global,” Pitbull said.
Vega drovewith Pitbull through Little Havana to see just how far he’s come from dealingdrugs to sold-out shows, and for Mr. Worldwide, there’s only one place to gofrom here.
“Everybody’strying to go to another planet now,” he said. “We make it Planet Pitt.”
Watchmore of our day in the life with Pitbull on “Nightline” TONIGHT at 12:35 a.m. ET
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