Ricky Martin endorses Hillary Clinton for president

Ricky Martin performs at 103.5 KTU's KTUphoria 2015 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on May 31, 2015 in Wantagh, New York.

Dimitrios Kambouris

Puerto Rican pop star Ricky Martin is standing by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016, endorsing her as a "Latina at heart" on Wednesday.

In a tweet, the "Livin' la Vida Loca" singer said he was "proud" to back the former secretary of state's White House campaign:

Proud to support @HillaryClinton, a Latina at heart. Text RICKY to 47246 to join us. ¡Pa´lante! #WEPA #Hillary2016

- Ricky Martin (@ricky_martin) December 2, 2015

Asking followers to join in support, Martin's tweet urged "¡Pa´lante!" -- a contraction of "para adelante" and Puerto Rican slang for "Forward!"

"¡Pa´lante!" is also a lyric in Martin's popular Spanish song, "Maria."

In a Buzzfeed News interview Wednesday, Martin explained his endorsement, saying, "Time after time, Hillary has shown her commitment to the Latino community and that is why I'm proud to support her and to stand with her because ella está con nosotros y nuestras familias [she is with us and our families]."