Daddy Yankee Ushers in a Life Closer to God 1:37

(CNN) -- Reggaeton superstar Daddy Yankee has announced the end of his music career to dedicate his life to his Christian faith.

In a speech at the end of his final concert on Sunday, the singer, whose real name is Ramon Luis Ayala Rodriguez, told the crowd that he had come to realize that "living a successful life is not the same as living a purposeful life."

"For a long time I've tried to fill a void in my life that no one else could fill. I tried to fill it in and find a purpose in my life... On many occasions it seemed that I was happy but something was missing to feel complete," he said on stage in his hometown of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

"I have to tell you that those days are long gone, someone has been able to fill the emptiness that I felt for so long," the 46-year-old singer continued.

"I'm not ashamed to tell the whole world that Jesus lives in me and that I will live for him," he said, adding that "all the tools I have in my power like music, social media, platforms, a microphone — everything Jesus gave me — is now for the kingdom."


Daddy Yankee first announced that he would retire in March 2022, after a career spanning more than 30 years.

"This race, which has been a marathon, finally reaches the finish line. Now I'm going to enjoy what you all have given me," the singer said in a video statement posted on YouTube at the time. "People say I made this genre globally, but it was you who gave me the key to open the doors to make it the biggest in the world."

But before he hung up the mic for good, he released one last album, "Legendaddy," on March 24, and embarked on one last tour.

Over the course of his career, Daddy Yankee sold more than 30 million records.

"Gasolina," one of his best-known songs, came out in 2004 and is often credited with introducing reggaeton to an international audience.

In 2017, Yankee collaborated with compatriot Luis Fonsi on "Despacito," a record-breaking single that topped Billboard's Hot 100 for 16 weeks. It's also the second most-streamed YouTube video of all time.

CNN's Marysabel Huston-Crespo contributed to this report.