"I used to open for these big singers -- they were 20, 25 years old, and I was a kid with a Mickey Mouse voice, trying to speak Jamaican," recalls Jam."I was like the little brother."His favorite was then-rising star Daddy Yankee.

People came to love me because I was loving myself."Scoring a few regional indie hits, Jam re-emerged as part of a new wave of Medellin ­including J. In 2014 "Voy a Beber" broke through globally, reaching No. "He called me when I was here in Madrid last year: 'Hey, I'm Enrique Iglesias,' " recalls Jam with a laugh. "He's writing songs I love."Released in February, their collaboration, "El Perdón," an ­achingly romantic plea heavy on melody and reggae flourishes -- all touchstones of Medellin reggaeton -- went on to spend a ­whopping 30 weeks atop the Hot Latin Songs chart (it's ­currently No.

2), a run second only to Iglesias' 2014 smash "Bailando." In May, the song's success helped Jam secure a deal with Creative Artists Agency for representation.

It seems that she and actor Alejandro Nones, who played Paulo on , are quite the item. Apparently, the two met at an event and have been seen together ever since – most recently partying in New York.

When she premiered one of her movies in Colombia, he went to be by her side.

One of the biggest comebacks in Puerto Rico's rich musical history began in an unlikely place: more than 1,000 miles away, in Colombia.

That's where rapper-singer Nicky Jam, a star in ­reggaeton's explosion in the 1990s and early 2000s, exiled himself after ­torpedoing his career through drugs, alcohol and an ill-advised beef with his own mentor, Daddy Yankee.An impressed customer brought him to a local indie label, through which Jam released his rap/­reggae debut, , in 1994 at 14 years old.His bilingual flows caught the ­attention of DJs and vocalists whose mixtapes were ­forming the basis of a harder-edged sound that ­combined reggae rhythms with rapped vocals and Latin ­instrumentation: ­reggaeton.The pair became inseparable and collaborated on a handful of hits in the genre's turn-of-the-­millennium golden era ("En la Cama," "Guayando"). "I didn't know how to deal."Nicky Jam, Daddy Yankee Win Big at Premios Tu Mundo Yankee began criticizing his bad habits, even subtly checking him on a record. I took it too seriously and made a whole song for him," explains Jam, ­referring to a 2004 (slang for diss track) over Fat Joe's "Lean Back" instrumental.But the growing success was ­overwhelming, and Jam began abusing drugs and alcohol. "That wasn't a good choice, because he came with [2004 Billboard Hot 100 smash] 'Gasolina.' [I] looked stupid. La negra tiene tumba'o Cuando camina de la'o Por la calle ocho sin miedo we be wildin out Switching lanes on the freeway corriendo por miles A little foreplay like Bonnie and Clyde en el crimen Flossing jewels is not a felony How am I a playa ma?