Bad Bunny Spills the Deets on the True Meaning Behind His Song "Andrea"
Weeks after the release of his new album Un verano sin ti, Bad Bunny is setting the record straight regarding the meaning behind the song "Andrea," which was linked by fans to the story of Andrea Ruiz, a woman who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in Puerto Rico after asking the court for legal support.
In an interview with Chente Ydrach, El Conejo Malo admitted the song is not about Ruiz, despite the rumors and viral news regarding the song's lyrics and meaning.
"I really don't know how to feel about it, I know it went viral and even came out in the news," the Grammy award-winning artist began. "In part, I like the idea that people take the songs and give them their own meaning, but it's a little bit dangerous in the way they do so with so much certainty."
Ruiz, who the song was presumed to be about, testified in court under Puerto Rico's domestic violence intervention and protection law after they denied her petition for a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend, Miguel Ocasio. However, despite her pleading, the judge found "no cause" for arresting him.
A month later, on April 28, 2021, the 35-year-old woman was found burned on the side of the road. Ocasio confessed to killing Ruiz, according to the police.
"If you listen to the song, it's about someone who fortunately is still alive. The Andrea from the song is alive, with the desire to grow, be free, dream, be respected and understood," he explained. "But at the same time, it's cool for people to give it their own meaning however they wish to do so."
The artist, who collaborated with Buscabulla for the track, is flattered that so many women have identified with the lyrics of the song, however, he is cautious regarding disrespect toward Ruiz's family and how they would feel about the rumors.
"The person I'm talking about in the song could easily be Andrea [Ruiz], the woman that was murdered, just as it could be a million other women that have been victims of gender-based violence," he said. "But it hit me that people just assumed. They should respect playing like that with the feelings of her family members. Honestly, the woman from that song could have had any name. I was looking for what to name her because I didn't want to use the same name as the real person it was inspired by."
However, the "Yo perreo sola" vocalist continues to be a champion for female empowerment and continues to advocate against gender-based violence.
"I love that many women have found themselves identified with it and perhaps that the family members of Andrea can identify her with it," he concluded. "Surely there were also many women who have been murdered that are that Andrea [from the song]. The reality and purpose of the song is that the Andrea from the song is still alive and wants to stay alive."