Puerto Rican superstar Daddy Yankee has announced that he is giving up music to devote his life to religion.

The rapper known for his international chart hits Despacito and Gasolina revealed the news to fans at the final concert of his ‘La Última Vuelta’ (The Last Round) world tour.

“Living a successful life is not the same as living a life of purpose,” the 46-year-old rapper told the crowd.

“For a long time I was trying to fill a void … that no one could fill,” he added, saying faith saved him.

“That’s why tonight I recognized and I’m not ashamed to tell the world that Jesus lives in me and that I will live for him,” he emphasized.

It’s a sudden change for one of reggaeton’s leading voices, the BBC reports. The music genre that emerged in Panama and Puerto Rico in the 1990s is characterized by sexually charged lyrics or protest messages and is a combination of reggae music with Latin American dancehall music and hip-hop.

Yankee, born Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez, has been one of the most important ambassadors of the genre, with several international hits, Barrio Fino, Con Calma and Rompe.

After releasing his first solo record in 1995, he became the best-selling Latin artist of the 2000s and collaborated with everyone from Justin Bieber to Janet Jackson, the Jonas Brothers and Snoop Dogg.

In March he announced his decision to retire from the music industry, released his first album in a decade – titled Legendaddy – and promised a major tour.

As he wrapped up his final concert at a packed Coliseo de Puerto Rico in San Juan, the star thanked his fans for their support and urged them to “follow Jesus Christ, who is the way, the truth and the life.” while a group of drones appeared above the stadium, forming the shape of a cross.