Ricky Martin Comes Out of the Closet: ‘Fortunate,’ ‘Proud’ Homosexual
March 29, 2010
(ChattahBox)— Pop singer Ricky Martin has been finally, officially and publicly declared to the world that he is gay. Although many of his fans wondered over the years, if he was gay, Martin avoided the issue, afraid it would harm his career. But as he nears 40, Martin decided to finally declare that not only is he gay but he is proud. “I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man,” Martin wrote on his official Web site. “I am very blessed to be who I am.”
Martin, a native of Puerto Rico, began his career with Latin boy band Menudo, before becoming a star with his hit song “Livin’ La Vida Loca.”
Martin said he realized he had to find his truth, while recently writing his memoirs. “I got very close to my truth,” he wrote. “From the moment I wrote the first phrase I was sure the book was the tool that was going to help me free myself from things I was carrying within me for a long time,” he wrote. “Things that were too heavy for me to keep inside.”
He said he also wanted to be honest with himself and the world, because of his two twin sons, conceived by a surrogate.
Martin wrote, “these years in silence and reflection made me stronger and reminded me that acceptance has to come from within and that this kind of truth gives me the power to conquer emotions I didn’t even know existed.”
He finally decided to no longer live in fear. “Allowing myself to be seduced by fear and insecurity became a self-fulfilling prophecy of sabotage,” he wrote. “Today I take full responsibility for my decisions and my actions.”
Babara Walters grilled Martin about his sexuality in a 2000 interview, in which he declined to address the issue. Now, a decade later, Walters recently commented that she regretted pressuring Martin. “In 2000, I pushed Ricky Martin very hard to admit if he was gay or not, and the way he refused to do it made everyone decide that he was,” she told The Toronto Star. “A lot of people say that destroyed his career, and when I think back on it now, I feel it was an inappropriate question.”
Martin is not sure what his future holds, but going forward he will no longer be hiding his sexual orientation.
“What will happen from now on? It doesn’t matter. I can only focus on what’s happening to me in this moment.”
Good for you Ricky!