Ricky Martin: “I am a Fortunate Homosexual Man”
The singer of “Livin’ La Vida Loca” is officially out of the closet.
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Ricky Martin officially came out of the closet yesterday, taking to his website to proclaim, “I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am.” Of course, there aren’t very many of us who will be surprised by his revelation, but it’s a big move nevertheless to make a bold, open statement embracing his true self.
Though he’s not exactly the superstar in the States that he was in 1999 when “Livin La Vida Loca” came out, he’s still a huge deal in Latin America. Ricky says it was because of career advice that he officially stayed in the closet.
“Because all this advice came from people who I love dearly, I decided to move on with my life not sharing with the world my entire truth,” he said in his statement. “Allowing myself to be seduced by fear and insecurity became a self-fulfilling prophecy of sabotage. Today I take full responsibility for my decisions and my actions.”
Martin says it was working on his memoirs and also thinking about his two children that prompted him to finally address the rumors that have swirled about his sexuality since he first became famous – despite the gorgeous women he often appeared with.
“To keep living as I did up until today would be to indirectly diminish the glow that my kids where [sic] born with. Enough is enough. This has to change. This was not supposed to happen 5 or 10 years ago, it is supposed to happen now. Today is my day, this is my time, and this is my moment,” 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. Things that were too heavy for me to keep inside,” he said. “Writing this account of my life, I got very close to my truth. And this is something worth celebrating.”
We love you, Ricky! (Yahoo Music)