The Latino pop star Ricky Martin dodged questions about his sexuality for years. But, the “Livin’ La Vida Loca” singer decided to publicly speak out on his gay status. “I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man,” Martin opens up on his gay status and wrote in a post featured on his official website. “I am very blessed to be who I am.”
Ricky speaks up on being gay
Ricky Martin is opening up about coming out – and why it took him so long.The 46-year-old pop superstar and actor appeared on The Daily Show With Trevor Noah on Wednesday (January 17) to talk about his role in American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, and how the story of Gianni Versace’s struggle to come out related to his own.”I needed to be part of this,” says Martin, wed to painter Jwan Yosef. Martin opens up on his gay status and said “The ups and downs, the frustrations, the uncertainty, the fear of losing your career because you’re gay is something that is there. I needed to talk on behalf of the many people who are, unfortunately, not able to feel as complete as I feel right now.”
He explained to Trevor :
“My friend, you have no idea how it took me a while,The thing is that I was surrounded by friends that were telling me, ‘Don’t! Don’t come out that will be the end of your career.It was people that love me, people that mean well and people that were just victims of homophobia. You know, I grew up in this culture that told me that my feelings were horrible, that my feelings were evil. And if you add to that, you know, that I was like a heartthrob, like a sex symbol…that’s why everyone was telling me that it was going to be the end of my career,”
“It was extremely painful for me until I said, ‘I can’t take it anymore. It’s all about me now, it’s not about what’s happening outside, it’s about what I need in order to be happy.”
Martin’s First meeting with Antonio
He couldn’t talk to Antonio before because the network advised him not to. Talking to Antonio was emotional.He had tears and was choking. They talked about the love he had for Gianni. That is something that he really wanted to bring out. There’s a lot of injustice, but the love they had was indestructible he added.
Gianni’s story’s effect on Martin
Martin said that he was a gay man that lived in the closet for many years. To see the process of Gianni actually coming out and sitting down in front of a journalist to talk about his reality is something that moved me him in many ways. Even though everybody knew about Gianni’s relationship with Antonio, the fact that they couldn’t be as open as Martin was right now with his relationship is something that really frustrated him.Martin opens up on his gay status and said Gianni’s story affected him a lot.
How Martin dealt with emotions
Driving home, Martin said, he would open the windows and scream and cry and laugh. He would immerse himself completely. He told his family to please back him up because this was as serious as it gets in the sense of the amount of emotions he dealt with.