Thursday, May 23, 2013
There isn't a closet in Hollywood big enough to keep former Menudo singer Ricky Martin inside. The "Livin' La Vida Loca" singer must have been crazy if he thought anyone still believed he was straight. After years of speculation, Martin has finally put the rumors to rest and come clean by coming out. Martin took to his official Web site to post the following statement, "I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am." Martin says that it was the birth of his twin sons via a surrogate that inspired him to speak out about his sexuality. He explains, "To keep living as I did up until today would be to indirectly diminish the glow that my kids where [sic] born with." The babies were born in August 2008. Martin admits that his family and friends long tried to convince him to keep on camping out in the closet for the sake of his career. Martin says, "Many people told me: 'Ricky, it's not important', 'it's not worth it', 'all the years you've worked and everything you've built will collapse', 'many people in the world are not ready to accept your truth, your reality, your nature'. 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. 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. Just recently Barbara Walters said the one thing she regretted most about her career was pushing Martin on the issue of his sexuality during an interview. Walters revealed to the Toronto Star, "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. A lot of people say that destroyed his career, and when I think back on it now, I feel it was an inappropriate question."