March 29th, 2010
04:54 PM ET

Full statement: Ricky Martin confirms he is a 'homosexual man'

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Ricky Martin has released the following statement on his website:

A few months ago I decided to write my memoirs, a project I knew was going to bring me closer to an amazing turning point in my life. 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. Writing this account of my life, I got very close to my truth. And this is something worth celebrating.

For many years, there has been only one place where I am in touch with my emotions fearlessly and that's the stage. Being on stage fills my soul in many ways, almost completely. It's my vice. The music, the lights and the roar of the audience are elements that make me feel capable of anything. This rush of adrenaline is incredibly addictive. I don't ever want to stop feeling these emotions. But it is serenity that brings me to where I'm at right now. An amazing emotional place of comprehension, reflection and enlightenment. At this moment I'm feeling the same freedom I usually feel only on stage, without a doubt, I need to share.

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.

If someone asked me today, "Ricky, what are you afraid of?" I would answer "the blood that runs through the streets of countries at war...child slavery, terrorism...the cynicism of some people in positions of power, the misinterpretation of faith." But fear of my truth? Not at all! On the contrary, It fills me with strength and courage. This is just what I need especially now that I am the father of two beautiful boys that are so full of light and who with their outlook teach me new things every day. To keep living as I did up until today would be to indirectly diminish the glow that my kids where 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.

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.

What will happen from now on? It doesn't matter. I can only focus on what's happening to me in this moment. The word "happiness" takes on a new meaning for me as of today. It has been a very intense process. Every word that I write in this letter is born out of love, acceptance, detachment and real contentment. Writing this is a solid step towards my inner peace and vital part of my evolution.

I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am.

RM


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  1. Bielizna

    Hi just wanted to give you a quick heads up and let you know a few of the pictures aren't loading correctly. I'm not sure why but I think its a linking issue. I've tried it in two different web browsers and both show the same results.

    December 19, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. tony

    who cares

    ricky who? This guy is old news – maybe he's missing the limelight

    March 31, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. Josh

    Congrats, Ricky! You should give Adam Lambert a call! Talk about a hot couple, and HOT duet on stage!!!

    March 30, 2010 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. shirley

    Who care he just want to sell his book if anyone could not see he was
    gay they are blind come on people get with it how many song did he
    make some people never heard of him.

    March 30, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Done v..v..

    ......................................... RICKY ..................................

    No te creos (pero si) la majia y el diablo que estan dominando sobre tierra, hay que vencer al enemigo, piensalo dos veces antes no ahora si!.

    March 30, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Edward

    Ricky, I knew your real "self" the first time you really came into the musical scene. I, too, had to make a decision many years ago to free myself, stop sabotaging my life, and face the truth. It was not easy and there was much fall out; however, I have survived as you will. Ricky, you are a beautiful soul both physically and spiritually. Being "gay" is not the full essence our who we are; but just a part to the whole person. It is not the only gage that defines who we are. God Bless You and your family, Ricky. What a joy it would be to set down and talk; but, this is the only route to take at this time. Take care!

    Denver, CO

    March 30, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jacob

    As one gay man to another...be true to yourself.

    I'm very proud to say that I lived la vida loca when I was 15 lol

    March 30, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Rafael Garcia

    Ok, Now...Anderson C. your turn. GO Ricky!

    March 30, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Guy Blaise,Cary/USA

    Madre de Dios!

    Guy@guyblaise.com

    March 30, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jon

    Honey, we all knew it. Don't worry about anything but yourself and your beautiful sons! We are very proud of you!

    March 30, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Beenz

    File this one under "duh" and move on...

    March 30, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  12. Chechu - Chacarita

    6 a 1 con Bolivia!!!! Es un de-sas-tre!!! Piquetero De la Rua, Re-nun-cie!!!
    Gracias.
    Chechu de Chacarita..

    March 30, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  13. Garquia, Jose

    El hijo va por el mismo camino...por eso lo fletan a Canadá!!

    March 30, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  14. Garquia, Jose

    DM no es un empresario de Cipo?

    March 30, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  15. Aquiles Vaesta - La matanza

    Ricky, que linda sopresa. Esta noche paso por tu casa y nos pegamos una de aquellas con dos amigos que dan y reciben.

    Sos tremendo nene...

    March 30, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  16. Juan Schneider

    Era hora que el topu este se diera cuenta que el dolor de cola era por las noches con otros tipos y no por casos severos de hemorroides.
    Te quiero Ricky!!!

    March 30, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  17. Chewchilla

    Oh say it isn't so.........he always seemed so butch! lol..

    March 30, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  18. Acaceles ACA.

    Lo mas importante es que te sientas bien contigo mismo. Somos seres humanos con virtudes y defectos. Te acepto como eres porque eres tu y nadie mas. Mi admiracion es y sera la misma porque te quiero a ti, tu persona tu carisma. I Love you Ricky.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  19. angela

    shocking.....

    March 30, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  20. Carmen

    Good for yu i was not surprise to hear this news,i am pruod of yu coming out the closit.No body is to judge only God judge.

    March 30, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  21. jerry

    we are not suprised,seem like you telling that your mother is a girl!

    March 30, 2010 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  22. august

    don't worry we know that years ago...

    March 30, 2010 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  23. GOD IS HEARING READING AND WATCHING

    I knew that when I first saw him on t.v. long time ago, i'm sure others suspected it too long time ago, he won't turnaway from it because he enjoys it, but he won't enjoy whats coming down the road if he doesnt turn from it!!!!!

    March 30, 2010 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  24. Burroughs Check Scanners

    wow its really nice post thanks for sharing. i like it. and nice pic

    March 30, 2010 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  25. seth

    back in the spotlight for 20 minutes ..... who cares???

    March 30, 2010 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  26. camaya

    good for u my ricky. nothing bad to be gay
    be happy

    March 30, 2010 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
  27. Liza

    If he felt he needed to make a statement, no problem. His being gay is also no problem.

    March 30, 2010 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  28. Louis

    I salute you Ricky. There should not be one negative comment but of course there are always some ignorant imbeciles that must put their two cents in.
    Congratulations Ricky. It makes you no less of a person to become yourself.

    March 30, 2010 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  29. Heidi

    Thank you

    March 30, 2010 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
  30. Merced

    A person is not to be judge for what he is or was is to be judged for what hes done in life.
    Good for you.

    March 30, 2010 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
  31. yao

    wish you happy forever! rickey!
    i support you!

    March 30, 2010 at 5:43 am | Report abuse |
  32. CK

    News flash Ricky.........................we all knew already. That's been obvious forever but if u felt you needed to state the obvious then good for u

    March 30, 2010 at 5:39 am | Report abuse |
  33. Niccolo

    Thank you for coming out!!!

    I hope this will stimulate other famous gay people who are still in the closet to come out.

    March 30, 2010 at 5:32 am | Report abuse |
  34. lonely

    dude... im available, i just broke up :-)

    March 30, 2010 at 5:10 am | Report abuse |
  35. Shawn

    The time is always right when you say or do things on your on terms.

    “Laugh as much as you breathe
    and love as long as you live.”

    March 30, 2010 at 4:50 am | Report abuse |
  36. bob meek-laveck

    Congrats Ricky. That was a big step and I am proud of you for it; I have been there.. Have a great live and find the love that love loves you equally back.

    March 30, 2010 at 4:11 am | Report abuse |
  37. tom cruz

    You Inspired Me Ricky; I'm Next! Tom

    March 30, 2010 at 3:28 am | Report abuse |
  38. AJ

    I'm straight but I got more respect for you now than before Ricky, do your thing and let fate take its course.

    March 30, 2010 at 3:10 am | Report abuse |
  39. carla

    DUH! No surprise.................. we all knew it! Old news..............

    March 30, 2010 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
  40. SHAREL

    FELICITACIONES RICKY POR TU DESICION BIENBENIDO LA MEJOR SUERTE Y DIOS NUNCA DISCRIMINA AMA TO DOS POR IGUAL Y PROTEJE ..

    March 30, 2010 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
  41. Angel Arnold

    ...and this comes as a total shock to all of us??????
    WHY is this news????

    March 30, 2010 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
  42. Josh

    I knew he loves to bite the pillow, Ewww!

    March 30, 2010 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  43. From Spain

    Mr. AC?

    March 30, 2010 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  44. rockoko dude

    who the f*** is ur lover dude... let me guess, elton john!!!!! hmmmm... elton john – naughty boy

    March 30, 2010 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  45. DAMEJOEY

    LA VIDA LOCA!!! ... como te gusta mi pinga ,,,

    March 30, 2010 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  46. michelle

    WOW great...

    March 30, 2010 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  47. Fr

    Hey Ricky, you are wonderful, its no news though, at least there is nothing compare to being free. John Travolta wt'sup?

    March 30, 2010 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  48. joanne parvin

    I liked him before he came out, I liked him after he came out.

    March 30, 2010 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  49. RR

    Leave to poor gay alone.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Jordi Lassus

    I knew it !!! You've inspired me, I'm next !!!!

    March 29, 2010 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Gie Indonesia

    dear good......'m happy

    March 29, 2010 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Marketing

    Career nil+Upcoming Book="Startling revelation" to hopefully sell said book.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  53. John

    Welcome to the truth we've all known for years. But who cares? It's your music and your talent that I care about.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Brad Fraser

    Imagine the good he might've done if he'd come out at the peak of his fame instead of the decline. And with a book deal... What a surprise. Seems very opportunistic and cowardly to me.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  55. inwinterbleeding

    Is this Honestly a surprise to anyone?

    March 29, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  56. AJRoscoe

    I thought he had come out 8 years ago but oh well. Gotta do what he's gotta do.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Rico Martinez

    If gays are always claiming that they are a normal fact of life, I find very contradictory to make such a big issue to come out of the closet.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Anne McNeff

    it doesn't matter, you are who you are,,,

    March 29, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  59. John Wilks Booth

    hahaha living la vida libre lmao!

    March 29, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  60. John Wilks Booth

    HA! I KNEW HE WAS A FRUIT ALL ALONG!

    March 29, 2010 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Caribbean Reader

    It is not surprising that he announces that he is gay. In Puerto Rico it was the worst guarded secret in the Island. Maybe some people was hoping that he wasn't and nobody made a fuzz about it because he is a very likable person. Anyway, it gives a whole new meaning to "Living La Vida Loca".

    March 29, 2010 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  62. John L

    At last! Livin la vida libre.

    March 29, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  63. AAO

    Not a surprise...Who didn't know Ricky was living la vida loca??????

    March 29, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Myr

    I love You Ricky...always have and always will.

    March 29, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Orfeo

    Thanks Ricky Martin, I am not your fan, but I think what you did today is something that all people have to do, and will to the community accept it. thanks so much

    March 29, 2010 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  66. JOAN TARTARO

    EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!

    March 29, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Starling

    I'm about as surprised at this as I will be when Sen. Lindsey Graham comes out.

    March 29, 2010 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  68. D.C. al Fine

    Yawn.

    March 29, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Dorcas

    who gives a rat?

    March 29, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  70. mushymushroom

    Why am I not so surprised?!?

    Well, if it took him this long to figure it out, or it took this long before he can actually say it well congratulations because from now on you will be living your life truthfully.

    And i hope it can bring back your singing career.

    March 29, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  71. what

    Guess he was the last one in the world to figure it out.

    March 29, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Mikey

    Many, many people may find this as a joke to say certain things like 'DUH' or 'So what else is new'. It's hard however for one individual to even notice the truth of who they truly are when they've been told one thing and can't live the way they came into this world. It may be funny on some levels which hopefully a man of his popularity and look pass what his fans and other people say of him and just focus on who is. It may be funny for some but to actually be in his shoes is such a difficult position. I applaud him for what he did. Congratulations.

    March 29, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Noelia

    All my life I´ve been in love of him but, what change? nothing I will always support him I still love Ricky. I LOVE YOU Ricky straight or gay you´re an EXCELENT HUMAN BEING. GOD BLESS YOU and congratulations your kids are so beutiful just like their father .

    March 29, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Kels

    Good for you Ricky :) Peace and love to you.

    March 29, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  75. the pope

    In other news: the Pope is Catholic!

    March 29, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Cindy

    Maggie @ March 29th, 2010 5:28 pm ET, who are you to say what "normal" is? Why would someone who's gay want to follow the lifestyle you've chosen for them? He IS being normal. Just because you don't like it doesn't mean it's not.

    March 29, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Margarette

    Who cares. Have a good life with your kids, I wish I was in your shoes with all the money that you have.

    March 29, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  78. dizzy spins

    sorry ricky–everyone's free to come out on their own timetable, but doing it when yr shopping yr memoirs (and yr singing career is dead in the water) is waaay opportunistic. If Out or the Advocate put him on the cover, Im dropping my subscription...oh wait, i dont read either of those irrelevant rags.

    Who's next–Rick Astley?

    March 29, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Annah

    I always knew that Ricky was gay. I know to many gay men for my "gaydar" not to have gone off. I am so happy for you Ricky. I doesn't matter what anyone thinks or says, your coming out will make you so much happier and led to a happier life of honesty for yourself and your childern. Bless you and I hope you find a wonderful and loving man to share your life with

    March 29, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Bill B.

    He's one of the most beautiful men I've ever seen. Is he available?

    March 29, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Luz

    I still love you for everything that you are!!! Be proud of what you have achieved in life!

    March 29, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  82. arc

    Great. Now keep "living la vida loca" siempre seras mi amor platonico

    March 29, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  83. sole

    Very proud of you!
    It takes a lot of courage to do this nowadays when the media is so absurd about using intimate details of public figures for the privilege of good ratings. No reason to be ashamed when you are giving nothing but love!!!
    Los latinos te queremos, admiramos, y respetaremos siempre...

    March 29, 2010 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  84. karen

    Why are most people not surprised but if it makes you sleep better through the night then good luck to you ! well goin and do the dam thang! YA FA GAYS!

    March 29, 2010 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Mike

    Love you Ricky, Gay or straight.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  86. delta7

    So Ricky is a peter puffer – who knew?

    March 29, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  87. GG

    RM I salute you!!!!!

    March 29, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Iykeziri

    Wow its very save 2 be free. Ricky u did right and tak care of ur kids cos they mean alot 2 u.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  89. JohnC

    Seriously? Wow! No clue. BTW: Pity when an artist of any form believes it's courageous to come out. Usually it's too late 'cause they're (unfortunately) terminally ill or it's waaaaaay past it takes courage. Ellen coming out (while also not a shock) was much more courageous 'cause back in her day she could've easily been shunned and ruined. Elton John coming out took some balls.

    But for him to say like he did that he was told, "don't do it you'll ruin everything you've worked for," puh-leeeeeze! Dude, gay artists are not only accepted, it's almost a cliché. I'm with Diana on this one, great! Now that your career is pretty much dead and buried you want to come out.

    Great call Ricky, I'm sure your courage will inspire scores of gay men and women who are closeted and surely suffering in silence for legitimate, albeit wrong, reasons.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Jim H`

    What next? Jack from Will & Grace is going to come out of the closet ... oh, wait.

    THIS IS NOT NEWS PEOPLE ... anyone with any sense of gaydar knew this already.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Ranndie

    Eres Un Gran Hombre!! y un Gran Papa y Siempre Lo seras!!
    nada cambiara porque lo que TU ERES .. ERES! y eres UNA PERSONA ESPECIAL!...
    al leer esto! se que daras fuerzas a muchas mas personas!! sean en la misma situacion o en otra....
    EN SALIR ADELANTE SIN TENER MIEDO!!!
    Eres una estrella!! y Brillas aun mas!! AHORA demostrando Esa VALENTIA!!!
    Gracias por esas fuerzas!
    Besos
    RANNDIE :)

    March 29, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  92. julie

    At least he didn't marry some poor unknowing woman to hide the truth, which is what so many other people in Hollywood AND politics do in order to fool the public.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Vivian

    My hat off, and my respect, for Ricky Martin! Beautiful words he's shared. Unburdening the soul makes one stronger....

    March 29, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Felipe Rose

    Ricky, congratulations! to you and your babies and may you be blessed with more rays of love and sunshine! Now, Come and sing YMCA with us! Felipe Rose – Latin/Native American – Village People

    March 29, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Eleanor Gough

    Good for you Ricky!!!!!!!!

    March 29, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Peter

    No one really cares anymore if an artist is gay or straight. At least not here in europe – just make good music and we will buy it!
    But good on you mate – and dont worry... you will sell as much as you ever did – who knows perhaps even more

    March 29, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Bstar

    Champion – enjoy your 'freedom'

    March 29, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Commara

    Good for you Ricky,
    I know how difficult it was for you but just think no more hiding or denying. Still love you.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  99. christopher

    it is interesting the comments here and the lack of depth of understanding

    his stmt is a remarkable stmt of a man who has done his WORK. thousands and thousands of dollars have been spent to say and understand those words.

    they are a beautiful thesis for many to understand the process of coming out!

    March 29, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Z

    maybe a new musical production is coming out soon and is a new behavior of the artists to splash a scandal before a release to get the attention of those that do not known them and increase the sales and fanatics...

    remember Noelia and Elvis Crespo and their respective scandals??
    many people that didn't knew them, get the attention and started to get interest to know more about them.....

    incredible, what biz do for $$$...

    March 29, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Jason

    Being Free is a beautiful thing.
    Having the confidence, self love and happiness with self to, say "I am who I am!" is awesome!

    LOVE LOVES LOVE

    March 29, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Dimmi

    It's my time to come out now.... will tell my sister tomorrow!

    March 29, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Len

    ...and there are few hundred thousand women now crying around the globe...But, better honest with yourself than living a lie.

    Although this lie made him a superstar. Come to think of it, acting straight made a lot of certain people famous. Interesting...

    Regarding all the "oh, we knew he was gay" comments: betcha didn't think that when he jumped on the scene, especially writhing around with the ladies in the videos he made.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Cris

    cristiano ronaldo its your turn now....

    March 29, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  105. BB

    YOU AND ELLEN, WHO KNEW? NOT

    March 29, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  106. biff henderson

    you go Rico Suave >>>

    March 29, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  107. Dennis

    thank you Ricky, ok, next up, Mr. Cruise? Paging Mr. Tom Cruise....

    March 29, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Barb Salge

    Wait til Clooney comes out – you guys are going to be soooo surprised.

    BJS

    March 29, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Navyboy

    OMG!
    I mean, yeah we all knew, but who cares. Be who you have to be. Don't live a lie. I just hope people wont he-rang him for being gay. He still a good entertainer.
    Hey Ricky, be happy, be free.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  110. irma

    about time...

    March 29, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  111. Ben Martinez

    You go girl!

    March 29, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  112. iork

    Living la vida locaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!
    or

    living la vida, loca.
    XD

    March 29, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  113. Lukas, New York, NY

    Good for you. Now we just need John Travolta, Tom Cruise, Kevin Spacey and many others to do the same thing...

    xoxo

    March 29, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Tim

    Congrats....nothing has changed we still love you........

    March 29, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  115. debbie

    oh who cares – what a bunch of psycho babble that didn't even make sense. you act like the first person that ever came out of the closet. we all knew it anyway – so even if you had come out when you were 'on top' you would have survived. now this just looks like a ploy to get your name out there – because as they say, there is no such thing as bad publicity.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  116. Christine T.

    Good for him! Not that it should in any way matter but if it gives him some comfort then I say...go for it! Be proud of who you are!

    March 29, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  117. sheila

    not enterly surprised but happy for you Ricky Its better to release our truly selves

    March 29, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Tom

    I'd do him!!!

    March 29, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  119. Lydia

    Sad that he felt this was such a burden...that he really thought it would matter...I noticed a lot of gay people don't know that we already suspected. We don't care...and for the trifling few that care...they probably already knew too and did not support you anyway so WHO CARES. This just makes me love you more...I have been a fan since I was a little kid and you were in Menudo.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  120. Sean

    Are celebrity outing stories even news anymore?

    March 29, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  121. David E.

    So, that means that now I can say that you're very hot and maybe I can get lucky.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  122. Martina

    Straight or gay........ doesn't matter ....... you are wonderful human being ....... always Love you Ricky!

    March 29, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  123. notsoimportant

    abnormal!

    March 29, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  124. Barry

    so glad you came out Ricky! Now let's get some club hits a goin!

    March 29, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Mark VG in Dallas

    I know the struggle you went thru to do this. Good for you bud that you can continue your life in full truthfulness!!

    March 29, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  126. larry

    I knew it. Also he got to be the woman in the relationship.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  127. jean

    Oh my god get over urself! What a conceited thing to do.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  128. Cathi

    Armageddon must be coming. We all knew it, but for him to admit it! He's dashed many dreams...

    March 29, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  129. Jason

    Wow, I'd never have guessed. In other news, Sean Hayes (of Jack in "Will and Grace" fame) also came out last month. Wow! I'm shocked. But seriously, when will these celebrities realize that most of America doesn't care if you're gay or straight, and the ones that do probably weren't in your corner in the first place.

    Now if only the two resident Queens of the GOP Senate would come flying out of their closet. Seriously, Lindsay Graham and Mitch McConnell, even Stevie Wonder can tell you're gay from outer space.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  130. RichG

    No! Really? So what member of Menudo did you have the hots for?

    March 29, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  131. KevinBrown

    I wonder if Anderson Cooper will cover this story on "360" tonight? Would make for some interesting viewing

    March 29, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  132. SC

    Awesome job!!!

    March 29, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  133. melina

    i still love u ricky martin no matter what : )

    March 29, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  134. Jeepers

    Thank goodness he finally just said so. I'm glad he's out.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  135. Kathy

    How sad is it when a celebrity feels they have to make statements like this to lighten their burden - it should not matter. I never had to announce to the world that I was a straight female.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  136. coqui

    Love you Ricky. Your people will always love you and carry you in our hearts. You are awesome.!!!!!!!!!!!!! We are going to celebrate!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 29, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  137. Maggie

    OMG! Very disappointed...why can't people just be normal? be a kid, be a teenager, graduate, get married, have kids, have grandkids, rest in peace!

    March 29, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  138. FI

    Ok so I guess everyone else hiding will come out the closet now. End of times

    March 29, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  139. Jenn

    No way. Next they're gonna say George Michael is gay!

    March 29, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  140. John in AZ

    Well, we figured, but congrats anyway Ricky! Now go make a record, and make it saucy.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  141. WeLoveU_Anyways

    We all knew it, Ricky...

    God Bless You :-)

    March 29, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  142. Amanda

    Shocker.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  143. Diana

    Sure, it's easy to come out when you're career is basically non-existent these days. If he had come out when he was at the top of his game, THEN I would have thought he was brave. Oh well, at least he finally did it. Now when are all the other closet cases in Hollywood going to come out?

    March 29, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  144. Duane in Fremont.

    It's about time, most people already assumed it anyway. Now it's time for Queen Latifah and Anderson Cooper to do the same. Just come out, no one really cares but do yourself a favor and get the monkey off your back and live life fully. People like that are only lying to themselves and causing inner hidden turmoil.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  145. Tracy

    I am so happy for him. He has made peace with his public life and self; this is something that probably most people (gay or hetero) will never be able to do. What a beautiful and well written statement.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  146. Jeff

    Better late than never! Good for you for finally coming out!!

    March 29, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  147. canadian

    isn't he married to jennifer lopez????????

    March 29, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  148. phyllis

    I am glad he came out, most people knew he was gay, I am happy for him, if he wants that life style.

    I think it will affect his life as an entertainer, some people will look at him in a different light. I hope he can raise his children and be happy.

    peace out.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  149. Jeb

    Anderson!

    March 29, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  150. the_guy

    Big surprise...

    March 29, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  151. Elizabeth

    Duh-huh!!!!!

    But, glad that he is happy with you he is! Good job, RM!

    March 29, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  152. seraphim

    That's okay, Ricky. I was the last one to find out, too. I just hope you aren't using this an an opportunity to sensationalize publicity for your memoirs and are doing it because you earnestly want to live as an authentic, honest human being.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  153. NC

    We all figured this out years ago. Next story!!!!!

    March 29, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  154. lcastle

    No way! (sarcasm), I'm not sure who this would be news to.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  155. Dana

    Good for you Ricky.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  156. Sofrito

    No, really? Of course he's gay - everyone always knew. Who cares. Living la Vida Loca, baby!

    March 29, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  157. kjg

    how beautiful to be free ....may continue to be blessed

    March 29, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  158. DM

    I am so happy and proud of Ricky. I know him from a while back and I always knew he would "come out" when he felt it was time to do so. Te quiero mucho mi Ricky y estoy super orgulloso de ti!!

    DM

    March 29, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  159. James

    No surprise, but thank-you Ricky for coming out.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  160. Ernesto Campos

    Happy you are who you are! Toaster is in the mail.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  161. GeoB

    Like "THAT" was a revelation??? Who on earth thought he was straight??? LOL

    March 29, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  162. Pockets

    And the truth will set you free.

    March 29, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |

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