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.
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ricky who? This guy is old news – maybe he's missing the limelight
Congrats, Ricky! You should give Adam Lambert a call! Talk about a hot couple, and HOT duet on stage!!!
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.
......................................... 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!.
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!
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
Ok, Now...Anderson C. your turn. GO Ricky!
Madre de Dios!
Honey, we all knew it. Don't worry about anything but yourself and your beautiful sons! We are very proud of you!
File this one under "duh" and move on...
6 a 1 con Bolivia!!!! Es un de-sas-tre!!! Piquetero De la Rua, Re-nun-cie!!!
Chechu de Chacarita..
El hijo va por el mismo camino...por eso lo fletan a Canadá!!
DM no es un empresario de Cipo?
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...
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!!!
Oh say it isn't so.........he always seemed so butch! lol..
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.
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.
we are not suprised,seem like you telling that your mother is a girl!
don't worry we know that years ago...
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!!!!!
wow its really nice post thanks for sharing. i like it. and nice pic
back in the spotlight for 20 minutes ..... who cares???
good for u my ricky. nothing bad to be gay
If he felt he needed to make a statement, no problem. His being gay is also no problem.
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.
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.
wish you happy forever! rickey!
i support you!
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
Thank you for coming out!!!
I hope this will stimulate other famous gay people who are still in the closet to come out.
dude... im available, i just broke up :-)
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.”
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.
You Inspired Me Ricky; I'm Next! Tom
I'm straight but I got more respect for you now than before Ricky, do your thing and let fate take its course.
DUH! No surprise.................. we all knew it! Old news..............
FELICITACIONES RICKY POR TU DESICION BIENBENIDO LA MEJOR SUERTE Y DIOS NUNCA DISCRIMINA AMA TO DOS POR IGUAL Y PROTEJE ..
...and this comes as a total shock to all of us??????
WHY is this news????
I knew he loves to bite the pillow, Ewww!
who the f*** is ur lover dude... let me guess, elton john!!!!! hmmmm... elton john – naughty boy
LA VIDA LOCA!!! ... como te gusta mi pinga ,,,
Hey Ricky, you are wonderful, its no news though, at least there is nothing compare to being free. John Travolta wt'sup?
I liked him before he came out, I liked him after he came out.
Leave to poor gay alone.
I knew it !!! You've inspired me, I'm next !!!!
dear good......'m happy
Career nil+Upcoming Book="Startling revelation" to hopefully sell said book.
Welcome to the truth we've all known for years. But who cares? It's your music and your talent that I care about.
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.
Is this Honestly a surprise to anyone?
I thought he had come out 8 years ago but oh well. Gotta do what he's gotta do.
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.
it doesn't matter, you are who you are,,,
hahaha living la vida libre lmao!
HA! I KNEW HE WAS A FRUIT ALL ALONG!
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".
At last! Livin la vida libre.
Not a surprise...Who didn't know Ricky was living la vida loca??????
I love You Ricky...always have and always will.
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
I'm about as surprised at this as I will be when Sen. Lindsey Graham comes out.
who gives a rat?
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.
Guess he was the last one in the world to figure it out.
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.
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 .
Good for you Ricky :) Peace and love to you.
In other news: the Pope is Catholic!
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.
Who cares. Have a good life with your kids, I wish I was in your shoes with all the money that you have.
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?
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
He's one of the most beautiful men I've ever seen. Is he available?
I still love you for everything that you are!!! Be proud of what you have achieved in life!
Great. Now keep "living la vida loca" siempre seras mi amor platonico
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...
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!
Love you Ricky, Gay or straight.
So Ricky is a peter puffer – who knew?
RM I salute you!!!!!
Wow its very save 2 be free. Ricky u did right and tak care of ur kids cos they mean alot 2 u.
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.
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.
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!
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.
My hat off, and my respect, for Ricky Martin! Beautiful words he's shared. Unburdening the soul makes one stronger....
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
Good for you Ricky!!!!!!!!
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
Champion – enjoy your 'freedom'
Good for you Ricky,
I know how difficult it was for you but just think no more hiding or denying. Still love you.
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!
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 $$$...
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
It's my time to come out now.... will tell my sister tomorrow!
...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.
cristiano ronaldo its your turn now....
YOU AND ELLEN, WHO KNEW? NOT
you go Rico Suave >>>
thank you Ricky, ok, next up, Mr. Cruise? Paging Mr. Tom Cruise....
Wait til Clooney comes out – you guys are going to be soooo surprised.
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.
You go girl!
Living la vida locaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!
living la vida, loca.
Good for you. Now we just need John Travolta, Tom Cruise, Kevin Spacey and many others to do the same thing...
Congrats....nothing has changed we still love you........
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.
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!
not enterly surprised but happy for you Ricky Its better to release our truly selves
I'd do him!!!
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.
Are celebrity outing stories even news anymore?
So, that means that now I can say that you're very hot and maybe I can get lucky.
Straight or gay........ doesn't matter ....... you are wonderful human being ....... always Love you Ricky!
so glad you came out Ricky! Now let's get some club hits a goin!
I know the struggle you went thru to do this. Good for you bud that you can continue your life in full truthfulness!!
I knew it. Also he got to be the woman in the relationship.
Oh my god get over urself! What a conceited thing to do.
Armageddon must be coming. We all knew it, but for him to admit it! He's dashed many dreams...
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.
No! Really? So what member of Menudo did you have the hots for?
I wonder if Anderson Cooper will cover this story on "360" tonight? Would make for some interesting viewing
i still love u ricky martin no matter what : )
Thank goodness he finally just said so. I'm glad he's out.
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.
Love you Ricky. Your people will always love you and carry you in our hearts. You are awesome.!!!!!!!!!!!!! We are going to celebrate!!!!!!!!!!!!
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!
Ok so I guess everyone else hiding will come out the closet now. End of times
No way. Next they're gonna say George Michael is gay!
Well, we figured, but congrats anyway Ricky! Now go make a record, and make it saucy.
We all knew it, Ricky...
God Bless You :-)
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?
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.
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.
Better late than never! Good for you for finally coming out!!
isn't he married to jennifer lopez????????
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.
But, glad that he is happy with you he is! Good job, RM!
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.
We all figured this out years ago. Next story!!!!!
No way! (sarcasm), I'm not sure who this would be news to.
Good for you Ricky.
No, really? Of course he's gay - everyone always knew. Who cares. Living la Vida Loca, baby!
how beautiful to be free ....may continue to be blessed
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!!
No surprise, but thank-you Ricky for coming out.
Happy you are who you are! Toaster is in the mail.
Like "THAT" was a revelation??? Who on earth thought he was straight??? LOL
And the truth will set you free.
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