March 29, 2010 | by Staff reports
Ricky Martin: I’m gay

Ricky Martin (Photo courtesy of rickymartin.com)

Recording artist Ricky Martin announced on his web site Monday that he is gay.

“I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man,” he says in an open letter to his fans. “I am very blessed to be who I am.”

Martin, 38, has long faced questions regarding his sexual orientation. The complete letter published to his web site is reproduced below.

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 thisis 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.

9 Comments
  • How can he say, “I am proud to say” after he’s been too embarrassed to “say” for all these years? Perhaps his career is so deep in the toilet that now he needs a new fan base. Too bad he doesn’t realize that this new fan base is his OLD fan base which he denied himself being a member of for so many years.

  • Hooray for Ricky! Angelo Gracias, another former Menudos member is also gay.

  • It takes “time” for some people to come out. I am proud of Ricky and I’m an even bigger fan of his now that I know without a doubt that he is gay =)

  • I’m glad he decided to come out on his own as opposed to doing it after being outed. Also, he isn’t washed up and still has a career, all be it most likely on the decline. His coming out helps America and the world see that we are everywhere and not at all unlike the majority straight population.

  • Peter Rosenstein

    Every person goes through the coming out process in their own way and their own time. I am glad that Ricky Martin has now gone through that process. Maybe his coming out will make it easier for other Latino boys and men to do the same.

    The more well-known and respected people come out the better life will be for all of us. I wish that some of our Gay and Lesbian political leaders would follow Ricky Martin and come out.

    Ricky Martin never disparaged the gay community so his taking this long to say what so many people already knew is OK. He had to do this when he was ready.

  • Welcome to the Family Ricky! Don’t listen to idiots like Bob K. We all find our way to light on our own time.

  • David Halbeisen

    Coming out is a personal decision without respect for what others think about the decision or the timing. Whether perceived or real, coming out carries a risk of loss of family, loss of friends, loss of a job, and more. Perhaps the man just wants to be Ricky Martin, not the latest gay icon. Leave him alone, just as many others managed to come out without a media circus.

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