Ricky Martin Comes Out Of The Closet

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Ricky Martin, Latin popstar, actor and father of twins, has today confirmed long-running rumors that he is a gay man. On his personal blog on his official website, Ricky opens up about his decision to announce to the world that he is a “proud … homosexual man”. I, for one, am thrilled!! Anytime a person finds the strength within themselves to open up about something so personal on a large public scale there is much cause for celebration! Here is the full text of Ricky’s blog announcement:

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.

Ricky’s blogpost announcement continues, after the jump …

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

This is just fantastic news!! I am so happy for Ricky. I know he will be much happier being open and honest about who he is … surely, his sons will benefit from his decision to come out. Secrets can be very harmful … teaching his sons that being proud of who you are is a very valuable lesson that will serve them well as they grow and mature. Well done, Ricky!! You have legions of people supporting your decision to come out :) Woot!!

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  • nicole

    Well damn. its about time!

  • CHASE

    This is amazing! However, this isn’t really surprising. This can do wonders for his career, too! I’m sure once he releases new music, the gays will flock to it, fur sure! ; )

  • dana j

    Ricky Martin is gay. In other news Lance Bass and Clay Aiken are also gay. Not TOTALLY shocked by this news, but I’m really happy that he was able to come out and tell the world about this. that’s a huge accomplishment

  • Jim G

    Bravo Ricky and thank you for the example you are setting.

  • paige

    The sky is blue but anyway good for him.

  • Monica

    Good for him! Not a surprise of course but so happy for him. Congrats Ricky – you go!

  • Manda

    Was there ever any doubt?

  • debho

    I wonder if Ricky is surprised that the public is NOT surprised by his announcement?

  • ausettofegypt

    you have my support!

  • oneteacher

    Love, Love, Love him!!

  • g

    @ Manda I don’t think people ever doubted. But it doesn’t matter. It shouldn’t matter. What matters is that he was able to freely express who he is. That is newsworthy. Ricky didn’t have to let anyone in the world know. But this will inspire other people of the world to realize they don’t have to hide who they are.

  • Good for Ricky. Now he can be free and not worry about people finding out the truth. It takes guts to come out in homophobic America, look at how they treated Adam Lambert, they still start topic with ” OPENLY GAY SINGER ADAM LAMBERT” instead of amazingly talented Adam Lambert. Shame on the reporters who treat gay people differently, we are all same God’s children,and God does not love hate toward his children so stop the hate and love regardless of person’s orientation.

  • Suz

    Yay Ricky! This clearly an emotional moment for him, and he should be very proud.

  • lilpe

    yes, yes, everyone knew, but its definitely worth celebrating because he finally had the balls to say it, congrats dude!

  • Kara

    Well FINALLY! With everyone already suspecting/believing it, I wonder why he felt the need to keep quiet about it for so long? What was there to hide? If people ask, why not tell the truth?
    Glad he finally did though. :)

  • p

    YAAAY RICKY! This made me smile :)

  • Bruce

    I’m so proud of him!!!!

  • Masher

    Good for him! Now, I’ll have you know that he can still park his slippers under my bed in my dreams. Just because your team has him, doesn’t mean I can’t still dream about him, right!?

  • Keri

    What a well written announcement! I’m so proud of Ricky. I can’t imagine the struggles he (and all homosexual people) have to deal with. Making such a public announcement, even though he owed no one but himself the truth is so brave and encouraging. The fact that he wanted the world to know something so private is humbling in the sense that he has faith in all of us, that we will take this knowledge about him, and continue to appreciate what he does and who he is without hindrance and continue to love him for who he is. We all can only hope his truth, his happiness, his courage and strength will guide someone else to make the same choice. Way to go Ricky!!!!

  • Eboney

    @ Masher I second that emotion. LOL Congrats Ricky. This is a big decision and I am glad that he is in a place where he can be his full self. I will continue to support and his music. His last album was amazing.

  • Sammy Sanchez

    Well as a gay man, I knew this from years ago but living in this cruel world and knowing how ignorant and immature people can be towards gay people, I’m glad he kept it that way for years… Ricky my hats go off to you and my most respect goes to you.. you are great role model and someone who I can look up to in life..

  • CB

    I hope that one day everyone can feel proud of who they are without the fear of judgment. Yay for Ricky!

  • la diva latina

    WTG Ricky! I have always been a fan and will continue to do so.

    People who say “what’s the big deal” forget that the majority of his career he has been soley a “latin artist”. I hate to spread sterotypes-but a HUGE percentage of Latins are 100x more homophobic than Americans…his handlers and managers were protecting their business…it sucks but its true-they made him hide his sexual orientation because if he had come out 20 years ago he would not be as succesful as he is today…

    I’m proud that he was finally able to come out!
    I love you Ricky and you’re still one of the sexiest artists in the world!

  • Emily

    I knew he was gay when I came (heavily) onto him after a concert and he looked the other way!!! I’m happy he finally came out….for his fans his partner, his family, his sons, but especially for him. Bravo Ricky!

  • ashley

    I’m glad that he is not ashamed of himself and that took guts to come out publicly.

  • Ana

    I’m so happy and proud of him!

  • krissy

    I am so happy for him!!!!! I can’t imagine what he must have gone through all of these years. Wish I could give him a big ol’ hug!

  • N

    Good for him! And what a great example he’s setting for his kids – teaching them that they can live honestly and without fear is pretty powerful and awesome.
    While I don’t know any of his music, he seems like a wonderful, well-grounded guy, and I wish him nothing but happiness.

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  • Rachel

    I am proud of him making this announcement to the world but also I am heart broken. I love Ricky Martin, I still have his poster up on my wall! I wish he would come back to Australia for another concert, or even better a cd signing thing where I last time met him face to face!! I am such a huge fan and will be forever, I’m just upset that my fantasy dream of marrying him will no longer come true ;) but I am very happy for him and extremely proud of him for overcoming his fears and now being able to be true to himself and to the rest of the world!

  • Tasha

    I’ve loved Ricky Martin’s music for years, this only makes me like him more. I’m kind of offended by the E! columnist Answer B!tch, she’s really tweeting some nasty comments right now, to say the least. http://twitter.com/answerbitch
    I think calling him a coward for not coming out before is going a little far.

  • Jenn

    Why it’s not surprising I wish he had been brave enough to come out before. I’m still proud of him though.

  • Alexa

    ….also, the pope is catholic(!)

  • Morgan

    Shock of the century!

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  • adrinila

    Gosh that’s such a BRAVE step, and I’m so happy to be his fan!!, he’s a beautiful person inside and outside and now he’ll feel BETTER!!, everyone have the right to live the way they choose to do it!! :)

  • Joan

    I’m so proud of Ricky. He is fantastic. Some people don’t realize he has been on the eye of the media since he was around 12. I’m just happy he has found his way, and that now he feels empowered enough to share it with the world. Many blessing for him and his family. As a side point, it bugs me to no end to listen to the American media say things like “he has not had a hit in years” yadda yadda, always bringing up the Lin\vin La Vida Loca as a point of reference. They forget that Ricky WAS and IS a Latin artist, who has been, and is, amazingly loved, who is popular around the world. Ricky’s career was not his American crossover. He has been making music since he was a little kid, and he has continued to do so, in his native language, Spanish. American radio is not the radio of the World.

  • Silly

    Anderson Cooper next?

  • Carlos David Surget

    THIS IS DISGUSTING!! “NOW” HE’S A PROUD HOMOSEXUAL…NOW HE’S WRITING HIS MEMOIRES, I AM A GAY MAN AND GAVE UP EVERYTHING TO BE FREE AND PROUD AT 16 Y.O., YOU DON’T SEEM TO BE THAT PROUD OF YOURSELF RICKY.

    • @Carols David Surget — As a gay man you should understand that everyone comes out in their own time.

  • Mark

    Good for him.

    Too bad nobody gives a shit.

    • @Mark — Actually, people do care … even you took the time to comment.

  • periz

    though i am not surprised it was a beautifuly writing coming out.

  • squirrel nuts

    wow and no one ever knew it.
    this just in…everybody poops but not one gives a sh*t

  • Illise

    Not a big shock just a shame cause he is really hot lol i have been seeing him since like i was 10 years old he was big here in latin america long before he was big in USA im just happy that he came out lol

  • anon

    The first step is admitting you have a problem.

  • Tell us when you do, Anon.

  • yea!!

    Congrats to Ricky! For a lot of people it may be easy to come out, no big deal, but it wasn’t at all for me either. Now he’ll know who truly loves Ricky for who he is, all of him! The ones that can’t handle it will no longer take up space in his life. Straight people never have to announce their sexuality, so it’s easy for some of them to say, “what’s the big deal?” It takes a lot of guts to speak out for who you are, when you’re different from the status quo, & now he’ll find he’s not alone at all. Welcome out! Welcome to your life!

  • Jhoel Díaz

    Eres valiente y espiritual. En El Salvador, Centro América, te amamos.

  • Heather

    Good for you, Ricky!

  • Ricky! What ever you are selling, and I’m sure you’re selling something, I’m not buying it.

  • anon

    * yawn *

  • Mark

    Good for him!! Honestly should be applauded. As for all the people that say so what and they knew already, well that may be the case, but perhaps that made this step harder for him. Well done Ricky! Enjoy your freedom. :-)

  • brandon

    I my self didn’t come out til I was 28 or 29 and we all do it at our own time. No this is not shocking news, but he could have stayed closeted forever like many people do…

  • Kattmow

    Um, not a massive shock at all! when I was 8 and ” she bangs” came on tv I said to my mom ” he’s gay”.
    Good for him anyways.

  • dclover

    Here on the local spanish radio station I could not believe how many people were just bashing him. as someone else posted, latin america is much more homophobic than we are, he above all people understands that, and i admire him so much more for coming out.

    • @dclover — I’m always very disgusted with how easy it is for minorities to hate other minorities. It’s just, gross.

  • FK

    I thought that was a beautiful statement. Good for him!

  • oneteacher

    Trent–anyone hating anyone, minority or not, just because they are not carbon copies of themselves is disgusting. If the Latin community chooses not to embrace that wonderful, sweet, caring, (and very gorgeous) man, there are plenty of other places that will gladly do so. Loved him before his “announcement,” love him even more now.

    • @oneteacher — “anyone hating anyone, minority or not, just because they are not carbon copies of themselves is disgusting” yes, that should go without saying :(

  • Kris

    Well…I thought it had been established he was gay about three years ago. Then again he always has half naked girls in his videos. Good for him, though!

  • katmoww

    In a way, I think its kinda sick that people have to live in denile of who they are. Its been pretty damn obvious that he isnt a straight man since forever. People realy shoulnt have to deny who they are attracted to, its a sad world we live in when “celebrities” or anyone for that matter have to blatently lie for years over their sexuality just to please everyone else, it goes to show what a sad fucked up world we live in, when you have to claim to be somthing your not, or deny yourself inner peace or happyness just because ignornet morons belive that you are any less of a person cause of your sexuality. I mean its a good thing that hes finaly came out, but realy he shouldnt of had to “cover” it up for as long as he did. But the sad thing is it just doesnt stop and start with sexuality, there are so many factors which will prevent you from been sucsessful if your not “normal” what ever the fuck normal is anyways. Sad times!

    • @katmoww — I wouldn’t necessarily call these “sad times”, on the contrary I’d say they are revolutionary times. More people are becoming comfortable with coming out and our country is on the verge of legalizing marriage-equality for everyone. It’s sad, yes, that there is still hatred and prejudice … but I’m very hopeful it will become the norm to be more accepting.

  • oneteacher

    Oh, there is just no other subject that gets me going than this one—-for all of those people who imply that Ricky “owed” it to everyone to come out—it’s just such nonsense. We are not entitled to know anything of his private life unless he chooses to share it. I buy his records, concert tickets etc. because I love his music. He is entitled to his privacy and even more so now that he has those two beautiful boys to look after. That he did choose to share his private life should be applauded, it is an extremely difficult choice (unfortunately). As a mother of teenagers who have many openly gay friends, I have seen all too often the toll coming out can take on a person’s life—-I have seen parents disown their own children, prejudice in the workplace, and just all around cruelty when these brave people choose to accept and openly embrace who they are. It sickens me to no end. I do believe that you are right, Trent, that change is coming and for those who choose to deny that change and who choose to continue to hate, shame on them—perhaps when they become the minority, they will fully understand the impact of their negative words and actions.
    And, Trent, it should also be noted that you provide such a positive role model for everyone–it’s why I come to your site instead of others. So, thanks for all that you do to foster a positive atmosphere and one that accepts everyone. :-)
    Stepping down off my soapbox for now.

  • CanadianFan

    I agree with ‘oneteacher’ – RM didn’t have to come out openly to everyone. What he did took lots of courage, and now he’s setting a good example to his boys.
    It’s one thing to come out to friends and family, but quite another to come out to everyone, some of who might not take the news so well.
    Kudos to you and everyone else who lives their life honestly and openly.

  • Janelle

    I was watching la vida loca yesterday and I’m not surprised the women of the late nineties were swooned into believing the straight-promotion for him. He has a VERY charming smile :) VERY happy for him that he is finally comfortable enough to come out. He has balls for coming out as a Latino man. <3

  • A

    I’m not surprised whatsoever.
    Good for him that he finally decided to get comfortable with who he really is!

  • Sharon

    I had no idea that he hadn’t already came out.

  • Hi Ricky! Im a big fan from Malaysia and I may be someone who you will never known exist but you are my idols forever…:)

    God blessed you Ricky!

  • Chelsea Leong

    I am a mother of one and I’ve never bought Ricky’s albums before, but I shall from now support his music. I shall get myself my first Ricky Martin album. I think it’s important that people don’t live a lie and although it took a long time, what’s important is that Ricky has finally done the right thing. Like what he says about fighting hate crime and promoting tolerance too. The celebrity world can do with more positive role models because unfortunately the young these days worship celebrities. Way to go, Ricky!

  • emptyaddy

    Ricky Martin is gay. Only those confused that it’s 1999 care. Next.

    • @emptyaddy — On the contrary, many people care and applaud his decision to come out. I do concur with your “Next”, hopefully other closeted celebs will come out too :)

  • Roger

    Who’s next?Matt Damon? :P

  • Roger

    Ben Affleck?

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  • loulou

    I’m happy for him. I love what he had to say about revealing the truth and setting himself free. There are a lot of positive messages there. I hope people pay attention to those instead.

  • SomeGuy

    I know he just came out of the closet, but maybe someone should have told him a long time ago that the closet door was standing wide open.

  • TT
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