Ricky Martin Comes Out as "Fortunate" Gay Man

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Ricky Martin, who has dodged questions of his sexuality for years now, officially revealed that he is a gay man in a statement on his website earlier today.

The Puerto Rican singer,, who is planning to write a memoir about his life, says the birth of his twin sons (via surrogate) led to his decision to come out.

Ricky's kids were born in August 2008, and similar to Clay Aiken, he says he did not want to live a lie while raising a child ... in Ricky's case two of them.

His coming out statement is well-written and at times poignant. You have to respect the honesty and emotion behind it, along with Martin's reasoning ...

"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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it was pretty obvious that ricky was gay when he had a nameless woman birth his kids. too bad the kids will never have a mom. that's just selfish, ricky.

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I think the world has gotten so little morals today, that people who would normally stand up for what is correct are beginning to feel as if they are the odd one. Everyone looks up and see that every program on television has a homosexual on it. So forget the bible if oprah accepts it, it's golden. So Ricky Martin have yourself a blast. I wish that the homosexuals would leave the word (Gay)alone, after all are heterosexuals (Sad) I think not. I say leave Mr. Martin be but, you don't have to agree with his life style. The bible is the bible.

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yeah i agree about 10 years to late too.
Not to mean, he seem very happy. But he had already established a fanbase and fame the easy way, by falling into line. Most gay star seem to wait when it is safe and they have already made their money, and fans. Clay Akien, Lance Bass, Ricky Martin even Elton John. It could have been easier for the next gay star, if they could have been courageous at first, not after the fact. Its why I do admire adam lambert, for the balls to start out truthful, they were able to easily bypass what he is going through now. I wish hall these guys the best , tho!

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Ricky has given the best that he has when it comes to entertaining,he deserves the best that he can get when it comes to living,and loving in his personal life.

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Why all the hate here?????? Kudos to the man who is true to himself!!!! What is WRONG with being GAY??? No one here male or female is going to have a chance to sleep with him anyway!! Let him live his own freaking life!!!!

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You go Ricky!

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Dear Handsome Rickey, WE LOVE YOU AND SO PROUD OF YOU. YOU ARE NOT GOING TO MAKE A LOT OF PEOPLE HAPPY, BUT IN THE END IT'S YOU WHAT MATTER. YOU ARE GORGEOUS,BUT ON TOP OF THAT YOU ARE EVEN MORE GORGEOUS IN THE INSIDE FOCUS ON THE GOOD ENERGY WE GIVE THE PEOPLE WHO CARES ABOUT YOU. PEOPLE ARE WRONG TO THING BEING GAY IS A SING. WE DID NOT ASK GOD TO GIVE US OR MAKE US THIS WAY SO PEOPLE LET SUPPORT HIM, BECAUSE ONLY HE KNOW'S WHAT HE HAS BEEN THRU LOVE MY LOVE AND SUPPORT FROM DEEP INSIDE OF MY HEART. XOXOXO

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Ricky martin is Disappointing and disgusting , what he did with his hands he destroyed with his feet!

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o m g heard but did not believe ......at the end of the day it's your life what ever makes you happy ...your still the best and hot hot hot ..

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Wow, a real star coming out??? Much luck to ya and hope your music lives on and on.

Ricky Martin Biography

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Birthplace
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Full Name
Enrique Martín Morales
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