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He’s Out: Ricky Martin Is Gay… And…?

Ricky Martin finally put all the doubt, the questioning, the curiosity about his sexuality to rest Monday.  He took to his popular website and announced that he was indeed a gay man — “a fortunate homosexual man.” 

Ricky Martin wrote on his official website,, about who he truly was, ending with the declaration: “I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am.”  His decision to out himself came, he said, as a direct result of the birth of his twin sons.  He said he began writing his memoirs and it gave him the ability to get “close to his truth.”  He wrote: “To keep living as I did up until today would be to indirectly diminish the glow that my kids where [sic] born with.”

Martin noted that for years he hid his true self because of advice of others and allowed himself “to be seduced by fear and insecurity became a self-fulfilling prophecy of sabotage.”  But he says that he blames nobody but himself for not coming forward sooner.

It has been a common source of speculation, the guessing game that has been going on for years about whether or not Ricky Martin, the famed Puerto Rican singing sensation, is gay.  The questioning has dogged him since his days in the Latin boy band Menudo and on into his solo career, which began when he was 20 years old.  

But none of it matters any longer, he maintains.  “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.”

As curious as many were about whether or not Ricky Martin was gay, it did not affect sales of his music.  His eight studio (five in Spanish, three in English), two live albums, and three compilation albums have sold over 60 million units worldwide.

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