Latin singer Ricky Martin is gay. In his own words, he is “a fortunate homosexual man.” He officially “outed” himself on his Web site Monday, acknowledging the rumors and speculation that had trailed him throughout his singing career in a heartfelt public letter to his fans.
Ricky Martin’s music never appealed to this writer much, but on the plus side, it never repelled, either. With hits like “Livin’ La Vida Loca” and “She Bangs!”, I never had to worry too much about hearing Ricky Martin on the radio stations I preferred (classic rock, alternative rock, smooth jazz). I do admit to a certain guilty pleasure at seeing and hearing William Hung of American Idol fame perform “She Bangs!”, mostly due to the incongruity of Hung and Martin.
Latin singer Ricky Martin
Still, the Puerto Rican singing sensation himself was entertaining on stage, those few times I saw him perform on television. And he was always surrounded by beautiful women, which was an enjoyable distraction, so all the rumors and speculation that I had heard over the years that Ricky Martin was homosexual were either put in doubt or relegated to the irrelevant (with the latter winning out more times as not). Ricky Martin — gay? And why should I care?
But Ricky Martin cared. The listening and viewing audience did not know it, but he cared. On Monday, Ricky Martin took to his personal Web site, RickyMartinMusic.com, and told the world that he had been untrue to himself over the years. He said that writing his memoirs had placed him closer to his true self and that his twin sons, born in 2008, helped him make the decision to declare his homosexuality.
In his letter, Martin noted, “To keep living as I did up until today would be to indirectly diminish the glow that my kids where [sic] born with.”