You may wonder who will be surprised to learn that Latin singing sensation Ricky Martin is gay, but you'd be underestimating the number of people across whose radars these things simply do not blip. So yes, it is a big deal that Martin came out today on his website, for more reasons than just the news value. Here are portions of the long missive he wrote to his fans:
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 ... 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 ... I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am.
The rest is similarly overwrought, heartfelt, and gushy, but if you're looking for someone to make fun of it, go check another blog.
Ricky Martin: I'm Gay [Just Jared]