Enrique Martín Morales, better known as Ricky Martin, is a Puerto Rican singer and actor, naturalized Spanish. His musical career began in 1995 with the album A medi vivir from which the very famous hit Maria (Un, dos, tres) was taken. Long on the front of the stage, he revealed his homosexuality in a letter published in March 2010. He had affirmed that this coming out was the “fruit of a very intense process” and added to feel now “liberated from a weight”. In an interview with Public and published this Friday, January 15, he wished to confide in his homosexuality. “My biggest regret is that I didn’t do it sooner,” he reveals first. He then confides having “long denigrated the gay community” and affirms that he “knew that I was homosexual, it was obvious to me”. However, asserting himself to the general public is not always an easy thing to do and Ricky Martin has admitted to being “in denial” which has prompted him to “reject my own nature” and “overplay heterosexuals. “. A period that was not easy for him since, as he explains: “I really went very far in lying”.
In an interview with CBS Sunday Morning in 2017, he said he was “afraid of being rejected. For a long time, a lot of people told me that my feelings were bad.” A difficult situation for the singer who had commented by saying: “But even when I hid a part of my identity, it was never the case in concert. On stage, I was completely me”. Determined not to hide any longer, he said during this interview with Public that it was he himself who realized that it was time to tell the truth. “I knew I wanted children,” he explained. He also revealed that during this period, he was able to count on his father’s support and that it was he who even “pushed him to fight my fears”. He affirms that this one told him “be yourself and stop trying to confront yourself with an image which does not correspond to you”. Words that therefore comforted the 49-year-old artist. “I’m really lucky to have such an open-minded father,” he adds. If he waited a long time before revealing himself completely, the singer concluded by saying that: “the day I understood that I had to deliver my truth to the world”, he “suddenly felt light”.
A fulfilled dad
Ricky Martin is today the proud father of four children. First there is Valentino and Mattéo, born in August 2008 from a surrogate mother. Children he had with his companion, the financier Carlos González Abella. Separated in January 2014, the singer rebuilt his life two years later, with Jwan Yosef, a Swedish artist of Syrian origin, 13 years his junior. On December 31, 2018, the couple announced the birth of their first child, a girl named Lucía. The following year, in October 2019, he became a father for the fourth time to a boy named Renn. A coming out which “freed him from a weight” as he explains it and which allowed him to live his life as he wished.
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