August 27, 2013 06:03:08 GMT
The 'Livin' La Vida Loca' hitmaker reveals he 'had internalized homophobia' growing up in Puerto Rico.
Ricky Martin opens up about his past struggle with his sexuality. In an interview with GQ Australia, the Puerto Rican singer who started his singing career with boyband Menudo admits he, then-closeted gay, used to bully people he knew were gays.
"I look back now and realize I would bully people who I knew were gay," the now openly-gay father of twin boys recounts his days growing up. "I had internalized homophobia. To realize that was confronting to me. I wanted to get away from that."
"I didn't want them (his twin sons) growing up in a house of lies... or thinking that there was something wrong with being gay," he explains his decision of changing his view on life. "I felt the outpouring of love, and I could feel the criticism, too, but I loved that."
Martin came out of the closet in 2010. "I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man," he said in a statement back then. "I am very blessed to be who I am."