Ricky Martin Admits to Bullying Gays When Young

"I was very angry, very rebellious," Martin explained to GQ Australia. "I used to look at gay men and think, I'm not like that, I don't want to be like that, that's not me. I was ashamed."

Martin continued, "When you're told you're wrong by everyone, from society, from your faith — my self-esteem was crushed. I took my anger out on those around me."

The 41-year-old singer came to the realization that this was a defense mechanism -- a way to fight off who he really was.

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