After years of speculation and avoiding the uncomfortable question about whether or not he was gay (because really, did it matter?!), Ricky Martin has finally come out of the closet.
On the singer's Web site rickymartinmusic.com, he gives a seemingly heartfelt explanation for why he has, up until this point, been so hush-hush about his orientation. Though we haven't personally heard him say the words, the implications of this letter have the Web world abuzz.
"A few months ago I decided to write my memoirs, a project I knew was going to bring me closer to an amazing turning point in my life. From the moment I wrote the first phrase I was sure the book was the tool that was going to help me free myself from things I was carrying within me for a long time. Things that were too heavy for me to keep inside. Writing this account of my life, I got very close to my truth. And this is something worth celebrating...
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...
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... Every word that I write in this letter is born out of love, acceptance, detachment and real contentment. Writing this is a solid step towards my inner peace and vital part of my evolution.
I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am."
So, if this confession is true, Ricky has finally admitted that he is a "fortunate homosexual man"—and, we must admit, figured out a great way to support his upcoming book.
Tell us, does it matter to you one way or another if Ricky Martin is gay?