Ricky Martin Was Advised Against Coming out as Gay
Singer Ricky Martin spent years agonizing over his decision to “come out” as a gay man because his friends and family told him it was a bad idea.
Martin, who recently married partner Jwan Yosef, admits his new TV drama American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace brought back bad memories of his own struggles with sexuality – because the tragic designer also had to hide the fact he was gay for years.
He told TV show host Trevor Noah:,”You have no idea how it took me a while. The thing is that I was surrounded by friends that were telling me, ‘Don’t come out! That will be the end of your career’.”
“It was people that love me, people that mean well and people that were just victims of homophobia,” he adds.
“I grew up in this culture that told me that my feelings were horrible, that my feelings were evil. And if you add to that, you know, that I was, like, a heartthrob, like, a sex symbol… that’s why everyone was telling me that it was going to be the end of my career.
“It was extremely painful for me until I said, ‘I can’t take it anymore. It’s all about me now, it’s not about what’s happening outside, it’s about what I need in order to be happy’.”
Martin came out of the closet in March 2010, posting on his official website: “I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am.”