Ricky Martin Reveals A Dark Secret From His Past: “I Would Bully People I Knew Were Gay!”
Latin superstar Ricky Martin may have come out of the closet by admitting he is gay back in 2010. But the singer admits that during his childhood he was living la vida loca (the crazy life). Heralded as a “Role Model For The Entire Planet” on the cover of Australian GQ’s September/October edition, the 41-year-old opened up about his not-so-model past while growing up in Puerto Rico.
“I look back now and realize I would bully people who I knew were gay,’ Martin tells GQ Australia writer Tiffany Bakker. “I had internalized homophobia. To realize that was confronting to me. I wanted to get away from that.”
Martin says his twin boys Matteo and Valentino, whom he is raising with partner Carlos Gonzalez Abells, inspired him to be honest with the world and with himself. “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 says.
These days, the singer who got his start as a member of the boy band Menudo, enjoys fostering the talent of young acts as a judge on the Australian version of The Voice. “I look at them and see myself as a kid,” he says. “There’s so much fear, anxiety, and insecurity. When you’re younger, if someone says you can do something better or improve something, you automatically take it personally. Straightaway, you go, ‘Am I not good enough?’ Doubts and fears constantly plague you.”
For more on the muy caliente Ricky Martin, head over to Australian GQ.