Following in the heroic footsteps of Sean Hayes, Ricky Martin is no longer denying the rumors: He's gay.
Martin, 38, posted on his Twitter account in English and Spanish, "I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am."
Why didn't he come out sooner? The usual reason for entertainment professionals—he was told by many advisers that it would hurt his career. Martin, who grew up as a child star in Menudo, peaked in 1999 in the US with "Livin' La Vida Loca" and "Shake Your Bon-Bon". However, his success as a Latin artist eclipses his American stardom.
"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," he said in his statement. "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."
The musician recently began working on his memoirs, and it was then he decided to come out.
"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," he said. "Writing this account of my life, I got very close to my truth. And this is something worth celebrating."
In 2008, he fathered two boys via surrogate. Martin said that he couldn't go on hiding who he was now that he's a father. "Enough is enough. This has to change."