Ricky Martin announces he is 'proud to be gay'

Tuesday March 30, 2010

After years of speculation over his sexuality, pop star Ricky Martin has revealed he is "a fortunate homosexual".

In a statement on his website, the Puerto Rican star - who has sold over 60 million albums - said he was "proud" to share the news.

The singer admitted he had kept his sexuality a secret for fear of jeopardising his music career.

After becoming a father to adorable twins, Valentino and Matteo, last August, Ricky said he felt "enough is enough" and things "had to change".

"To keep living as I did... would be to indirectly diminish the glow that my kids where born with," he said in a posting written in both English and Spanish.

He added that his decision to write his memoirs had helped him to free "things that were too heavy to keep inside".

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