Ricky Martin has admitted that he bullied homosexual men while growing up in Puerto Rico as he struggled with his own sexuality.
The pop singer came out as gay in 2010, and he has since become an icon for gay rights across the world. Martin told GQ Australia, “I look back now and realise I would bully people who I knew were gay. I had internalised homophobia. To realise that was confronting to me. I wanted to get away from that.”
Martin also added that his view on life changed after he became a father to twin boys. He is currently raising the pair with his partner, Carlos Gonzalez Abells, and he told the publication, “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.”
Martin came out as gay back in 2010, releasing a statement on his website that read, “I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am.”
He then told Larry King during an interview, “Today, I am a gay man. And everything about saying this feels right… if I’d know how good it was going to feel, I would have done it ten years ago.”
Martin is now a judge on the Australian singing talent show, The Voice, and he also opened up about moving to the country. He remarked, “I felt the outpouring of love, and I could feel the criticism too, but I loved that. I love the honesty and the truth. People tell it like it is in Australia.”
Last December, Ricky Martin splashed close to $6 million on a new condo located in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, which he then used while he starred in a revival performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita.