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Ricky Martin Says ‘I Am A Fortunate Homosexual Man’ At Last

by Editorial Staff in Media & entertainment , 25 juni 2010

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When in the first months of 2007 the at the time 23-year-old Mexican star Christian Chavez no longer denied his homosexuality, this produced many reactions, both positive and negative. The coming out of this popular singer-actor was seen as very important, especially since homosexuality is generally rather taboo in Mexico and other Latin American countries.

This was one of the reasons why Mexican gay rights activist Sergio Villar applauded Chavez’s decision to stop lying: “Christian Chavez’s decision symbolizes this new way of seeing life, and raises hope of a more inclusive future with more respect for differences.”

Chavez also gained support from Ricky Martin. Puerto Rico’s all-time top-selling artist expressed his regard for Chavez’s honesty during a tour in Mexico and defended the right of gay pop stars to come out of the closet. In an interview, Martin said he felt solidarity with Christian Chavez. “Life is too short to live closed up, guarding what you say,” Martin said, and added that now Christian Chavez “has to be free in many aspects. I wish him much strength.”

However, what many had hoped for, which is that the ass-shaking singer, who brings masses of people to hysteria and about whose sexuality news media have obsessively speculated but who usually hadn’t more revealing answers to interview questions than, “Everything I want to say about sexuality, is that it happens behind closed doors,” would finally come out himself, would take some years more to materialize.

Last month that hour had come. At the end of March the 38-year-old star (he was born on December 24, 1971 at San Juan as Enrique Martín Morales) published on his website a long statement that ended with, “I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am.”

(Photo: Christian Chavez)

Even though someone on The Advocate’s website commented, not really unjustly, “Gee, this is about as shocking as when Liberace’s lover told the world Liberace was gay!,” it isn’t an everyday occurrence that a world famous star comes out of the closed, although brave men such as Elton John and Freddy Mercury preceded Ricky Martin a very long time ago. In his statement Ricky Martin also revealed the reactions of some of his intimates while discussing his coming out and these show that this step encountered a certain amount of resistance. Since, in this light, his coming out is a brave, although not wholly unexpected step by Ricky Martin, we close with most of his statement. That many other stars may soon follow his lead!

“A few months ago I decided to write my memoirs, a project I knew was going to bring me closer to an amazing turning point in my life. 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. Writing this account of my life, I got very close to my truth. And this is something worth celebrating.

For many years, there has been only one place where I am in touch with my emotions fearlessly and that’s the stage. Being on stage fills my soul in many ways, almost completely. It’s my vice. The music, the lights and the roar of the audience are elements that make me feel capable of anything. This rush of adrenaline is incredibly addictive. I don’t ever want to stop feeling these emotions. But it is serenity that brings me to where I’m at right now. An amazing emotional place of comprehension, reflection and enlightenment.

At this moment I’m feeling the same freedom I usually feel only on stage, without a doubt, I need to share. Many people told me: ‘Ricky it’s not important,’ ‘it’s not worth it,’ ‘all the years you’ve worked and everything you’ve built will collapse,’ ‘many people in the world are not ready to accept your truth, your reality, your nature.’

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. 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.

If someone asked me today, ‘Ricky, what are you afraid of?’ I would answer ‘the blood that runs through the streets of countries at war... child slavery, terrorism... the cynicism of some people in positions of power, the misinterpretation of faith.’ But fear of my truth? Not at all! On the contrary, It fills me with strength and courage.

This is just what I need especially now that I am the father of two beautiful boys that are so full of light and who with their outlook teach me new things every day. To keep living as I did up until today would be to indirectly diminish the glow that my kids where born with. Enough is enough. This has to change. This was not supposed to happen five or ten years ago, it is supposed to happen now. Today is my day, this is my time, and this is my moment.”



In the New Issue of Gay News, 322, June 2018

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