rewrite Ricky Martin is opening up about his decision to come out as gay. The music superstar recalls being on his Livin’ La Vida Loca tour in 1999 when he decided he had to take some time off. “My music was being heard all over the world, regardless of the language,” Martin said during an appearance on Proud Radio on Apple Music. “I could high five God, but I wasn’t living to the fullest. I was sad. I was depressed. I would walk on stage to perform because that was the only way I could balance my emotion is to snap out of this heavy sadness that I was moving in. And then actually there came a moment that I said, ‘We need to stop. We need to stop the tour.’ I remember I was in Australia and from Australia, we were going to go to South America. And I said, ‘I can’t. I can’t do this. I need to go home. I need silence. I need to cry. I need to be angry. I need to forgive myself for allowing myself to reach this level, to get to where I’m at.’ And I took some time and I took a sabbatical.”
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Although those close to him were aware of his sexuality, Ricky Martin didn’t publicly acknowledge his private life until the release of his 2011 memoir, “Me: Ricky Martin.” Recounting the internal struggle between identifying as gay or bisexual, Martin emphasized the significance of honesty with oneself. After embracing his identity as a “fortunate homosexual man,” he shared his truth, an experience that brought both vulnerability and joy.
Martin also expressed admiration for Elton John, highlighting the warmth, comfort, and positive emotions he felt when seeing the iconic musician. He credited Elton John for the impact of his music, colorful persona, and distinctive style on his own life.
Discussing the intersection of the LGBTQ community and the Black Lives Matter movement, Martin stressed the importance of unity. He emphasized the need to listen, learn, be respectful, and understand that the focus should be on providing a platform for the voices that have brought attention to the injustices faced by the LGBTQ+ community.