by: Carl Lamarre
It was reported weeks ago that Ricky Martin would appear on Oprah to discuss his sexuality, and his decision to come out, and his new memoir, entitled Me. On Monday, Martin sat down with Oprah in his first television interview announcing his homosexuality.
When Oprah had originally asked Martin to appear on her show a few months ago, Martin accepted. His logic behind accepting her offer was geared from his twin boys Matteo, and Valentino. “I grew up in a very conservative world, a very conservative culture and my beliefs were telling me that my feelings were wrong, that my attraction towards men was evil,” he sad. “So I would try to deny those emotions as much as I could. I thought I was a really bad person, that I wasn’t enough.”
Martin’s homosexuality came into question when he was merely a kid, the singer had said. “I always felt attraction since I was four or five years old. When I came back from school, they’d ask me, ‘Do you have a girlfriend,’ and it was like, ‘I don’t understand what you mean.’ ”
Martin was 21 when he told his mother about his new found sexuality.
“My mom asked me ‘Are you in love?’ and she said ‘Is it with a man?’ I said, ‘Yes mom, it’s with a man,’ “Ricky recalls. His mother told him that she loved him and asked him to give her a hug. “She told me everything was going to be fine,” explained Ricky.
Martin also admitted to the fact he felt the need to always be with a woman because society’s perception of him.
“I am not bisexual. I am a gay man,” he said. “When I was with a woman, everything was perfect. But the most important thing was that people loved to see me with women, so I was like, ‘I’m going to make this work.’ ”
Now, Martin said he is an “amazing” relationship right now.
“If I knew how amazing it was going to feel [to come out], trust me, I would have done this 10 years ago.”