Ricky Martin comes out: "I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man."

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"I personally believe that being gay does not define who a person is, yet, one should not deny its significance. To reveal to the world that one is gay is not for all, but to those who choose to do so usually experience a certain feeling of freedom and excitement for life's fullness," wrote Ricky martin in his blog entry.


"I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am."

Ito ang deklarasyon ni Ricky Martin sa kanyang Internet blog, www.rickymartinmusic.com, na lumabas na sa iba't ibang babasahin.

Hindi na ikinagulat ng maraming Pinoy ang pag-amin ni Ricky na isa siyang gay. Para sa mga Pilipino, ang ginawa ng Latin pop superstar ay isa lamang kumpirmasyon sa kanyang sexual preference na matagal nang pinagdududahan.

Malaki ang kinalaman ng kambal na anak ni Ricky sa desisyon nito. Nagkaroon ng mga anak si Ricky noong 2008 sa pamamagitan ng isang surrogate mother. Lalong lumakas ang hinala na gay ang Latin pop superstar dahil sa pamamaraan na kanyang pinili para magkaroon ng mga anak.

"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 were born with," ani Martin sa kanyang blog.

Natagalan ang pag-amin ni Ricky dahil sinunod nito ang mga payo ng mga mahal niya sa buhay, na nagsabing makakaapekto sa kanyang music career ang rebelasyon na gay siya.

"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," pahayag niya.

Pagmamalaki sa katapangan na aminin ang katotohanan ang nararamdaman ng international Filipina singer na si Lea Salonga para kay Ricky. Dating member ng Menudo si Ricky at nagkasama sila ni Lea nang magkaroon noon ng concert ang kayang grupo.

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Ang Menudo ang sikat na Puerto Rican boy band na sumikat noong dekada '80. Sina Robbie Rosa at Ricky ang dalawa sa mga popular members ng Menudo na nagpasikat sa mga kantang "If You're Not Here By My Side," "Explosion," " Like A Cannonball," at marami pang iba.

Sumikat si Ricky nang husto sa buong mundo pagkatapos ng kanyang live performance sa Grammy Awards noong 1999, kung saan kinanta niya ang theme ng World Cup na "Cup of Life."

Ang ilan sa kanyang hits ay ang mga sumusunod: "Livin' La Vida Loca," "She's All I Ever Had," "Shake You Bon-Bon," at "She Bangs."


RICKY'S BLOG ENTRY. Narito ang kabuuan ng blog entry ni Ricky kung saan ipinagtapat niya ang kanyang tunay na pagkatao:

"I personally believe that being gay does not define who a person is, yet, one should not deny its significance. To reveal to the world that one is gay is not for all, but to those who choose to do so usually experience a certain feeling of freedom and excitement for life's fullness.

"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.

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"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 5 or 10 years ago, it is supposed to happen now. Today is my day, this is my time, and this is my moment.

"These years in silence and reflection made me stronger and reminded me that acceptance has to come from within and that this kind of truth gives me the power to conquer emotions I didn't even know existed.

"What will happen from now on? It doesn't matter. I can only focus on what's happening to me in this moment. The word "happiness" takes on a new meaning for me as of today. It has been a very intense process. Every word that I write in this letter is born out of love, acceptance, detachment and real contentment. Writing this is a solid step towards my inner peace and vital part of my evolution.

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"I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am."


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