In a statement via his Twitter, Martin said, “I am proud to say that I’m a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am.”
The 38-year-old Puerto Rican star, who got his start in music with the boy band Menudo and rose to fame as a solo artist with the 1999 hit “Livin’ la Vida Loca,” said that writing his own memoirs (A work in progress) and becoming a father (To twin boys born via surrogate in 2008) finally encouraged him to be open about his sexuality.
“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,” he wrote in his statement.
Martin was often seen escorting women at public events and engaging in racy activities with them in his steamy music videos, and was told by some people that coming out of the closet would hurt his career.
“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,” he said in his statement. “Allowing myself to be seduced by fear and insecurity became a self-fulfilling prophecy of sabotage.”
But “today,” he said, “is my day, this is my time, and this is my moment.”
On a couple of personal notes: I called this one forever, therefore my gaydar gains another point. Also, this will probably be a prime topic of discussion when I come back to my Gender, Sexuality, and Latino Communities class after spring break. Yup, we’re a cool group.