Ricky Martin Finally Comes Out of Totally Imaginary Invisible Closet

Ready for some shocking news? Well, that’s too bad, because this definitely ain’t it.

After years of rumors, “Livin’ La Vida Loca” singer Ricky Martin has come out as gay on his Web site. The 38-year-old former Menudo heartthrob, who became the father of twin boys via a surrogate pregnancy in 2008, writes,

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

So, uh, what took so long? According to Martin, he kept his sexuality a secret on the advice of those who thought it might have a negative impact on his career:

“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.”

But now, apparently, the singer has decided that there are more catastrophic things than admitting your true nature. Martin goes on to write,

“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.

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