After years of rumors, Ricky Martin has confirmed that he is gay. In an official statement on his website, the singer revealed that he made the decision to come out while working on a new autobiography.
Though there has been considerable media speculation about the Puerto Rican's sexual orientation over the years, he is already gaining widespread praise for coming out. Martin has received congratulatory messages from celebrity blogger Perez Hilton and representatives from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
"I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man," Martin wrote. "I am very blessed to be who I am."
The singer also explained that he plans to use his new book to unload the burdens of his personal 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," he wrote.
by RTT Staff Writer
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