Ricky Martin opens up about why he chose to wait before coming out as gay


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It's been quite a journey to watch Ricky Martin go from being a young pop star in Menudo to decades later becoming an Emmy-nominated actor. The singer received the nomination for his role in the FX series The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, in which he played the role of Antonio D'Amico

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The show centered around the murder of the fashion designer in 1997 and Ricky was cast as his partner, Antonio. The emotional scenes and the content of the show, which also focuses on Gianni's sexuality, made Ricky relive his own truth and his story of coming out as a gay man. He opened up to Entertainment Tonight about why playing the character had such a huge impact on his life, and about his decision to come out in 2010.

While the "La Mordidita" singer admits that he had to live in secret for the majority of his life, he sees no use in wishing he'd done things differently in the past. Ricky said he is now focused on how he can make a difference in this world to help other people like himself.

Ricky Martin wanted to join the project to bring awareness to the injustice of the crime.

Thanks to the super dark and emotional scenes Ricky was in, he was able to nab an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie. He said one of the reasons he took on the role was to raise awareness so a murder like Gianni's doesn't happen again. The designer was shot by a man named Andrew Cunanan in front of his Miami mansion in 1997. "I used to live in Miami and I remember being afraid of going out for a bike ride because I knew there was a killer roaming the streets. What kicks in is more anger, It’s not how he died, it’s how we allowed it to happen,” he told the outlet. “The level of ignorance, the fact that [Andrew Cunanan] wasn’t on the list of FBI’s most wanted, and the fact that the FBI just said, 'Yeah, it’s a gay man killing more gay men, let’s turn the other way.'"

He added: "We need to be loud and we need to talk, because history tends to repeat itself.”

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He touched on why he didn't open up about his homosexuality until his 30s.

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"Everybody was asking me about my sexuality at a time that I was not ready and I was confused," he said. "It's a process that's easier for some than others. I consider myself really lucky because I was able to accept and share it with the world in my 30s."

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Ricky recalled a time when he was forced to hide his partners.

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He's now happily married to Jwan Yosef, but he recalled a time when he had to keep his romances a secret. He said reliving Gianni Versace's own coming out story, he had to face his own memories. "We all have different histories, we all have highs and lows in our lives, but emotions tend to be the same," he told ET. "When we shot the scene where Gianni comes out and he introduces [Antonio] as his partner, I remember what it was like for me when I was in the closet and I was hiding my lovers."

Ricky sees no point in regretting the past.

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Ricky joined the boyband Menudo when he was just 12 years old and has remained in the public eye ever since. He didn't publicly come out as gay until his 30s despite rumors haunting him his entire career. "You can open that door and dwell, like, 'Damn, I wish I would have come out in the '90s,'" he said adding that there's no use in having regrets. "What can I do now to make a difference? That's what really matters."

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Ricky came out as gay with a letter on his website in 2010.

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Ricky told his truth in a now-deleted post on his website. “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,” he wrote at the time, according to Rolling Stone. "Writing this is a solid step towards my inner peace and vital part of my evolution. I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am.”

For Father's Day 2015, he thanked his two sons for inspiring him to live an honest life.

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He penned a touching letter to Matteo and Valentino, which was posted on Time.com. "Above all, my beautiful sons, your love gave me the strength to live an honest life. A life of courage and transparency, which fills me with great pride and peace. What an amazing gift you have given me, and I’m forever thankful to you," he wrote. "If there is anything I want you to live with, aside from knowing that you are unconditionally loved and adored by me and our family and friends, it is that you can be YOURSELF. Don’t ever let anyone or anything make you feel like you can’t be your true self." 

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