Putting an end to years of speculation over his sexuality, pop star Ricky Martin has admitted that he is gay.
The Puerto Rican star wrote: “I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am.”
The star, who has twin sons by a surrogate mother, said he did not come out earlier because his advisers said the move would ruin his career.
In 2000, American TV journalist Barbara Walters questioned him about whether he was gay, but he refused to disclose it.
Martin said: “Today I have accepted my homosexuality as a gift that gives me life.”
The Puerto Rican star said his decision to write his memoirs had helped him to free “things that were too heavy to keep inside”.