Posted: 27 August, 2013
Ricky Martin: "I Was Homophobic"
Gay star reveals tough past
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After years of mystery, Ricky Martin came out as gay in 2010. The pop star is now in a committed relationship with stock broker Carlos González Abella and has two twin boys, Matteo and Valentino - but things weren't always so rosy.
Ricky has admitted to GQ magazine that before he came to terms with his own sexuality, he actually bullied gay people.
The 41 year old singer said it was hard growing up as a Roman Catholic in Puerto Rico.
"I was very angry, very rebellious. I used to look at gay men and think, I'm not like that, I don't want to be like that, that's not me. I was ashamed."
"When you're told you're wrong by everyone, from society, from your faith - my self-esteem was crushed. I took my anger out on those around me."
Once he decided to be honest about his sexuality, he realised how cruel he had been to others.
"I look back now and realise I would bully people who I knew were gay," he said. "I had internalised homophobia."
"To realise that was confronting to me. I wanted to get away from that."