Ricky Martin insists he “deceived no one” when he dated women.
The 49-year-old pop star had a romance with ‘a lot of women’ before coming out as gay in 2010, but he rejected the suggestion that he was being unfair with his girlfriends.
Sexuality is a complicated thing. It’s not black and white. It is filled with colors. When I was dating women, I was in love with women. It felt good, it felt beautiful,” the crooner said People magazine this week.
The love was real: Ricky Martin insists he “deceived no one” when he dated women. The 49-year-old pop star dated ‘a lot of women’ before coming out as gay in 2010, but he rejected the suggestion that he was dishonest with his girlfriends
“You can’t fake chemistry — the chemistry was there with them. I have not misled anyone,” he added.
Before marrying artist Jwan Yosef in 2017, Martin was in a relationship with Carlos Gonzalez (2008 – 2014), Nathan Lane (2008), Ines Misan (2000 – 2002), Maital Saban (2000), Adriana Biega (1998 – 1999) , Lilly Melgar (1994), Rebecca de Alba (1994 – 2005) and Gabriela Sabatini (1992).
Ricky was asked about his sexuality during an interview with Barbara Walters in 2000, 10 years before coming out as gay.
At the time, he rejected the chance to come out, but he now admits it would have been “great” if he had felt brave enough to do so at the time.
Not easy: ‘Sexuality is a complicated thing. It’s not black and white. It is filled with colors. When I was dating women, I was in love with women. It felt good, it felt beautiful,” the crooner told People magazine this week
It was real, ‘You can’t fake chemistry — the chemistry was there with them. I have not misled anyone,” he added voegde
Ricky told People magazine, “A lot of people say, what would you do differently? Well, maybe I would have figured it out in that interview.
“It would have been great because when I came out it just felt great,” he added.
“When it comes to my sexuality, when it comes to who I am, I want to talk about what I’m made of, about everything I am. Because if you hide it, it’s a life or death situation.’
Ricky also acknowledges that it remains difficult for young people to come out, especially if they lack relevant role models in the LBGTQ community.
Happy with this woman: Here Martin looks happy as he poses with girlfriend Ines Misan in Monte Carlo, Monaco in 2001
They had a connection: and the actor was also with Rebecca de Alba; seen in 2004
Another love interest: Martin also had a romance with Lilly Melgar in 1994; seen here in 2018
The hitmaker of Livin’ la Vida Loca — who was the first mainstream Latin music star to come out — explained, “There are tons of kids out there who don’t have anyone to look up to. All they have around them is people saying to them, “What you’re feeling is bad.”
“But you can’t force someone to come out. But if you have an egg and you open it from the outside, only death will come out. But if the egg opens from the inside, life will come out.’
This comes after Martin said he has made sure his children’s mental health is monitored during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Family: The singer has twins Matteo and Valentino, 12, Lucia, two, and Renn, 17 months, with Yosef. Seen in 2016
The singer has twins Matteo and Valentino, 12, Lucia, two, and Renn, 17 months, with Yosef, and has said that although he felt “anxiety” during the height of the pandemic last year, he made sure to stay with his brood to make sure they didn’t feel the same.
He said: ‘My family made it great and I checked on my kids all the time to make sure they don’t feel the fear I was feeling, to be honest. But they were in a really good place.’
Ricky and his family have been quarantined with his mother during the pandemic, and the hitmaker said his children were “crazy happy” to have their grandmother with them.
He explained: “They were overjoyed to be with their grandparents, because fortunately my mother was with us during the first four months of the pandemic. She came to visit us in LA and I was like, ‘Mom, you’re not going to get on another plane to go back home. Sorry. You stay with us’.
Full of pride: on the first day of June, he shared this post in honor of Pride Month
“It was great having her with us. While everyone was going crazy, I decided to finish my album and it helped a lot that she was there.”
And while the pandemic has been hard on people around the world, Ricky — who has been staying with his family at his home in Puerto Rico for the past few months — admitted he “can’t complain” about his own experience.
He told People magazine, “I can’t complain. This is gorgeous. I am with my family. I’ve been here for quite some time now and after being in quarantine and doing all the testing for everyone especially my parents. It’s so surreal, but I’m very happy to be here.’
Thumbs up: This is where the icon was seen at the Latin American Music Awards at the BB&T Center on April 15 in Sunrise, Florida