Ricky Martin on his 2000 interview with Barbara Walters: ‘I felt violated’

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In 2000, Ricky Martin appeared on The View, and in a tense interview, Walters questioned him about his sexuality.

Ricky Martin, who came out in 2010 and now has four children with husband Jwan Yosef, reflected on the interview this week.

He told People: “When she dropped the question, I felt violated because I was just not ready to come out. I was very afraid.”

“There’s a little PTSD with that,” he added.

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In the 2000 interview, Walters him if he was aware of the “rumors that talk about your sexual orientation,” and Ricky Martin said he was.

In the televised interview, Walters asked if Martin was “hurt” by the rumors of his sexual orientation, to which Martin responded, “I think that sexuality is something that each individual should deal with in their own way.”

“And that's all I have to say about that.”


Walters pressed ahead, arguing he could stop the rumors if he were to simply admit if he was a homosexual or not. Martin replied, “I just don't feel like it.”

A decade later, Martin came out publicly, but still wonders what he could have done differently with Walters.

“Well, maybe I would have come out in that interview,” he mused to People. “It would've been great because when I came out, it just felt amazing. 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 that I am. Because if you hide it, it's a life-or-death situation.”

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