Ricky Martin Says His Dad Encouraged Him to Come Out As Gay

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Ricky Martin’s dad urged him to come out as gay so he wouldn’t teach his children to “lie.”

The 52-year-old singer – who had twin sons Matteo and Valentino in 2008 via gestational surrogacy, as well as daughter Lucia, five, and son Renn, four, during his relationship with ex-husband Jwan Yosef – admitted he might not have come out in 2010 if it had not been for his former psychologist father Enrique Morales’ advice.

He told SiriusXM’s Andy Cohen Live about how his professional team had warned him to hide his sexuality by telling him if he came out, it “is gonna be the end of your career.”

Ricky added they said: “You don’t have to tell the world. Your friends know, your family know. Why do you need to stand in front of the camera and talk about it?”

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10 February 2019 – Los Angeles, California – Matteo Martin, Ricky Martin. 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center. (Photo Credit: AdMedia)

The singer said even though his team “didn’t understand the importance” of him coming out, his dad urged him to be honest.

He added: “(My dad) said, ‘What are you gonna (do), teach your kids to lie? You gotta be open. You gotta go out… I want to help you. How can we do this?’”

“And I’m like, ‘All right, dad, I’m working on it. Gimme a second. I don’t know how. I don’t know if it's through an interview. I don’t know if I want to write a letter and tweet it. I don’t know. Gimme a break. It’ll come.’”

Ricky had come out to his ex-accountant mum, Doña Nereida Morales, when he was 18 but admitted she needed time for the news to sink in.

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London, UK. Ricky Martin at The Virgin Holidays Attitude Awards at Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London on Thursday 11 October 2018. (Photo by Keith Mayhew/Landmark Media)

He added: “She was concerned because she was, ‘Oh my God, I just don’t want you to hurt and people out there are really cruel,’ and so it took her a minute to accept it.”

“But obviously when I did it, I made sure she was on an airplane on her way to see me. So, she was on her airplane, and I did what I did.”

“I wrote a letter (on his website), and I tweeted it.”

“I wish I could come out 20 times. It felt amazing. Of course, I started crying like a baby.”

“You know, I pressed send and I was like, ‘Oh, that’s it?’”

“My assistant who’s still my assistant, Paco, he was next to me and I’m like, ‘I think I need a hug.’”


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