TODAY'S PAPER
47° Good Afternoon
47° Good Afternoon
EntertainmentCelebrities

Martin on coming out: 'I felt free, I felt liberated'

When Ricky Martin announced in an e-mail blast in March that he was gay, the Latin pop star says he was so relieved, "I just started crying like a little baby. I started crying," he told Oprah Winfrey in an interview on her talk show that aired Tuesday. "I felt free, I felt liberated, I felt that I could finally say I love myself completely."

"I couldn't take it anymore," he said of being closeted. "It was too painful." He attributed his decision to come out to being a parent to his 2-year-old twin sons Valentino and Matteo, born via surrogate. "When I was holding them in my arms, I was like, what am I gonna teach them - how to lie? . . . And I said, 'Hold on a second.' Before I decided to become a father, I [had] already accepted who I was and I was happy with who I was. Then, when I was I was holding my children, I said, 'OK, it's time to tell the world.' "

Martin, 38, said he had his children through a private surrogacy arranged by an agency. He also revealed that he is in a relationship. "It feels amazing. . . . Love happens when you least expect it. . . . I was very happy the way I was and then all of a sudden - ta daa. . . . He loves my children. . . . It can't get better."

Martin, who is promoting his memoir "Me," is scheduled to appear on "The View" Wednesday.

Comments

We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.

More Entertainment