Ricky Martin came out as gay a few years ago, but it turns out that he actually used to bully gay kids himself when he was younger. This isn’t surprising given that he struggled with his sexuality quite a lot as a youngster – common tale, for sure.
From GQ Australia (via DS):
“I look back now and realize I would bully people who I knew were gay,” he said.
“I had internalised homophobia. To realize that was confronting to me. I wanted to get away from that.”
Martin stated that his Roman Catholic upbringing led to him acting against his own feelings.
“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,” the singer explained.
“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.”
Ricky also said that it was becoming a father to his twin boys that made him want to be honest about being gay, as he “didn’t want them to grow up in a house of lies”. Damn, love that. Nothing bad to say about Ricky Martin (but nothing great to say about him either, to be honest LOL).