I’m not really sure to make of ‘Adrenalina’, the new single by Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin and Wisin. I’ll admit my ignorance in saying that I’ve never heard of Wisin, but given that this song is done entirely in Spanish, I’m assuming he’s a big hit in the Latino music world.
The song isn’t all that bad, really. There’s nothing special about it, and sort of makes me feel like I should be clubbing in Mexico City or something, even though I’ve never been clubbing (seriously – no interest) and I’ve also never been to Mexico City. Basically, I’m entirely out of my element here, though I do speak Spanish, so I guess that’s something.
I’m sure JLo’s fans will be happy to see her singing in Spanish again (and looking hot, to boot), and Ricky Martin fans (he has those, right?) will be happy to see him doing anything at all. I kid!
The biggest problem is the close dancing with Ricky and Jennifer. Just make that shit stop IMMEDIATELY.
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.
“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).
Ricky Martin promoted his new book on Jay Leno’s show last night and Jay took the opportunity to ask him about his struggle to come to grips with his homosexuality and how his life has changed since coming out of the closet.
Ricky confirmed that while he is still a proud homosexual (love how he half-stands and does a mini-double fist pump after confirming this,) that he understands why both he and countless other people have a hard time coming out. Ricky said, “Being Ricky Martin, what Ricky Martin represented back then and what I was feeling was not compatible at all. I was the sex symbol and I needed to dance and I needed to make girls crazy and I couldn’t say that I was gay. It was a lot of struggle.”
My only problem with that statement is that most of the best dancers I know are gay people, so I don’t know how that ties into what he’s talking about.
He also added that his religion and culture played a large role in his hesitation to come out saying, “What I was feeling, according to what I had in my mind, was evil.”
Here’s to being honest with yourself and proud of who you are no matter how long it takes (even if the truth is obvious to everyone else on the planet,) right guys?!