Singer Ricky Martin, who came out gay
in his 2010 memoir Me at the age of 38, had come out to his
mother 17 years earlier.
In an interview with glossy Vanity
Fair, Martin said he attempted to escape the persistent
rumors about his sexuality.
“I needed to go through [the process
of coming out publicly],” Martin said. “Like sitting on the
psychoanalyst's couch. I wanted to write about the stories I lived
onstage and in my philanthropic work, but there was always that
missing link. I was asked why I left everything and ran off to
India. Why did I want to disconnect from the music world? Because
all the magazines were asking about my sexuality.”
He said discovering his sexuality was a
“Little by little, with one thought
following another, I found a sort of liberation.”
And by the age of 21, his mother also
“My mother asked me: 'Are you in
love?' I told her yes. And she asked: 'Are you in love with a man?'
I said yes, and we never talked about it again. It was a way of
saying: 'O.K., but Mom, don't ask me again.' I was 21 years old.”