Singer Ricky Martin says he suffered from internalized homophobia
before coming out gay.
The 41-year-old Martin made his comments in a cover story for the
Australian edition of men's fashion glossy GQ.
Martin came out gay in 2010 after denying rumors of his sexual
orientation for years.
“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,” Martin
“When you're told you're wrong by everyone, from society, from
your faith [Roman Catholic] – my self-esteem was crushed. I took
my anger out on those around me.”
“I look back now and realize I would bully people who I knew
were gay. I had internalized homophobia.”
Martin has signed on for a second year as a judge on the
Australian edition of The Voice. He'll begin a 5-city
Australian tour in October.