Ricky Martin, the Puerto Rican pop star with the big hit "Livin’ La Vida Loca," confessed in a statement on his website he was "proud to say" he was "a fortunate homosexual man."
He also said that he had kept his sexuality hidden because advisers had told him coming out could hurt his career.
Martin, who fathered two children with a surrogate mother two years ago, commented that his decision to write his memoirs had helped him to free "things that were too heavy to keep inside." "Not sharing with the world my entire truth" about his sexuality had become "a self-fulfilling prophecy of sabotage."
When he fathered two children two years ago, the event had convinced him "enough (was) enough" and that things "had to change."
"To keep living as I did… would be to indirectly diminish the glow that my kids where born with," he said in a posting.