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Ricky Martin is gay, according to a statement on his website.

Ricky Martin opens up on new twins

The 38-year-old Latin pop star and father of two openly discussed his sexuality for the first time. "I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man," he wrote. "I am very blessed to be who I am."

Ricky Martin becomes the father of twin boys

Martin decided it was time to share the news while writing his memoirs. For years, he said, friends would tell him that "everything you've built will collapse" if he told the truth. Martin noted that being a father has taught him to shine. "Allowing myself to be seduced by fear and insecurity became a self-fulfilling prophecy of sabotage. Today I take full responsibility for my decisions and my actions."