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Ricky Martin Was Told Coming Out As Gay Would Be The End Of His Career: 'It Was Extremely Painful'

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Ricky Martin is truly an inspiration.
On Tuesday night, the American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace star stopped by The Daily Show with Trevor Noah where he opened up about his decision to come out as gay in 2010.
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Unfortunately, prior to the reveal, the Livin’ la Vida Loca singer was advised by close friends to conceal his true identity. The 46-year-old recalls:

“I was surrounded by a lot of friends that were telling me ‘Don’t! Don’t come out, it will be the end of your career!’… People that love me, people that mean well, people that were just victims of homophobia.”‘

In addition to his career, some believed coming out would hurt his reputation as a “heartthrob” and “sex symbol.”

“If you add to that the fact that I was like a heartthrob, like a sex symbol ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Everybody was telling me, ‘It’s going to be the end of your career.’ It was extremely painful for me until I said, ‘I can’t take it anymore. It’s all about me now, it’s not about what’s happening outside. It’s about what I need in order to be happy.'”

Ultimately, Martin had to do it for his twin boys, Matteo and Valentino, 9.

“I had my kids, and I said ‘I have to come out. I’m not going to lie to these beautiful kids.”‘

As we reported earlier this month, Ricky confirms he is married to Jwan Yosef after previously announcing their engagement in November 2016.
[Image via Brian To/WENN.]

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Jan 18, 2018 22:34pm PDT