In a recent interview, Ricky Martin revealed that when he was younger he used to bully gay people - though he himself is a gay man.
The singer, who came out in 2010, told GQ Australia that he struggled a lot with his sexuality when he was younger, which caused him to lash out at his peers that may have been “different” or “not normal.”
Martin told the publication, “I look back now and realize that I would bully people who I knew were gay. I had internalized homophobia. To realize that was confronting to me. I wanted to get away from that.”
He also said that his Roman Catholic upbringing played a large part in making him feel like he was wrong for being a homosexual and convincing himself that he shouldn’t have those feelings, thus crushing his self-esteem and being ashamed.
Nowadays Martin has fully accepted himself and is out and proud as a gay man - as he should be! He went on to tell the magazine that becoming a father to his twins, Matteo and Valentino, has definitely changed the way he looks at the world. “I didn’t want them growing up in a house of lies or thinking that there was something wrong with being gay.”
Very brave interview, Ricky! It not only takes a lot to come out in the first place but to reflect on a time when you were being someone you didn’t want to be and to talk about it is another great act of bravery! To check out the whole interview, be sure to get your hands on the October 2013 issue of GQ Australia, which will be released next month!