Martin in The Assassination of Gianni Versace. Photo: Ricky Martin Instagram
Pop icon Ricky Martin has told a US TV station that he wishes his two young children were gay and that it was a ‘very special thing’ to be gay.
Martin, who recently starred in the hit US drama The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Series, was talking to US celebrity TV programme ABC’s Popcorn with Peter Travers.
During the interview Martin told the ABC host that he would relish the opportunity to be able to come out again.
Martin wants to ‘come out’ as gay again
’I wish I could come out again because it just felt amazing. And then after that, people coming to me and saying thank you so much for coming out. Because of you, I understand my father better. I understand my sister better. So it’s an important thing to do.’
As Travers praised Martin for coming out to the world, Martin then says: ‘I don’t know, my kids are too young, but I wish they were gay. It is a very special thing.’
The Livin’ la Vida Loca star has two children, twins Matteo and Valentino, who were born in 2008. Martin came out as gay the same year.
He said that he wanted to persuade others to follow his example and not hide who they really were from the world. ’The sensitivity, the way I see now, that I don’t have to hide in any way shape or form.’
He continued: ‘I see colors. And then you see the rainbow. I understand why the symbol is the rainbow. It’s just real. Everything is tangible. It makes me a stronger person.’
Martin played Antonio D’Amico, the long term partner of Italian fashion designer Versace in FXNetwork series The Assassination of Gianni Versace.