Ricky Martin: I feared rejection
Ricky Martin has admitted he took so long to come out as gay because he was scared of rejection.
The Livin' La Vida Loca singer said he was concerned he would receive a negative response from the public.
Ricky - whose autobiography, Me, is released this week - said: "I came out because I had the need to pretty much be free and be happy with myself.
"I received a lot of emails and I received a lot of tweets from people that said, 'You know what Ricky, thank you so much because you gave me the strength ...' And that feels amazing.
"But we have to stop the hate. Like I say in my book, I don't know if it was because of my culture, I don't know if it was my own fear. I was afraid of fear, I was afraid of rejection, and life is too short."
Ricky also said his two-year-old twins, Matteo and Valentino, inspired him to finally be open about his sexuality.
the most important thing was my children. My children gave me the strength. Like I would say, "What am I going to tell them, teach them how to lie?" No, that's not how I want my kids to grow. I want my kids to grow transparent."