Looking good, Ricky Martin. And he may be feeling better, too, after opening up about a very conflicted, not-so-proud time in his life.
"I was very angry, very rebellious," Martin says, per News.com.au. "I used to look at gay men and think, I'm not like that, I don't want to be like that, that's not me. I was ashamed. When you're told you're wrong by everyone, from society, from your faith—my self-esteem was crushed. I took my anger out on those around me."
"I look back now and realize I would bully people who I knew were gay," he continues. "I had internalized homophobia. To realize that was confronting to me. I wanted to get away from that."
Now, asked by the mag about his crossover appeal (his fans are men, women, young, old, etc.), Martin, 41, says, "Why not? Why discriminate? I love everyone!"
Martin chose to come out in a letter posted to his website, writing, "The word 'happiness' takes on a new meaning for me as of today. It has been a very intense process. Every word that I write in this letter is born out of love, acceptance, detachment and real contentment. Writing this is a solid step towards my inner peace and vital part of my evolution.
"I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am."
"Before I decided to become a father, I already accepted who I was. I was happy with who I was," he said in November 2010. "When I held my children, I said, OK, it was time to tell the world."