Ricky Martin – who came out as gay in March – is said to open up about his first gay encounter and reveals other intimate details in his upcoming autobiography.
The book, titled Me, was reportedly put on sale by a Puerto Rican bookstore before its release date and newspapers Primera Hora and El Nuevo Dia have published some juicy titbits.
According to the reports, the Latino pop star says that he always knew that he was gay.
“Since I can remember, I have felt a very strong attraction to other men and, although I can say that I have also come to feel a lot of attraction and a lot of chemistry towards women, it is men who ultimately awaken what is instinctive, the animal in me,” he writes.
Martin says that it wasn’t until he reached his thirties that he became comfortable with his sexuality. The birth of his surrogate twins Mateo and Valentino later inspired him to come out publicly.
Speaking about how he felt after he finally told the world that he was gay, he says:
“And then all that fear I felt, the fear many people have at the moment they come out of the closet, it was just in my head. I know that maybe this is not the case with others when they decide to do it – there are those who are faced with a painful wall of misunderstanding and rejection – but I can say my own experience was nothing but positive and empowering.”
In the book, Martin also discusses his first relationship with a man, an American radio journalist and DJ, that took place in 1993:
“We met at a radio station and from the moment we saw each other it was like a great encounter between souls, at least for me. I was travelling out of Los Angeles and went to the station for an interview. The moment I opened the door to the studio, I found myself face to face with the most beautiful eyes I had ever seen.”
Martin will be appearing on the Oprah Winfrey Show this week to promote the book. He has sold more than 60 million albums worldwide and is the founder of the Ricky Martin Foundation, a non-profit organisation that advocates for children around the world.