I met Ricky Martin just when he was about to jump-start his career with Living La Vida Loca and the Cup of Life. He was at a mall in Miami, Florida signing records. The pop singer with his long locks and ripped jeans struck me as down to earth. We talked a little about his career moves and how excited he was to hit the mainstream pop market. That was then, and this is now.
Ricky Martin recently wrote an autobiography called “Me”. The 39-year-old Latin pop singer who started out singing in Menudo, the original boy band, at the age of twelve tells all in his memoir. He related to CNN that writing about his own life brought him closer to the truth which was difficult at first to ascertain since he had erased some painful memories he had to revisit.
This past March he posted on his website a message, that read like song lyrics, for all his fans:
“Today is my day, this is my time, and this is my moment. These years in silence and reflection made me stronger and reminded me that acceptance has to come from within and that this kind of truth gives me power to conquer emotions I didn’t even know existed . . . I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am.”
And this seemed to be the first step for Ricky to open up about his life. His experience writing the book was cathartic. He opens up in 304 pages, which could be read in either a Spanish or English version about his life experiences, and his own struggles with homosexuality and acceptance. It is an intimate look at the singer and his choices including parenthood. Ricky Martin has twin boys born via a surrogate mother.
“It is an incredible spiritual journey,” he wrote in a statement this past Thursday.
Writer Paulo Coelho praises such a journey:
“In the process of revealing the human being behind the artist, Ricky Martin offers us a testimony of exemplary honesty and greatness of soul. While I was reading, I remembered a verse from the Persian poet Hafez, ‘Not even seven thousand years of joy can justify seven years of repression.” (Penguin)
If you are a fan, read the book and enjoy the journey with Ricky Martin.
Ricky Martin Says He’s A Fortunate Homosexual Man. CNN.com
Martin, Ricky. “Me.” Penguin.com
The Official Ricky Martin Website. RickyMartin.com