09:16 PM EDT 10/21/2013
Originally posted 03/29/2010 05:15PM
After years of sidestepping questions about his sexual orientation, singer Ricky Martin reveals in a heartfelt posting online that he is gay.
"I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man," Martin, 38, said Monday on RickyMartinMusic.com. "I am very blessed to be who I am."
He said his twin sons, who turn 2 in August, inspired him to be true to himself.
"To keep living as I did up until today would be to indirectly diminish the glow that my kids were born with," Martin writes. "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 the power to conquer emotions I didn't even know existed."
Originally posted 08/19/2009 02:00PM
He used to live the "vida loca," but life has slowed down considerably for Ricky Martin since welcoming his fraternal twins, Matteo and Valentino, by gestational surrogate last August.
Sharing personal photos of himself enjoying the sun and surf with the boys on his Web site, Martin, 37, says that fatherhood "feels amazing."
Originally posted 12/10/2008 08:00AM
Meet Matteo and Valentino Martin!
Born via surrogate in early August, Ricky Martin's 4-month-old twin boys make their debut in this week's issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.
A joyful Martin, 36, spoke candidly with PEOPLE at home in Puerto Rico about his desire to be a parent, the decision to seek the help of a surrogate and juggling caring for twins – he has no nanny!
Originally posted 09/03/2008 01:20PM
As a doting dad to his new twin boys, Ricky Martin is livin' la
vida loca – but he wouldn't have it any other way, according to a friend.
"He is so thrilled with his twins that they consume most of his time," a source close to the singer tells PEOPLE. "He is a happy man."
The pop star is so busy raising his long awaited sons that he is delivering his best performance to date: A stay at home dad. "Ricky has no plans to tour at the moment," according to the source.
Originally posted 08/22/2008 01:45PM
Ricky Martin may have shaken his "bon-bon" for many years as a worldwide pop sensation, but friends of the Latin singer have no doubt he can settle down and be a great father to his new twin boys.
Originally posted 08/20/2008 03:30PM
Ricky Martin is a father to twin boys born via a surrogate, his rep confirms to PEOPLE.
"In recent weeks, Ricky Martin became a proud father by the birth of twin sons," his rep tells PEOPLE.
"The children, delivered via gestational surrogacy, are healthy and already under Ricky's full-time care," the rep said in a statement. "Ricky is elated to begin this new chapter in his life as a parent and will be spending the remainder of the year out of the public spotlight in order to spend time with his children."
Originally posted 12/28/2007 02:15PM
Ricky Martin, who celebrated his 36th birthday Christmas Eve, will receive an honor in his native country of Puerto Rico next year, it was announced Friday.
The San Sebastian Street Festival, which begins Jan. 17 and is a wild multi-day event in Old San Juan, is dedicating its celebration to the singer, in recognition not just of his show business career, but of his charitable work as well.
In 2004, Martin founded the Ricky Martin Foundation, whose mission statement reads: "The Ricky Martin Foundation advocates for the well being of children around the globe in critical areas such as social justice, education and health."
The international star issued a statement saying that he is thrilled to receive the honor from the organizers of the 38th annual festival.
– Karen Salkin
Originally posted 04/28/2005 08:50AM
DONATED: Halle Berry (class of '84) is true to her school, giving two of her designer gowns to Cleveland's Bedford High so they can be auctioned during a prom fashion show and raise money to send students on a field trip to the Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati. "She always said that if I need anything to let her know," Yvonne Sims, a guidance counselor and Berry's fifth-grade teacher, tells the Associated Press. (Berry has told InStyle that Sims was her childhood role model.) One dress is a knee-length geometric print that Berry wore on an Ebony magazine cover last year. The other is a white Versace halter-style she wore to a party after the debut of Lackawanna Blues, the HBO film she produced. Bidding, which ends Thursday, starts at $500 per dress.
Originally posted 11/24/2004 06:00AM
How much do you love your favorite star? No, really, how much? In a charity auction on eBay sponsored by Godiva, fans had the chance to bid on dinner parties with stars including Ben Affleck, Leonardo DiCaprio, Benjamin Bratt and Sarah Jessica Parker – but the one who inspired the largest bid was Ricky Martin. Fan Jody Lang is so loca for the Latin singer that she bid $47,200 for him (the money will go to the Ricky Martin Foundation) – and she cashed in her win last weekend, dining with Martin at Chef Allen's in Aventura, Fla. So what's it like to know that someone spent that much to dine with you? "We were thinking about it on the way (to the restaurant) and it's like, what are we going to do, we have to do something besides this," said Martin. But Lang, 34, who was decked out in a red dress to meet Martin, seemed happy just to feast with the heartthrob. "It's a ton of money but it's a dream come true and an opportunity of a lifetime," said Lang, a consultant. "For that, I don't know if you can really put a price on it. He represents so much to me. He's an international spokesman who works with children. I'm an avid salsa and Latin dancer. I love his music. At his shows, he has a way to bring everyone together no matter what your background. He has this infectious power that is just beautiful." And, "he's taller than I thought."
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