Ricky Martin: Yes, I’m Gay

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Ricky Martin is opening up about his sexuality.

"I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man," the singer, 38, posted on his Web site Monday afternoon. "I am very blessed to be who I am."

Martin says his twin boys, Matteo and Valentino — whom he welcomed via surrogate in August 2008 — inspired him to speak out.

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"This is just what I need, especially now that I am the father of two beautiful boys that are so full of light and who, with their outlook, teach me new things every day. To keep living as I did up until today would be to indirectly diminish the glow that my kids where [sic] born with," he writes.

Martin — who has dodged questions about his sexuality in the past — continues, "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."

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He says he's relieved after making the announcement.

"The word 'happiness' takes on a new meaning for me as of today. It has been a very intense process," he writes. "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."

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