During his 2000 interview with Barbara Walters, Ricky Martin says he ‘felt violated’ when she repeatedly questioned him about his sexuality.
Martin was at the peak of his fame due to his hit song “Livin’ La Vida Loca,” but there were also rumors that he was gay.
“It would’ve been great because when I came out in 2010, it just felt amazing. When it comes to my sexuality, when it comes to who I am, I want to talk about what I’m made of, about everything that I am,” Martin said in People magazine’s latest cover story. “Because if you hide it, it’s a life-or-death situation.”
In the 2000 interview, Walters asked Martin multiple times to come out and address the rumors.
“Do they hurt? How do you handle them?” Walters asked Martin, referring to the rumors.
“Sexuality and homosexuality should not be a problem for anybody,” Martin answered. “I think that sexuality is something that each individual should deal with in their own way. And that’s all I have to say about that.”
However, Walters continued on the topic.
“You could stop these rumors,” Walters, who regularly pressed interviewees in televised interviews, said. “You could say, ‘Yes, I am gay or no I’m not.'”
“I just don’t feel like it.” Martin simply answered.
“When she dropped the question, I felt violated because I was just not ready to come out. I was very afraid,” Martin said. “There’s a little PTSD with that.”
Martin confessed that at the time of the interview with Walters, he was still confused about his sexuality and was dating lots of women and also men.
“Sexuality is one complicated thing,” he continued in the magazine. “It’s not black and white. It’s filled with colors. When I was dating women, I was in love with women. It felt right, it felt beautiful. You can’t fake chemistry — the chemistry was there with them. I wasn’t misleading anyone.”