Stopping by ABC’s Popcorn with Peter Travers, pop superstar Ricky Martin chatted about his recent acting turn as Gianni Versace’s boyfriend Antonio D’Amico in FX’s "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story" series which could earn the 46-year-old his first Emmy Award nomination.
Along the way, the subject turned to Martin’s positive outlook on life and the “Shake Your Bon-Bon” singer became effusive about how liberating coming out as gay was for him.
In fact, he says he wishes he could come out again.
“I always say this, I wish I could come out again because it felt amazing,” Martin said. “The freedom, the feeling of liberation was so powerful, that’s what I mean by saying I wish I could come out again because it just felt amazing."
"And then after that, people coming to me and saying 'Thank you so much for coming out. Because of you, I understand my father better. I understand my sister better.' So it’s an important thing to do.”
With LGBT Pride celebrations in full swing, the Latin hunk beamed with his message of self-acceptance.
“For those out there that are struggling with their identity, everything is going to be fine,” Martin said. “Just be yourself. Love yourself.”
The 46-year-old father of two also touched on how he’d feel if his kids were to come out.
“I don’t know, my kids are too young, but I wish they were gay,” he said. “It is a very special thing. The sensitivity, the way I see now, that I don’t have to hide in any way shape or form. I see colors. And then you see the rainbow. I understand why the symbol is the rainbow. It’s just real. Everything is tangible. It makes me a stronger person.”