The entertainer discusses being comfortable in his own skin and how he’d feel if his kids were gay

When the Emmy nominations are announced in July, pop icon Ricky Martin could be up for his first ever nod for his portrayal of Versace’s partner Antonio D’Amico in FX’s American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace.


Last week, Martin stopped by ABC’s Popcorn with Peter Travers and spoke about how coming to terms with his sexuality helped him relate to his character.

“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.”

The 46-year-old father of two also discussed 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.”

As Pride celebrations are being held across the country, the Grammy-winning entertainer shared empowering words for anyone wrestling with their sexuality.

“For those out there that are struggling with their identity, everything is going to be fine,” Martin said. “Just be yourself. Love yourself.”

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