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Ricky Martin Comes Out

Ricky Martin is no longer denying the rumors...he has announced that he is gay.

In a statement posted on his website, Martin wrote, "I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man, I am very blessed to be who I am."

For many, the announcement came as no surprise. The 38-year-old pop star has been sidestepping questions about his sexuality for years.

Martin first rose to fame as a child star, in the boy band Menudo.

And in 1999, when he rocked the house at the Grammys, he became, for a time, the biggest star in the world.

But with fame, came the questions. In 2008 he became a father of twin boys with a surrogate. He wrote on his website that his sons inspired him to finally reveal the truth about his sexuality.

"To keep living as I did up until today would be to indirectly diminish the glow that my kids were born with," he wrote.

"Ricky has been a sex symbol for so long, but there have also been rumors for so long that women probably aren't terribly surprised that he's come out," says People Senior Editor Julie Dam.

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