Ricky Martin Came Out For His Kids

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Ricky Martin and his sons
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So, yesterday, in an event that sort of made him the master of the obvious, Ricky Martin finally came out.

Media pundits and everyday folk alike were scratching their heads -- why now, in this day in age, when being gay and the process of coming out shouldn't be such a big deal? 

Of course, there is the argument that to the person doing the coming out, it's always a personal thing, always a big deal. And then there's Ricky's reasoning -- that after more than a decade hiding in the spotlight, he's coming out for his kids, Matteo and Valentino, gorgeous 18-month-old twins.

"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," Martin wrote on his website. "To keep living as I did up until today would be to indirectly diminish the glow that my kids where born with. Enough is enough. This has to change. This was not supposed to happen 5 or 10 years ago, it is supposed to happen now. Today is my day, this is my time, and this is my moment."

While it's obviously hard for me to put myself in Ricky's Armani boots, I can understand where he's coming from. I've had friends deal with similar situations -- and if it's that hard to come out to your family, imagine having to share such a personal matter with the world.

And even after all this time, you've got to give him props. After all, Ricky's coming out is not just freeing for the singer and his family. "When someone like Ricky Martin comes out, hundreds of millions of people now have a cultural connection with an artist, a celebrity and, perhaps most importantly, a father who happens to be gay," GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios said in a statement yesterday. "His decision to model this kind of openness and honesty can lead to greater acceptance for countless gay people in U.S., in Latin America and worldwide."

So yeah, it might be a little after the fact. But that old saying, better late than never, still holds true here.

Do you think Ricky was right to come out publicly? Or is this all much ado about nothing?

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