After years of public speculation, singer Ricky Martin came out of the closet in 2010 — and now he has been given the Vito Russo Award, honoring openly gay and lesbian entertainers, by GLAAD.
“I just want to be free,” Ricky said in his acceptance speech. “I can say today I’m free. And for that I definitely need to thank my parents for being so supportive, my mother and my dad for their unconditional love, and my friends, my family, my fans. And my partner in crime and my boyfriend Carlos.”
“And GLAAD, let’s go to Latin America, let’s share the love! Let’s go to Mexico! Let’s go to Columbia! Let’s go to Argentina! Let’s go to Chile! Let’s go to Brazil! We need you GLAAD — we need you down there, we need to spread the love in Latin America. Let’s do it in Spanish. I can help, I can do it! I’ll be part of it. I want to be part of it.”
Ricky, who is now openly livin’ la vida loca with his partner Carlos, has twin boys and is currently preparing to go on tour.