Ricky Martin Admits To Forcing Boyfriends Back Into Closet

Ricky Martin has admitted to suppressing not only his own sexuality, but also his past boyfriends as well.

In an interview with UK's Attitude about his role in the mini-series The Assassination of Gianni Versace, Martin opened up about how he can personally relate to his character, Antonio D’Amico, Versace's longtime partner.

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“The level of injustice that we as a community were dealing with back then was heavy,” said Martin. “I played every role before I even started working on this project.”

Martin didn’t publicly come out until 2010.

“I was a closeted gay man who was making my partners hide,” he explained. “I had relationships with other men who were in the closet and I had other relationships with men who were not in the closet but because of me went back into the closet. And so I’m re-living everything that I did.

“I wouldn’t even sit down and have a cool relationship with amazing producers or great film directors because I was afraid that if they spent more than two hours sitting with me they would know my nature. I wasted so much energy trying to manipulate my sexuality.”

In January, Martin revealed that he and Jwan Yosef had married in secret, and together are raising their 9-year-old twins Matteo and Valentino.