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Ricky Martin Admits He Used to Bully Gay People

(Getty Images)In the years since he opened up about his sexuality in a touching blog post in 2010, Ricky Martin has been a vocal supporter of gay rights, particularly in his native Puerto Rico. But in the October 2013 issue of GQ Australia, Martin admits he wasn't always kind to the LGBT community. In fact, it was quite the opposite.

"I was very angry, very rebellious. I used to look at gay men and think, I'm not like that, I don't want to be like that, that's not me. I was ashamed," Martin said of his youth in San Juan. "When you're told you're wrong by everyone, from society, from your faith — my self-esteem was crushed. I took my anger out on those around me."

"I look back now and realize I would bully people who I knew were gay. I internalized homophobia," he revealed. "To realize that was confronting to me. I wanted to get away from that."

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  • Ricky Martin in Arrivals at the Premios Juventud Event
  • Ricky Martin in Arrivals at the Premios Juventud Event
  • Ricky Martin in Arrivals at the Premios Juventud Event
  • Ricky Martin in Arrivals at the Premios Juventud Event
  • Ricky Martin in Arrivals at the Premios Juventud Event
  • Ricky Martin in Arrivals at the Premios Juventud Event
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