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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