Ricky Martin has been an out-and-proud man since 2010, and the Latin singer has made no secret of his desire to be open and inclusive in the LGBTQIA+ community. On June 17, 2021, Martin posted images with his husband, Jwan Yosef, on Instagram from a shoot they did together for Cap 74024 to celebrate Pride.
On June 29, Martin took to Instagram again with a post that showed him wearing long acrylics and addressed the hateful comments he was receiving from his previous post, reports Entertainment Tonight.
According to ET, the singer was shocked at the negative response to his post with his husband. “A week ago, I uploaded some photos with my husband for a special edition of the magazine Cap 74024. It was a wonderful experience for both of us and a way to celebrate our pride,” Martin wrote in Spanish.
Martin continued, “What I did not expect, especially after all the work that has been done for so many years, is that a large number of people decided to stop following us or comment in a derogatory way.”
For Martin, the prospect of losing followers wasn’t the issue. The negative responses that Martin received reminded him why he was hesitant to come out in the first place.
Martin writes, “it is the message behind this decision that has caused me the same feeling that I had years ago before sharing publicly about my sexual orientation. That same fear that paralysed me, tormented me and would not let me be.”
“The most I wish in this life is that we can all feel free, proud of ourselves, happy, loved, respected and accepted. That we can express how we are born without retaliation or being punished,” he writes.
The singer finished off his post by giving a message of acceptance and love. “To all those who feel lost or not valued for being who they are and want to be, they are not alone, there is a great community that awaits them with open arms.”