From the very beginning, Ricky Martin knew he wanted to be a part of the new series, American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace. It was important to him for several reasons, the cast and crew involved, and the way Ricky could identify with the feelings of Versace.
When speaking with Trevor Noah on The Daily Show, Noah said Gianni Versace’s life was characterized by a struggle to come out as a gay man despite his power, respect, and influence. He “was a human being that struggled to come out.”
Martin appeared on Trevor’s show to talk about the upcoming show and, in the process, revealed his struggles with coming out as well.
Many of Martin’s friends said not to come out as gay because it would “end his career,” and it was considerably painful to hide that part of himself.
Ricky said many of these people were individuals he loved, but they were mere “victims of homophobia.” Martin said he grew up in a culture which told him his feelings were horrible and evil.
And to add on top of that, he was a “sex symbol,” and a “heartthrob.” Ricky’s song, “Living La Vida Loca,” was immensely popular when it came out and made him a huge success in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s; women everywhere were infatuated with the singer.
However, Martin eventually realized that it was time for him to come out and reveal his sexuality to the world, regardless of how it would make some people feel.
After a certain point, it became about what he needed to do to please himself, rather than those around him. Additionally, in the last 20 years, it has become considerably more comfortable for men to reveal the fact they’re gay, considering many American states have legalized same-sex marriage.