Ricky Martin confesses: I bullied gay people
Pop singer and The Voice mentor Ricky Martin has admitted in an interview in the October issue of GQ magazine that as a closeted youngster in San Juan he would bully gay people.
The 41-year-old who is now openly gay and has two children with his partner explained in the magazine's cover story he was angry and ashamed growing up.
"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.
"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."
Martin says he internalised his homophobia and admitted to bullying "people who I knew were gay”.
Martin first came out in 2010. Since then he has become active in the LGBTI community, speaking out against hate crimes and was a beneficiary of the GLAAD Vito Russo Award for his work in promoting equality for LGBTI people.