Ricky Martin and his longtime boyfriend, stock broker Carlos Gonzalez Abella, have called it quits.
"Ricky and Carlos have mutually agreed to end their relationship but continue to be united by friendship and their shared experiences," said a spokesperson for the 42-year-old Boricua.
Apparently the breakup occurred shortly before Christmas. Gonzales Abella is an economist and a nephew of former Puerto Rican governor Pedro Rossello Gonzalez.
Martin publicly came out as a gay man in May 2010 on his personal website. "I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man," he wrote. "I am very blessed to be who I am."
In a candid interview published back in September with Australia's GQ magazine, the Grammy Award winner revealed how he struggled accepting his sexuality and he would bully gay people because he was in denial of who he was.
“I was very angry, very rebellious,” Martin told the magazine. “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.”
He said he remembers how growing up Roman Catholic he was filled with shame for his feelings and impulses.
“When you’re told you’re wrong by everyone, from society, from your faith – my self-esteem was crushed,” he said. “I took my anger out on those around me.”
It was only decades later, and after the birth of his twin boys (via a surrogate mother) in 2008, that the entertainer felt comfortable to come out publicly.
“I look back now and realize I would bully people who I knew were gay,” Martin told GQ Australia. “I had internalized homophobia. To realize that was confronting to me. I wanted to get away from that.”
Martin came out in a letter posted on his website: “The word ‘happiness’ takes a new meaning for me as of today,” he wrote. “It has been a very intense process. Every word that I write in this letter is born out of love, acceptance, detachment and real contentment. Writing this is a solid step toward my inner peace and vital part of my evolution.”
“I am proud to say that I am fortunate homosexual man,” Martin continued. “I am very blessed to be who I am.”