Gay star Ricky Martin was prepared to give up his career and live in obscurity in Asia or Europe when he first fell in love with a man - because he couldn't face telling the world he was a homosexual.
The pop singer finally came out and confirmed decade-long rumours he was gay in March, and in his new memoir, Me, he reveals he almost gave up fame and fortune in his early 20s to run away with a lover he was smitten with.
In a candid TV chat with Oprah Winfrey, which aired in America on Tuesday, the singer revealed, "I wanted to leave everything and I even told him, 'You know what, let's go out and go to Europe, let's go to Asia...' because I didn't want to tell everybody (that I was gay).
"He told me, 'We shouldn't do that. I think your mission in life is very clear; you move masses of people and I cannot be a burden to that. If something goes wrong between us, you're gonna blame me.' These were very beautiful words. Maybe he wasn't in love with me as I was with him, but I understood: 'OK, you don't wanna be with me anymore'."
Martin then had to tell his mother about his true feelings when she noticed how heartbroken he was.
He recalls, "(She said) 'I love you, don't worry. Come on and give me a hug...' Then she cried a lot because she said, 'Oh my God, what's gonna happen to my child, what's gonna happen to his career. Unfortunately people are not ready'."
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