Ricky Martin - Ricky Martin 'Protected' By Love
Ricky Martin no longer feels lonely since he revealed last year that he is gay.
Ricky Martin feels "protected" by the love he receives from the gay community.
The singer - who became a father to twins Matteo and Valentino through a surrogate mother in August 2008 - confirmed he was gay last year and no longer feels "alone" because he has so much support from people of similar sexualities.
He said: I feel liberated. I feel in touch with myself. I feel protected. I don't feel alone.
"Because sometimes when you're quiet about yourself, you feel all alone. And all of a sudden you come out and have this amazing community, the LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gender] community, who are giving you nothing but love.
"And if I focus on this, I get tears in my eyes because, oh my God, I wish everyone that was struggling right now could feel what I'm feeling as I'm talking to you. It's just love coming from every f***ing direction."
Ricky - who has been in a relationship for four years - announced he was gay via a statement on his website and he admits he was "really scared" after posting the news.
He recalled to The Guardian newspaper: "When I pressed send, I was really scared.
"I went to my room and I was holding my pillow, and three minutes later I called a very good friend and said, 'Tell me what they're saying.' And she's on the other line, crying, 'You don't understand the amount of love you're receiving.' "