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Ricky Martin: "I'm Gay"

After many years of speculating, Ricky Martin made it official today by announcing "I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am." on his website. Click here to read it all.

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03/29/2010 12:08PM
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