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Sat Jun 5, 2021, 12:30 PM

Ricky Martin is still traumatized from the time Barbara Walters tried to out him in 2000

Ricky Martin said that he’s still traumatized by the time Barbara Walters asked him about his sexuality when he was still deep in the closet. “When she dropped the question, I felt violated because I was just not ready to come out. I was very afraid,” Martin told People, referring to a 2000 interview with Walters. “There’s a little PTSD with that.”

In that interview, Walters asked Martin about “rumors that talk about your sexual orientation.” “Do they hurt? How do you handle them?” she asked in the interview as Martin’s pop career in the U.S. was taking off. Homosexuality was still illegal in parts of the U.S. – including in Puerto Rico – and no state had legalized marriage equality yet. “Sexuality and homosexuality should not be a problem for anybody,” Martin answered vaguely at the time.

But Walters wasn’t satisfied. “You know, you could stop these rumors,” she said. “You could say, as many of us have, ‘Yes I am gay,’ or you could say, ‘No I’m not,’ or you could leave it as you are ambiguous. I don’t want to put you on the spot,” Walters said, putting him on the spot.
She then said that she is asking about it for him, because it’s something that people were talking about.

Martin would come out 10 years later in a post on his official website and today he’s married to Jwan Yosef and they have four children together.

https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2021/06/ricky-martin-still-traumatized-time-barbara-walters-tried-2000/

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Reply Ricky Martin is still traumatized from the time Barbara Walters tried to out him in 2000 (Original post)
left-of-center2012 Jun 2021 OP
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DURHAM D Jun 2021 #2
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brush Jun 2021 #6
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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sat Jun 5, 2021, 12:34 PM

1. Another reason why I have never liked Walters

Completely irrelevant line of questions and she wouldn’t back down.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sat Jun 5, 2021, 12:37 PM

2. Someone should of asked Barbara about her sexual orientation.

I know she has had a relationship with a woman.

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Response to DURHAM D (Reply #2)

Sat Jun 5, 2021, 12:42 PM

3. Should have ;)

"You could say, as many of us have"

Did Baba Wawa come out as gay at some point and I forgot about it?

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Response to DURHAM D (Reply #2)

Sat Jun 5, 2021, 01:10 PM

4. She also had an affair with Sen. Edward Brookes, a Black man...

a married Black man.

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Response to brush (Reply #4)

Sat Jun 5, 2021, 01:14 PM

5. Also, she served for years as Roy Cohn's beard . nt

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Response to DURHAM D (Reply #5)

Sat Jun 5, 2021, 01:17 PM

6. Right. She got around.

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Response to brush (Reply #4)

Sat Jun 5, 2021, 03:27 PM

7. Also a Republican.

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