After years of speculation over his sexuality, pop star Ricky Martin has revealed he is "a fortunate homosexual".
In a statement on his website, the Puerto Rican star - who has sold over 60 million albums - said he was "proud" to share the news.
The singer admitted he had kept his sexuality a secret for fear of jeopardising his music career.
After becoming a father to adorable twins, Valentino and Matteo, last August, Ricky said he felt "enough is enough" and things "had to change".
"To keep living as I did... would be to indirectly diminish the glow that my kids where born with," he said in a posting written in both English and Spanish.
He added that his decision to write his memoirs had helped him to free "things that were too heavy to keep inside".