Although he waited until he was 38 to come out, Martin says he feels no guilt about waiting so long, even though there had been questions about his sexuality for at least a decade. "You know, when I hear about a boy or girl that comes out when they're 15, I'm like, 'You're so lucky! Kudos. I will give you a standing ovation,'" says the former Menudo member. "But there's nothing you can do about it. You have to go through yesterday to be who you are today."
Martin, now 40, also addressed the controversy surrounding his performance at the 2001 inauguration of George W. Bush, a non-supporter of gay rights. "They gave me the opportunity to represent the Latin community," he clarifies. "It was beyond politics. The next day I was in 85 newspapers around the world -- front page. A lot of people said, 'Would you take a picture with him again?' I said, 'Well, he has to do a lot about human trafficking in order for that to happen.' Now I'd say he has to do a lot about human trafficking and the LGBT community."
Last year, Martin applied for a Spanish citizenship, prompting reports that he planned to wed Abella in his beau's native country, where gay marriage is legal. But the singer -- who will next be seen on Broadway in "Evita" -- won't say if wedding bells are in his and Abella's future. "Trust me, everybody is asking me when I'm going to get married," says Martin. "People that I don't know are pushing it. But it's not something that we're talking about."
Martin's twins, Matteo and Valentino. INFDaily.com
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