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Mixed reaction to Ricky Martin's gay revelation

Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin's announcement that he is gay has prompted a host of reactions from fans and pundits, ranging from support to indifference.

In a statement posted in English and Spanish on his website, Martin said he was "very blessed" to be "a fortunate homosexual man".

The 38-year-old said writing his memoirs had inspired him to take "a solid step towards my inner peace".

Ricky Martin, pictured in 2006
Martin's hits include Living La Vida Loca and She Bangs

"Finally!" wrote US celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, reprinting the statement that Martin posted on his website in full. "We're very happy for you, Ricky."

"Bravo Ricky!" echoed UK's Heat magazine on its website, applauding the pop star's decision to "tell us all what we already knew".

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation also congratulated the singer for his "decision to model this kind of openness and honesty".

The announcement, said GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios, could "lead to greater acceptance for countless gay people in [the] US, in Latin America and worldwide."

Gay lifestyle magazine Attitude conceded that Martin's announcement "may not have been the biggest surprise to anyone in the world".

Yet it said that "coming out [was] personal for everyone" and that the singer might have had commercial imperatives to consider.

"Who knows what demons he may have wrestled with - and how many bank managers he may have wrestled with," it wrote on its website.

Some respondents to the BBC's Have Your Say site, however, were at a loss to see what all the fuss is about.

'Publicity stunt'

"Being gay is no big deal," wrote 'Frockney'. "All this 'coming out' business is getting sooo [sic]boring."

"Like we hadn't already guessed," shrugged 'suzie127', adding: "Who cares anyway."

"I like to think that in Britain very few people would bat an eyelid about this," wrote 'Roo'. "But I know that the same cannot be said for other places."

My suspicion is [the news] needed to get out there quickly
Mark Borkowski

"It's hardly the business of anyone else," writes 'Raymond Hopkins'. "Does it really make such a difference nowadays?"

Public relations expert Mark Borkowski said he suspected Martin might have been prompted to make his announcement to pre-empt a tabloid story on his private life.

"My suspicion is it needed to get out there quickly," he told the BBC News website, pointing to Martin's use of the instant messaging service Twitter.

Yet Mr Borkowski also suggested the news might help revive the singer's career following a perceived spell in the doldrums.

"You could argue it's a bold, brave publicity stunt to refocus attention on Ricky Martin when there isn't as much to lose," he went on.

"It could backfire, but I'm not sure what there is to backfire on."



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