Behind The Music: Ricky Martin Premieres This Weekend
"Menudo was the only possible way for me to make it to the spotlight. So I auditioned like crazy to become a part of the band… I think I went into a state of shock when I finally got the news. And, next morning, at eight o'clock in the morning, I was up on a plane." – Ricky Martin, on joining Menudo which launched his career in show business.
"Everything that I felt at that moment, was pure. A lot of people might say, well you're trying to justify yourself, maybe you're trying to prove yourself something or you're forcing yourself to… it is complicated. I wish I had the answer. But at that moment, it felt real, it felt amazing." – Ricky Martin, reflecting on his long term relationship with TV host Rebeca De Alba.
"That is all I worked for, that level of fame. That's all I dreamed of, that's all I wanted since the beginning of my career. And then when I had it, I was afraid. It's like, oh my God I think I am so exposed." – Ricky Martin, on experiencing the success of "Living La Vida Loca" but fearing he may be outed.
"People always asked me if Ricky was gay. Everyone wanted to know. It was a big mystery. I had to lie. I wanted to lie. I wanted to protect him." – Wilfredo Rosado, Ricky's friend, on protecting Ricky's biggest secret.