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Ricky Martin Explains His Shirtless Selfie Habit, is 'Obsessed with Social Media': VIDEO

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Ricky Martin is making the media rounds with his new album A Quien Quiera Eschuchar ("To Whomever Wants to Listen") but Ellen DeGeneres was focused on his social media accounts, particularly the shirtless selfies he often posts to Instagram.

"Something happens every moment that I feel like taking that kind of picture. It's like once a month. It's not every day."

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Martin elaborated in an interview this week with PrideSource:

I just want to let people know how normal my life is, and I try to do it with a simple picture - that's what Instagram is about. So the other day I was laying in the sun and I was like, "Hey everyone, I'm here. I'm in a good place." You know, I'm a little bit obsessed with social media, to be honest. That's the first thing I do in the morning. I check out my Twitter, my HeyHey account, Facebook and Instagram, and I read what people have to say and what they need from me as an artist. It's fun, man.

Martin also talked about being single:

To be honest, I love being in a relationship...I love waking up in the morning and, if you're not with your boyfriend, (sending) that first message or text in the morning: "Hey baby, how ya doing? I hope you're fine. I just woke up. I'm doing this and this and this today." I loooove that. I really do. And I love picking up my phone and waiting for that reply from that text - it's great. But at the same time, right now, I'm enjoying being single. I'm enjoying this process. I'm not saying that I don't want to be in a relationship - I would be lying to you. I love being in love.

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Ricky Martin on Life as a Single Dad and on 'Inevitable' Nationwide Marriage Equality

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In an interview with Billboard, Ricky Martin dished on life as a single father, his upcoming Spanish-language album A Quien Quiera Escuchar (To Whomever Wants to Listen), and his thoughts on the spread of marriage equality across America. 

Said Martin of his twin 6-year-old boys Matteo and Valentino:

They're stuck to me constantly. If I'm in L.A. and have to travel to Hong Kong for 24 hours, I'll leave them with my mom. But fortunately, I have sons who are warriors and who were born on tour and don't know anything else. They're road babies. Some people say, "Ricky, your kids need stability," and I say, "I'm their stability. They feel unstable if I'm not there."

On marriage equality's forward march:

It's amazing, isn't it? By June, the Supreme Court will say, "Let's stop this nonsense and cover the entire country." It's inevitable -- equality is inevitable.

Check out the full interview here. And be sure to check out Martin's latest single "Disparo al Corazón" AFTER THE JUMP...

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Ricky Martin Instagrams Heavenly Photos from the Afterlife After Hoax Video Claims He Died in Car Accident

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Ricky Martin is communicating with us from the afterlife - and we badly want to join him. 

The Washington Post reports:

Martin’s death was falsely reported in a graphic — and badly dubbed —YouTube video of a car crash.

Martin, a native of Puerto Rico, tweeted a photo of himself on a beach in response. “Hello from #heaven,” he wrote from what some speculated was Culebra, Puerto Rico.

One more shot from heaven, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Out Country Singer Ty Herndon: The Support I've Received Since Coming Out 'Blew My Mind'

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Ty Herndon hanging with friends backstage at the Grand Ole Opry after Monday's show (Via Facebook fan page)

Country singer Ty Herndon has been feeling the love after his surprise coming out last week. In a follow-up interview with People magazine, he says the positive reaction he's received "blew my mind" and he's been overwhelmed by the support he's gotten from his fans as well as out show folk like Ricky Martin, Lance Bass, Chely Wright and even Leann Rimes. 

Since his statement last week, Herndon has had two public performances filled with emotion, tears, and even a little bit of history. Herndon's first performance after his surprise announcement last week was to a sold out crowd in Robinson, Illinois on Saturday night. It was, he said, an emotional show that ended with a standing ovation. Then on Monday night, Herndon took part in a Christmas benefit for kids at the Grand Ole Opry making him the the first out male country artist to appear on the famed stage.

"My knees were shaking!" he recalled, choking up a bit. "Walking out on the Grand Ole Opry stage as an open, free, happy, godly gay man is not something I thought I'd see in my lifetime. We knew that history was being made up there, and it was humbling."

As he adjusts to his new role as an out/loud/proud performer, Herndon states he is also looking forward to being a force for change in parts of the country where being gay is still a challenge. "There's so much work to be done in the South with all these kids that are struggling so greatly with finding love and support and finding a place to go to feel loved and supported." 

Herndon says he is feeling especially thankful this Thanksgiving week for all the support he's received and is looking forward to spending a quiet holiday in Nashville with his family and his partner.


Gay Iconography: Still Loca For Ricky Martin

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When legendary newswoman Barbara Walters looked back at her career, her biggest regret was an interview with Ricky Martin.

"In 2000, I pushed Ricky Martin very hard to admit if he was gay or not, and the way he refused to do it made everyone decide that he was. A lot of people say that destroyed his career, and when I think back on it now I feel it was an inappropriate question."

Martin, who is credited with kickstarting the Latin pop movement, wouldn’t actually come out until a decade later. In 2010, while working on his memoir, Me, Martin posted a lengthy message on his website about embracing his truth. It ended simply: “I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am.” Having dedicated his time to many causes, including disaster relief and ending human trafficking, his coming out opened opportunities for him to advocate for LGBT issues, eventually earning him a Vito Russo award from GLAAD in 2011.

”Something as simple as standing at that (gay rights group's) dinner and saying, ‘I’m gay,’ creates so may emotions I’ve never felt before,” he told OUT magazine in 2010. “I didn’t do it earlier because of fear, and bottom line it was all in my head. I was seduced by fear and I was sabotaging most of my life—my music, my relationships with my friends, with my family, with everybody. That’s something I need to share because I know that a lot of people are going through what I went through, no matter what their age, and fear cannot control us."

In addition to his music career, Martin has credits from stage and the small screen. Check out some of our favorites, AFTER THE JUMP

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Ricky Martin Rocks 5 Looks in His Speakeasy-Themed 'Adios': MUSIC VIDEO

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"Adios" is the first release off Ricky Martin's forthcoming studio album due next year and the video finds Martin stepping into all kinds of roles at a speakeasy as bouncer, bartender, mobster, performer, and police officer, each more dashing than the next.

Check out the clip, and watch Ricky's facial hair come and go, AFTER THE JUMP...

The clip was directed by Ethan Lader, most well-known for directing Bruno Mars in his music video "Just The Way You Are".

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