Ricky Martin, on the past interview that affects him to this day: "I felt violated"

Ricky Martin, on the past interview that affects him to this day: "I felt violated"

The singer looked back on a 2000 interview with Barbara Walters.

Ricky Martin is recalling one of the most disrespectful interviews he's ever done.

During a discussion with People for its Pride issue, the singer reflected on a 2000 interview with Barbara Walters where he was interrogated about his sexuality, revealing that the exchange haunts him to this day. 

At the time, rumors of him being gay had followed him for years. 

"When she dropped the question, I felt violated because I was just not ready to come out", Martin said of the conversation. "I was very afraid. There's a little PTSD with that."

In the televised interview, Walters asked the superstar if he was "hurt" by the speculation surrounding his sexual orientation. Although Martin refused to comment, the interviewer kept insisting, arguing that he could stop the rumors if he were to admit whether he was gay or not.

The "Living la Vida Loca" hitmaker publicly came out a decade later, and Walters has since expressed regret for putting Martin in such an uncomfortable position at the time of their interview.

"A lot of people say that destroyed his career, and when I think back on it now I feel it was an inappropriate question", she told The Toronto Star in 2010. 

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