Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Ricky & Sinead

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Ricky & Sinead

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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT editor Jeremy Kinser's exclusive sit-down with Ricky Martin met with global fanfare, especially since it ran online in both English and Spanish. Fans directed their messages directly to the artist: "!Aye! !Papi! I love you, Ricky," was an oft-written statement. Many readers had been fans of Martin since his time in the boy band Menudo. "Your music has been the soundtrack to almost my entire life," wrote one young gay Latino. Others praised Martin for becoming a role model for LGBT teens just "beginning to deal with their sexuality and their psyche. I only wish there had been a role model for me when I finally found enough courage to embrace myself." Another said that Martin had created "a great mark of equality" for gays of all stripes. But perhaps one reader summed it up best: "Brains, loves kids, and he could sing me to sleep every night. He just gets hotter by the day." Sinead O'Connor's chat with executive editor Diane Anderson-Minshall created buzz in the U. …

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