Interview: Ricky Martin - It's No One's Business Whether I've Been to Bed with a Cow, a Broom or a Woman. I'm Not Going to Tell Anyone If I'm Gay or Not; Pop Superstar Ricky Martin Is Playing It Coy, but He Does Admit He'd Love to Get Married. by Sally Morgan

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Interview: Ricky Martin - It's No One's Business Whether I've Been to Bed with a Cow, a Broom or a Woman. I'm Not Going to Tell Anyone If I'm Gay or Not; Pop Superstar Ricky Martin Is Playing It Coy, but He Does Admit He'd Love to Get Married. by Sally Morgan


Byline: Sally Morgan

An exclusive audience with the Latino legend Ricky Martin against a backdrop of an 8ft square bed would be many women's ultimate sexual fantasy. So when I actually meet the Puerto Rican pop star in the golden-brown flesh in a magnificent bedroom at London's Sanderson Hotel, I'm not disappointed.

Taller than I imagined at more than a strapping 6ft, he's suffering from a lack of sleep after flying in from Miami on his private jet at 3am the night before, but his long-lashed, chocolate-coloured eyes are still smouldering. Not only is Ricky decidedly hunky, he's sold 40 million albums and is reckoned to be worth more than pounds 60m. He's also duetted with Madonna, and George Michael is one of his biggest fans.

Since storming to No 1 with Livin' La Vida Loca in the summer of 1999, Ricky, 28, has conquered the world with his sexy Latin beats and it's easy to see why the ladies all fall for his obvious charms. Despite this, though, there have been question marks about his sexuality.

Ricky was overjoyed at the tribute George Michael paid him when he mentioned Ricky's name in his cover of Nina Simone's My Baby Just Cares For Me, but he was possibly less thrilled when George reportedly urged him to follow in his footsteps and come out of the closet. So what about all these rumours?

"There's not a lot I can do about that," he says, wriggling in his seat slightly. "I guess these rumours were started by people who don't have a life, or perhaps it's because they want me to be like them and I'm not. I try not to pay attention to any of these allegations. I could have been married with kids for years or have 27 girlfriends, and if people still want to go around saying that I'm gay, they will.

"Whether I've been with a cow, a broom, an aeroplane, or with a woman, it's no one's business. I don't think I should have to tell anyone if I am gay or not, or who I've slept with or not. Sure, I have a big gay following, but when I'm singing I don't have girls or boys or horses or grandparents in mind - my music is for everyone."

Certainly, Ricky's only public love interest has been with beautiful, prominent women. His ten-year relationship with Mexican TV presenter Rebecca de Alba ended in July last year due, he claims, to their work commitments. Another suggestion was that Rebecca reacted jealously when Ricky recorded the duet, Be Careful, with Madonna. Prior to that, Ricky dated stunning Brazilian model and actress Adriana Biega, who appeared in My, Myself and Irene with Jim Carrey.

"Four years ago, I came very close to getting married," he admits. "So close that I went with my father to a store to buy the engagement ring. I suddenly turned to him and said, 'You know what, Dad, forget it. I can't do this'. To which he replied, 'Oh, you're crazy, my son. OK, let's go'. The girl in question didn't even know I'd planned to buy her a ring, although she found out later through someone else, so it wouldn't be fair to name her."

The other rumour circulating about Ricky, which seems to contradict the one that he's gay, is that he is actively looking for a wife. His answer to this query is more clear cut. "I'm not ready for marriage yet," he says. "I'll be 29 on Christmas Eve, but in my culture that's old for a man to settle down. Guys back home usually marry at 20. By the time they're 26, they're divorced and start all over again. So my plan is to step out of that mind-set and live a bit.

"I'm single now, but eventually I would definitely like to get married. I seem to be attracted to the woman who doesn't look at me, the one who ignores me, the one with attitude. At school, I remember this girl who never liked me and I was so in love with her. I like a woman who's a challenge, with a strong personality, a stubborn, focused woman who knows what she wants and how to get it, a woman who teaches me and will make me fly.

"Perhaps I'd like to marry someone who's as intense as my mother, who's honest and tells it like it is. …

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