Confirming longstanding rumors, Latin pop sensation Ricky Martin came out of the closet Monday. He broke the news on his blog, calling himself a "fortunate homosexual man." We'll get to his remarks in a second, but first here's an interview he gave with Rolling Stone in 1999. Author Nancy Collins broached the subject of his sexuality quite bluntly saying "there’ve been some rumors flying around about your sexuality." Martin responds:

Well, this is show business. It’s a lot of fantasy. You can fantasize whatever you want to be. You can fantasize however you want to [laughs]. Go for it. Be free about it. I’m not too concerned with what people say about me. You can think whatever you want. I know what I am, my beliefs, what I like and don’t like. As I just said, I have the need someday to have a family. And that’s something I’m going to go for. The people I care about know me. I’m happy.

Rolling Stone notes today that he also told the magazine about past girlfriends and what he wants in a woman:

I need a woman who really knows how to take care of herself. She has a lot of class, and she’s brilliant, which turns me on. Rebecca is a very talented, focused woman who knows what she wants. The mother of my kids [laughs].

On Monday, he writes:

These years in silence and reflection made me stronger and reminded me that acceptance has to come from within and that this kind of truth gives me the power to conquer emotions I didn't even know existed.

What will happen from now on? It doesn't matter. I can only focus on what's happening to me in this moment. The word "happiness" takes on a new meaning for me as of today. It has been a very intense process. Every word that I write in this letter is born out of love, acceptance, detachment and real contentment. Writing this is a solid step towards my inner peace and vital part of my evolution.

I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am.