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The New York Times bestselling memoir-now available as an enhanced paperback edition with a new Introduction and never-before- seen photos!
In this New York Times bestseller, international superstar Ricky Martin, who has sold more than 60 million albums worldwide, opens up for the first time about memories of his early childhood, experiences in the famed boy band Menudo, struggles with his identity during the Livin' la Vida Loca phenomenon, reflections on coming to terms with his sexuality, relationships that allowed him to embrace love, and life-changing decisions like devoting himself to helping children around the world, and becoming a father. Me is an intimate memoir about the very liberating and spiritual journey of one of the most iconic pop-stars of our time.
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invisible wounds in its wake that would require some time to heal. All the mania lasted more or less two years, by the end of which I was completely empty and numb. In fact, I didn’t want to feel anything anymore. I did everything I had to do without thinking, practically on autopilot. The only thing that truly gave me pleasure was being onstage. It was the only place in the world where I felt utterly free. That’s where I did exactly what I liked to do, how I liked to do it, when I wanted to do
beautiful daughters. Even though I am no longer a monk, the experience helped me find my way.” His words touched my soul. His story intrigued me as well as his wisdom, but most of all I felt something special in the presence of this man and I didn’t want him to leave so fast. I wanted to keep asking him questions, and to hear the rest of his story. I don’t know if it was because he was Puerto Rican like me, or if it was because he had such a special aura, but I felt that we had a very powerful
this I not only believed that I found my center, but I also connected with the energy of the universe. He sat down next to me and placed his hand on my ears and I heard it right away—that high note that came from deep within me. Later the swami placed one hand on my spine and the other hand on my chest and asked: “Do you feel it?” And in that precise moment, I felt the vibration. Later he put his hands on my eyes and I could see the pendulum, exactly as he had described it to me. I thought,
publicly was completely inconceivable to me. There are so many social prejudices against homosexuals that I feared people would never understand me and I would be rejected, because those were the social codes that had ruled my life ever since I was a little boy. So ever since my adolescence, when I first started to feel an attraction for men, I was struggling with the great conflict between my thoughts and my feelings. As children we are taught, we are conditioned, to feel sexual attraction