12-24-1971

Ryan Seacrest

RYAN SEACREST, American television host, born; According to Forbes Magazine, Seacrest reportedly makes over $20 million a year. In March 2006, he was photographed kissing actress Teri Hatcher, who later told Access Hollywood that she was “not attached.” Seacrest also stated on The Ellen Show that he, “went out with Teri Hatcher a couple times, but that was it.”

Due to his longtime-bachelor status, rumors have persisted that Seacrest may be Gay, due partly to the sometimes flirtatious banter between Seacrest and American Idol judge Simon Cowell. To date, Seacrest has steadfastly denied ever having a Gay relationship, although he acknowledges “having no problem” with having Gay fans.

In a 2003 interview, Seacrest answered Gay rumors in an interview with the weekly entertainment magazine Steppin’ Out, “I’m trying to think of the best way to describe the feeling I get when I hear that particular rumor. I am a certain way. I am relatively clean cut and I do like to shop for clothes. If I had to break it down stereotypically, that would be a Gay male habit. Well for me it’s not. It’s a straight male habit.” Stuff magazine called him “the American poster boy for metrosexuality.” While denying the Gay rumors, he does not shy away from activities that might further fan the rumors’ flames. In 2005, Seacrest sat as “Queen” of the annual Halloween Carnival in West Hollywood.

One might almost expect him to adopt a child one of these days.

12-24-1971

Ricky Martin

RICKY MARTIN, Puerto Rican singer and heartthrob, born; Grammy Award and Latin Grammy Award-winning Puerto Rican pop singer who rose to fame, first as a member of the Latin boy band, Menudo, then as a solo artist since 1991. He has sold almost 48 million albums around the world, charting twenty-one top-ten hits on the U.S. Latin Charts, eight of which reached number one, and a total of over thirty hit singles. Martin had been very closeted about his private life, leading to speculation that the singer was Gay.

After the success of “Livin’ la Vida Loca”, Martin’s personal life became a subject of interest due to his large gay following, and he was questioned about his sexual orientation. In a December 2000 interview with The Mirror, Martin was asked to comment on the rumors surrounding his sexuality. He replied: “I don’t think I should have to tell anyone if I am gay or not, or who I’ve slept with or not.” 

On March 29, 2010, Martin publicly acknowledged his sexuality in a post on his official website, stating: “I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am.” Martin said that “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.” 

In 2010, prior to Martin coming out, Barbara Walters expressed some regret for pushing Martin in a 2000 interview to admit if he was gay. The Toronto Star quoted her as saying, “When I think back on it now, I feel it was an inappropriate question.”

Martin announced on The Oprah Winfrey Show that he was in a relationship. In 2011, during his acceptance speech of the Vito Russo Award at the 22nd GLAAD Media Awards, Martin publicly thanked his boyfriend, Carlos González Abella, an economist. His relationship with González Abella ended in January 2014.

Martin has also expressed support for Marriage Equality in an interview on Larry King Live, and commented on his experience of being closeted and coming out. “Everything about saying that I am gay feels right…”, Martin stated, adding “if I’d known how good it was going to feel, I would have done it ten years ago.”

Martin delivered a speech at the United Nations Homophobia Conference in November 2012. Beginning April 2016, he started dating Syrian Swedish painter Jwan Yosef, an artist he had been collecting. The two announced their engagement on November 16, 2016 while on The Ellen Show. In 2016, Martin clarified that he is attracted to both men and women, but is only interested in romantic relationships with men so he does not identify as bisexual.

In the wake of the hurricane in Puerto Rico Martin has made several trips to the island to bring millions of dollars in food and supplies to the people there who are struggling there.