Ricky Martin: Coming Out Was an "Intense" Experience

It was only a year ago that Ricky Martin admitted to the world that he was a gay man. Saturday night he took the stage at the GLAAD awards, where he received the Vito Russo award, honoring openly gay and lesbian entertainers. 

"I've been through an intense spiritual process for the last five years, especially the last two years," Martin told reporters in New York.  "I needed to share it with the world." 

Coming out may have been a huge hurdle for the singer, but he's reveling in the positive response he's gotten from the public. 

"My twitter account went from 500,000 to 1.8 million (followers)!" says Martin, since the announcement. "I'm walking today with my head up high, and to be here? To be receiving an award? I've only started."

The "Livin' La Vida Loca" crooner and dad of 2-year-old twins Matteo and Valentino, says he's ready to help GLAAD spread their message of love to other Latin American countries.

"Let's share the love! Let's go to Mexico! Let's go to Columbia! Let's go to Argentina! Let's go to Chile! Let's go to Brazil! We need you GLAAD -- we need you down there," he said. "I can help, I can do it! I'll be part of it. I want to be part of it. 

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