After four years together, Ricky Martin and his boyfriend Carlos Gonzalez have decided to go their separate ways.
Martin first came out as a gay man in May 2010. "I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man," he wrote on his personal website. "I am very blessed to be who I am."
Last year, Martin spoke highly of Gonzalez in an interview with Vanity Fair. "I have experienced wonderful things with my partner. Complexity, understanding, and, at the same time, freedom, not being afraid that your partner is judging you. That is what I have found with Carlos," Martin said.
"We're going on four years together ... When I started the process with my sons, Carlos wasn’t in my life. He said: 'I'm looking for a boyfriend, not a father with a family.' And I said to him: 'You've found a grown-up, full-fledged man.' I created a family structure and if he didn't understand he’d ask me questions and we were on our way. He has a really strong personality. He’s nobody’s puppet.” Martin is the father of 5-year-old twin sons, Matteo and Valentino, who were born via surrogate in 2008.
Now, Martin's rep has confirmed that the couple has decided to end their four-year romance. "Ricky and Carlos have mutually agreed to end their relationship but continue to be united by friendship and their shared experiences," the rep said in a statement.
On December 27, Martin tweeted: "Changes oh changes." Was this statement foreshadowing the end of his relationship to Gonzalez?
Changes oh changes.
— Ricky Martin (@ricky_martin) December 27, 2013
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