Ricky Martin has become an icon to gay teenagers after 'coming out' as a homosexual last year (10). The Livin' La Vida Loca singer was hoping his big confession would have an impact on closeted gay men - but he had no idea it would be a big deal among teens.

He tells Parade magazine, "The other day, I was in a store and there was this 13-year-old child who he told me, 'Ricky, you and me, we are the same! You like boys. Well, you know what? Me too! And this is my mom and she's happy with me today.' Are you kidding me? I had to give him a hug and I had to give his mother a hug because... parents struggle. It's all about love." (KL/LAFR/KD)

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