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Mexican soap opera star comes out

Saying that he was inspired by Ricky Martin, Mexican soap opera star Sebastián Ligarde acknowledged that he’s gay in the latest issue of  TvyNovelas magazine

The 59-year-old star, who gained fame as the villain of the telenovela “Quinceañera,” formerly claimed to be bisexual. But, “I believe I’m at an age when I can help new values ... and to have the courage to accept myself publicly, as Ricky Martin did,” he told TvyNovelas. “I'm gay and I say this with pride. No gay person should have to walk down the street with stigma stamped on his forehead. Sexual preference is genetic ... and if God and my family knows it, then let the world know it.”

Ligarde, who has an acting school in Miami, said he’s already finding a sense of freedom after shutting the closet door behind him

“It’s a day of relief and a lot of courage,” he said. “It takes courage to be honest. It’s much easier to lie.”

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