Ricky Martin memoir to talk fame and sexuality

Thu Aug 19, 2010 6:03pm EDT
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Latin pop star Ricky Martin's new memoir will reveal his early struggles with his music career through to his rise to fame and coming to terms with his sexuality and fatherhood.

The English and Spanish-language versions of the book, called "Me" and "Yo" respectively, will be published in hardcover in the United States on November 2 after it was recently acquired by Celebra, a division of Penguin, the publisher said on Thursday.

Martin, 38, the singer of such hits as "Livin' la Vida Loca" said he was writing the memoir alongside announcing he was gay in March, ending years of speculation. He became a father to twin sons via a surrogate in 2008 and at the time no details were given about the birth or the mother.

"Writing this book allowed me to explore the different paths and experiences that have led me to be who I am today," he said in a statement. "I've had to tie up loose ends that I'd never attempted to tie up before, to work deeply into memories that were already erased from my mind.

The singer began his career with boy band Menudo and broke out as a solo artist and teen idol in the 1990s in Spanish-speaking countries.

He released his first, English-language album in 1999, the self-titled "Ricky Martin," which saw two major hits, "Livin' la Vida Loca" and "She's All I Ever Had."

(Reporting by Christine Kearney, editing by Jill Serjeant)

<p>Ricky Martin introduces a segment at the American Theatre Wing's 64th annual Tony Awards ceremony in New York, June 13, 2010. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn</p>