Ricky Martin: GLAAD Honoree Talks About 'Intense' Coming Out

The singer tells reporters, "I needed to share it with the world."

Singer Ricky Martin told reporters at the GLAAD Media Awards on Saturday night about the powerful experience of coming out to the world as a homosexual.

"I've been through an intense spiritual process for the last five years, especially the last two years," he said.  "I needed to share it with the world."

Martin called it "an honor" to accept the Vito Russo Award, honoring openly gay and lesbian entertainers at the New York event.

"I'm walking today with my head up high, and to be here? To be receiving an award?  I've only started," he said.

The world responded to his 2010 announcement. He noted that his Twitter followers went from 500,000 to 1.8 million in the aftermath.

Martin is interested in taking the message international. "[GLAAD is] going to Mexico, Argentina, Chile and I want to say that I want to be part of it. I think it's very beautiful," he said.