Singer says he once listened to those who said gays belong in hell

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Ricky Martin says he would like to come out as gay all over again.

Speaking at a UN conference on homophobia, the singer, 40, says coming out was when he finally learned to be true to himself.

‘It’s just beautiful – you find love.

‘For many years I lived in fear. I was hating myself because I grew up listening to a very crooked concept: “You’re gay. You belong in hell”,’ Ricky says.

Ricky is now dating stockbroker Carlos Gonzalez.