Ricky MartinJust when everyone had pretty much stopped asking, Ricky Martin finally announced that, yes, he is gay. On Monday, Martin announced via his Web site, "I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am."

In a way, it's quite admirable that he never made his sexual preference public knowledge (even though, you know, it was) before he was good and ready. Once those questions start, those in the public eye have few options in dealing with them. They can pretty much (A) ignore the questions and continue on with their lives -- like, until now, Martin; (B) admit the rumors are true and continue on with their lives, as Neil Patrick Harris has done; or (C) deny the rumors and file a lawsuit.

What's interesting about Ricky Martin's case is that he has now run the gauntlet on all three of these options. This is the same guy who, when asked about his sexuality, responded, "If I were gay, why not admit it?... I am a normal man. I love women and sex. I am a real hot-blooded Puerto Rican, but I have never been attracted by sex with a man."