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Ricky Martin

has claimed that his parents threw him out of the house after he revealed he was gay. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Martin said he told his mother and father that he was gay at the age of 16, which led to his father's violent reaction. He said: "My father said to me: 'You know what, son? Now I understand why they killed Kennedy'. "He couldn’t take it - one thing is to say you’re gay and another is to tell your dad." Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Once his parents found out about his sexuality, they caught him with a male friend in his bedroom and forced him to leave the house. The former Menudo star said that they then sent him to New York, which was where he felt safe enough to come to terms with his homosexuality. He explained: "It was a struggle - my family, my society wanted me to be something I wasn't and I paid the price." Martin also recently told Oprah Winfrey about his struggle with his sexuality after she made a cheeky comment on her show.