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Ricky Martin thanks fans for supporting his "coming out"

Latin heartthrob singer Ricky Martin tweeted his followers this week, thanking them for supporting his decision to come out of the closet.

Martin’s disclosure made headlines around the world when he made the announcement in Spanish and English on his Web site. When the news broke on Monday, Web traffic to his site was so voluminous that the page wouldn’t load for most visitors.

His Twitter message was: "What's going on gang? I'm doing great! Stronger than ever! I'm here relaxing @ home enjoying ur messages! I feel the love! Thanx for all! Peace."

Gay rights groups, including the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), have saluted Martin’s decision to be open about his sexual orientation.

"When someone like Ricky Martin comes out, hundreds of millions of people now have a cultural connection with an artist, a celebrity and, perhaps most importantly, a father who happens to be gay," said Jarrett Barrios, president of GLAAD. "His decision to model this kind of openness and honesty can lead to greater acceptance for countless gay people in U.S., in Latin America and worldwide."