Barbara Walters, the American television presenter, has expressed her regret over a controversial interview with Ricky Martin where she aggressively questioned him about his homosexuality.
12:30PM BST 30 Mar 2010
Speaking just before the Latino Pop star confirmed he was homosexual, the 80 year-old broadcasting veteran admitted she had pursued “inappropriate” questions during their interview in 2000.
Walters, who has interviewed some of the world’s biggest names over an illustrious 29-year career, asked him whether he was a homosexual, which he refused to disclose.
She then asks Martin what Gloria Estefan meant when she once told him "enjoy your sexuality" as the star becomes more awkward.
Walters, who is known for getting stars to open up on camera, continues her questioning by asking him how exactly he is "enjoying it."
“In 2000, I pushed Ricky Martin very hard to admit if he was gay or not, and the way he refused to do it made everyone decide that he was,” she told the Toronto Star earlier this month. http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/television/article/775131--barbara-walters-what-kind-of-tree-is-she
“A lot of people say that destroyed his career, and when I think back on it now I feel it was an inappropriate question.”
That interview, broadcast on the American ABC Network, is seen by many to have ruined the 38 year-old’s career.
After the interview his career in America fell flat although he is still considered a superstar in Latin America.
The Puerto Rican singer of hits such as "Livin' la Vida Loca," has long been the subject of speculation about his sexuality.
...but some months after these statements, Walters falls back in her bad vice ask the same question to a famous actor during a pre Academy Awards interview...