Mexican soap star Sebastian Ligarde has praised Latin singer Ricky Martin for giving him the confidence to 'come out' as gay.

The Livin' La Vida Loca hitmaker went public with his sexuality in 2010 and his bravery inspired the Quinceanera actor, who plays the villainous Memo in the hit Spanish-language Tv show, to follow in his footsteps.

In a recently published interview with Mexico's TvyNovelas magazine, the 59-year-old actor revealed he has been in a committed relationship with a man for 20 years.

He tells the publication, "I believe I'm at an age when I can… have the courage to accept myself publicly, as Ricky Martin did. He has been an inspiration for me when it comes to talking about this subject. I'm gay and I say this with pride. No gay person should have to walk down the street with stigma stamped on his forehead. Sexual preference is genetic... and if God and my family knows it, then let the world know it."