Ricky Martin recalls 'uncomfortable' Barbara Walters interview about his sexuality

Ricky Martin is reflecting on his infamous 2000 interview with Barbara Walters, in which the two had an awkward exchange when Walters pressed him about his sexuality.

The 46-year-old The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story star appeared on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen on Monday, when he responded to a fan question about the interview. Martin, who came out in 2010, skirted the question with Walters at the time, but says he doesn't blame the seasoned journalist.

"Have you seen that video? It's horrible, to be honest," Martin admitted to the audience. "I felt like she was knocking, like, punch after punch after punch -- it was really uncomfortable, to be honest. But then again I look at it, and I'm like, why didn't I just say yes back then? Like, 'yes, I'm gay,' who cares, you know what I'm saying?"

"She was just doing her job, everybody was asking that question and she needed to ask it," he added. "I didn't say yes, I didn't say no, and I just left it open for everyone to think whatever they wanted to think, and I insist, why didn't I say yes? And I believe everyone should just say 'yes, it's OK.' If you are, say yes, there's absolutely nothing wrong with it."

In 2010, Walters also reflected on the interview, and called the moment one of her only regrets in her legendary career.

“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. “A lot of people say that destroyed his career, and when I think back on it now I feel it was an inappropriate question.”

Last month, Martin talked to Attitude magazine about keeping his sexuality a secret when his career as a Latin pop star was first kicking off, calling himself "a closeted gay man who was making my partners hide."

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 08: Ricky Martin and Jwan Yosef attend the Los Angeles Premiere 'The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story' at ArcLight Hollywood on January 8, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 07: Ricky Martin and Jwan Yosef attend HBO's Official Golden Globe Awards After Party at Circa 55 Restaurant on January 7, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 02: Jwan Yosef and Ricky Martin attend GQ Style & Hugo Boss celebrate Amazing Spaces with Edgar Ramirez at John Lautner's Harvey House on November 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for GQ Style )
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Actor/singer Ricky Martin (R) and Jwan Yosef attend The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - OCTOBER 10: Jwan Yosef and Ricky Martin attend a benefit for hurricane victims in Puerto Rico hosted by Ricky Martin and Ocean Drive Magazine at the magazine's October issue debut at Wall at W Hotel on October 10, 2017 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Aaron Davidson/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 29: Ricky Martin and Jwan Yosef attends the MOCA Gala 2017 on April 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 29: Ricky Martin and Jwan Yosef attend the MOCA Gala 2017 on April 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Jwan Yosef and Ricky Martin arrive for the Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
Syrian-Swedish artist Jwan Yosef and Porto Rico's Ricky Martin pose upon their arrival for the 25th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Academy Awards Viewing Party on February 26, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. / AFP / TIBRINA HOBSON (Photo credit should read TIBRINA HOBSON/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 10: Recording artist Ricky Martin (2nd L), artist Jwan Yosef (R), and sons Matteo Martin and Valentino Martin attend the premiere of 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' at the Pantages Theatre on December 10, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 10: Recording artist Ricky Martin (2nd L), artist Jwan Yosef (R), and sons Matteo Martin and Valentino Martin attend the premiere of 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' at the Pantages Theatre on December 10, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 25: Ricky Martin and Jwan Yosef attend the Balmain Menswear Spring/Summer 2017 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on June 25, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 25: Jwan Yosef, Ricky Martin, Victor Cruz attend the Balmain Menswear Spring/Summer 2017 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on June 25, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho/WireImage)
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"I submitted myself to my career completely," he told the magazine. "I didn't open doors to new relationships, and I’m not talking about romantic relationships, I'm talking about any relationship, because I didn’t want people to know me too much. I wouldn't even sit down and have a cool relationship with amazing producers or great film directors because I was afraid that if they spent more than two hours sitting with me they would know my nature. I wasted so much energy trying to manipulate my sexuality."

These days, Martin is married to conceptual artist Jwan Yosef. He is also the father of 9-year-old twin sons, Valentino and Matteo. ET spoke to the star last month about portraying the late Gianni Versace's partner, Antonio D'Amico, in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, and he admitted that the role affected him personally.

"When you read and you understand a little bit more of the injustice that surrounds this crime, as a member of the LGBT community, you just get angry and frustrated," he shared. "The only way you can get rid of this anger is to be able to become, in my case, Antonio D'Amico, and try to look for justice."

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INGLEWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Ricky Martin performs on stage during iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina Music Festival at The Forum on November 22, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by JC Olivera/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 20: Recording artist Ricky Martin (2nd L) performs with dancers during the 15th annual Latin GRAMMY Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 20, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 20: Jackson Thomas poses alongside Ricky Martin during a media call with the final five contenstants and their coaches from The Voice at Fox Studios on July 20, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 17: Ricky Martin greets fans during a media call with Ricky Martin at Westfield Hurstville on July 17, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 16: Voice finalist Jackson Thomas (L) poses with Ricky Martin at a Grand Finale event held at Eureka Tower on July 16, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 09: Ricky Martin attends 'El Hormiguero' Tv show at Vertice Studio on June 9, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 16: Ricky Martin smiles at a Grand Finale event held at Eureka Tower on July 16, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Ricky Martin performs at iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina Music Festival - Show at The Forum on November 22, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
INGLEWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Recording artist Ricky Martin attends the iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina festival presented by Sprint at The Forum on November 22, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 20: Singer Ricky Martin arrives at the 15th annual Latin GRAMMY Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 20, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/FilmMagic)
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