PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Ricky Martin says he's gay

Ricky Martin says he's gay

NEW YORK — Ricky Martin is no longer denying the rumors: He's gay.

In a statement posted via Twitter in both Spanish and English, Martin said: ‘‘I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am.''

For many, Monday's announcement will come as no surprise; the ‘‘Livin' La Vida Loca'' singer's sexuality has been speculated about for years. But the Puerto Rican star, who got his start as a child in the teen group Menudo, never directly addressed it and was usually seen at events with beautiful women on his arm.

Martin, 38, said he decided to reveal the truth after working on his memoirs helped him realize that he had to be free with himself, and not keep any more secrets.

‘Walking Dead' comic book headed to AMC

NEW YORK — AMC network said it's bringing the popular ‘‘Walking Dead'' comic book to TV as a live-action series set to debut in October.

Created by Robert Kirkman, ‘‘The Walking Dead'' explores the aftermath of a world overrun by zombies. It follows a group of human survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, who journey in search of a safe home.

AMC announced Monday that the series will begin filming in Atlanta in June.

Rare items from home of Diana to be auctioned

LONDON — Rare antiques from the ancestral home of Diana, Princess of Wales — including a $18 million Rubens portrait from the 17th Century — will be offered for sale this summer, an auction house said Monday.

Christie's auction house said it will sell about $30 million worth of artifacts from Althorp House, in Northamptonshire, central England.

While none of the lots were purchased by Diana, many have been in her family for centuries — including the Rubens portrait, ‘‘Commander Being Armed for Battle."