While celebrities (or anyone else for that matter) don’t owe us an explanation about their sexuality, it is important, especially in the Latino community, that people share their different experiences to help normalize all kinds of relationships. This week, Joy – half of pop duo Jesse & Joy – wrote a heartfelt letter to reveal her relationship with a woman and to announce that she and her wife are expecting a child.

“Since I was young, I have seen sexual preferences beyond black and white: two people loving each other with consent for me is love, regardless of gender,” she wrote in both English and Spanish. “And even though I never thought that the love of my life would be a woman, 7 years ago, we met and love took us both by surprise. At first, it was difficult for the two of us to accept that we had reached our destination. But leaving aside the fear and who/what people would say, I opened my heart to embrace my happiness. Today, my wife and I are expecting our first baby, a beautiful and healthy baby girl.”

At the top of her letter, Joy said she felt compelled to speak out because some had distorted the facts. She usually doesn’t share details about her personal life, but with this letter, she was able to do it on her own terms.

Read the letter below.