Ricky Martin debuts his twins in People

Update: People Magazine cover via Popcrunch

Singer Ricky Martin, 36, will reveal his four month old boy twins in the upcoming issue of People, and judging from the small picture on People’s website they’re adorable. Matteo and Valentino Martin were born from a surrogate rumored to be Martin’s cousin. (If this rumor is true she was probably just the gestational carrier and not the twin’s biological mother.) Martin says he is a devoted father and that he has no nanny or nurse to help with the babies. It sounds like he really loves being a dad and wants to be there for his sons:

PEOPLE: Describe this time in your life
MARTIN: I’m so happy! Everything they do, from smiling to crying, feels like a blessing. Being a father feels amazing. This has been the most spiritual moment in my life.

How hands-on are you as a father?
I don’t have a nanny. I’m doing this on my own because I don’t want to miss a moment. I have a personal assistant who helps me, someone who takes care of me while I’m taking care of them, but I’m the one who changes the diapers, the one that feeds them, the one that bathes them, the one that puts them to sleep. For any parent, the first couple of months tend to get a little bit intense.

Why did you choose to become a parent via surrogate?
Adoption was one option, but it’s complicated and can take a long time. Surrogacy was an intriguing and faster option. I thought, ‘I’m going to jump into this with no fear.’

Tell us about Valetino’s and Matteo’s personalities.
Valentino loves to sleep. I call him ‘Mr. Peace and Love’ because he’s so chill and serene. Matteo is more alert and active. He was up at 3 a.m. the other night and just hanging!

What is your philosophy on raising your sons?
I love to read books to my sons and tell them stories. I play music for them so they develop their own personalities. I want to give them information and raise them with honesty and love, and give them self-esteem and a lot of acceptance.

[From People]

Martin is rumored to be gay, but I think if he revealed anything about his orientation to People we would be hearing about it. Good for him for becoming a dad and taking such good care of his sons. He sounds like he’s truly thrilled by the process.

Martin has received some criticism from Catholic leaders and from a Mexican talk show host for choosing to father children without a partner. It hardly seems fair to say that he shouldn’t be a single parent when it’s a perfectly viable option for women. You can tell that he loves his sons and really cherishes them.

In August there was a story that celebrity magazines weren’t interested in photographs of Martin’s newborns because, according to an unnamed editor (Bonnie *cough* *cough*) “We don’t think he is going to tell the backstory, so the whole thing just seems kind of icky.” It sounds atypical that a single young guy would wants to raise two children on his own, but I would hardly call it “icky.” Words like “noble” and “dedicated” are more likely to come to mind.

Ricky Martin is shown on 10/16/08 getting his star on the Walk of Fame. Credit: Bauergriffin

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  1. Samantha says:

    Why should he come out and say he is gay and get an even bigger onslaught of backlash from the homophobes who are convinced that being gay will infect everyone around him? Its better not to say anything and just let people assume. Plus, he doesn’t have to answer to anyone :) Cute babies Ricky!

  2. geronimo says:

    Aw, sweet babies! Good for him, he sounds blissfully happy.

  3. Sue D. Nimm says:

    Those kids sound like they’ve got a really devoted dad. Ricky sounds really happy too.

    But the baby’s eyes are sooo blue…maybe it’s photoshop or something, but those eyes are scary. 8O They’re still cute though.

  4. Codzilla says:

    Gorgeous babies. And Ricky really does seem like a devoted and loving parent.

  5. photo jojo says:

    Oh those babies are adorable!! :)

  6. Kaiser says:

    Hola bebes bonito! Very cute. He seems like a good, involved father.

  7. CandyKay says:

    I like the fact he’s taken time off from his career to focus on the kids.

  8. MoJo says:

    They’re CUTE! (Lol, at their little ??? looks at the cameras.) And he just looks so unbearably happy to be holding them.

    I’m glad he addressed the adoption thing because I worried about that. And as for the critics, especially amongst the Catholic church (of which I’m a part), I say, bravo to him. We need more men in the world willing to love and take full responsibility of children. Sure, maybe it’s a little suspect, what he’s not telling everyone (and why should he not keep some things to himself?), but this is how people should be brought into the world. With love and devotion.

  9. irl says:

    He and the babies are so cute.
    I hope they do keep doing stories on them.
    I also hope people would quit being so obsessed over others sexuality.
    Are they a good person or not? That should be more improtant. Ricky has always come across as a good and caring person. Now seems like a great Dad to boot.

  10. Griega1 says:

    Que lindo son!!!!!! Ricky Martin has always seemed like a genuine person with integrity & compassion (a trait that’s sadly uncommon today in the world). Good for him that he decided to become a father and is now happy to have two beautiful sons. More proof that being Ok with yourself and choosing to live your dreams, no matter what they are is the key to happiness.

  11. Syko says:

    Those babies are just delicious! More power to him, he’s taken on a hard and often thankless job.

  12. daisy424 says:

    The look on his face says it all. Proud Papa :D

  13. Kristin says:

    Awww. How sweet. :] And I agree, it’s no one’s business if he is gay. The “church” already thinks he is unfit because he doesn’t have a partner, imagine if he were gay.

  14. Dubdub2000 says:

    “Noble”? “Dedicated”?….uhm…no.

    It is icky. This is a man who decided to have a biological child by himself. When Michael Jackson does it NO ONE finds it noble or dedicated. Creepy is more like it. Icky is definetly right on.

    If a woman decided to have a kid by herself via a sperm bank , I dont think anyone would be singing her praises.

    I am sickened by what money can buy you in the US.
    I am sickened by what “medicine” is being used for these days, from asolutely useless hedonistic plastic surgery to making babies for rich people who cant be bothered to adopt ’cause it’s hard and takes time. And God knows they are used to getting everything they want: NOW!

    Lets not be coy about this: when you pay a surrogate or an agency to “make you a kid” those kids are therefore for sale.

    If Brangelina, Madonna, etc… can adopt he could too. And yes it takes time, even for celebrities and there’s a reason for that.

    When did having 2 parents become optional? If you end up being a single parent because of the vagaries of the heart (or of contraception) fair enough. But if you set out to be a single parent, there is nothing noble or dedicated or anything other than blind selfishness involved.

    Children should not be for sale.
    Children are not commodities.

  15. brista says:

    ^^ Oh, hey, troll! ^^

    ~*Anyway*~ those kids are adorable! Also, they apparently both have a fivehead like Tyra.

  16. Kim says:

    Aww Ricky, can I be their mother. I love the father and the babies. Cute cute things.

  17. RAN says:

    Dubdub, I normally don’t respond to borderline racist comments, but I WILL point out that Jodie Foster had a child by herself as did Calista Flockhart. Many women have adopted children alone – Angelina Jolie among them – and I don’t agree that it makes a difference. What’s the big deal? If you can’t find a partner or aren’t satisfied with the partners that come your way, but you want children… why should you do without? Why should HE do without a child because he’s a single man? Sure, ideally, two parents are the normal package, but should a child never be born or should a child sit forever awaiting adoption, just because TWO people (who were together) didn’t come along? That philosophy makes no sense

  18. Dubdub2000 says:

    First of all: What racist comment? Where was there any allusion to race? I havr no idea what you are talking about.
    Second: Jodie Foster did not have a kid by herself she was in a long term relationship. Calista Flockhart did not have a biological child by herself either: she adopted! In any case, whether it’s a woman deciding to go to a spermbank or a man deciding to go hire the services of a uterus and an ovocite, I still find it to be very questionable. What’s the big deal you say? Exactly what you referenced: that people just think about themselves and NOT about the kids. “Why should you do without?”! Because then you’ll have one day to explain to that confused as heck kid why he or she does not have a father or mother. It’s one thing to know that you have a history and that for whatever reason you ended up being brought up by a single parent or adopted. It’s another to know that your parent was just so obsessed about what THEY wanted that he or she would just decide to put you into this world knowingly with an anonymous donor or a uterus mercenary and not another potential parent.
    To me it is equivalent to the mothers who decide to keep drinking knowing full well they are pregnant and the potential repercussions on the unborn child: because THEY want to, THEY feel they should be able to do whatever THEY want. Problem is: it’s not about the parent, it’s about the child!
    Children are not the parents’ property. They grow up and are their own people and have to live with the choices the parents made. Why make it more complicated than in needs to be just because you feel you SHOULD have a kid come hell or high water? Some folks need to stop being so darn selfish and think about the consequences for the other persons’ life BEFORE their own sometimes.

  19. Colleen says:

    I don’t think Ricky is gay. But really, who cares? He is a loving, sincere man. He wanted kids but didn’t have anyone special in his life. Why shouldn’t he be able to have one of his own? The argument that he SHOULD adopt could be applied to ALL birth parents, right?

    As for the Catholic church, well I was raised Catholic and to me they are increasingly irrelevant. It seems that today all they preach is hate. I believe that what REALLY matters is that each of us try to be the best person we can be, and that’s it.

    Ricky obviously loves those kids. He is a good father and is an example to all parents, especially men, of what love is all about!

  20. RAN says:

    What is the consequence in loving and raising a child YOU wanted? Your argument makes little sense. I see where you’re trying to go, but if the child is cared for and loved by someone who desperately wants a child… then the ‘choice’ is easy to make.