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.
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