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Ricky Martin Talks Twins, Being a Hands-on Dad and How It’s Changed Him

There are many different types of dad in the world. Some fall into specific types because of choice, others by life circumstances. So what kind of dad is Latino singer Ricky Martin? He says he classifies himself as “hands-on” when it comes to parenting his beautiful twins Valentino and Matteo, who he welcomed via a surrogate in 2008.

In fact, Ricky is so determined to be hands-on with the now 3 ½ year old twins that he insisted they join him on the promotional tour for his latest album Misica + Alma + Sexo. For many parents, the idea of hopping on a plane “every other night” seems like a nightmare, Ricky and his boys took it all in stride and the boys actually helped keep the crew’s spirits up.

“The crew was building the sets and they’d stop what they were doing and smile and say, ‘Hi Valentino, hi Matteo,” Ricky said. “They are tools of healing, of love, these two. The crew would go back to focusing on their work and dealing with their stress, but those five seconds with the kids were very beautiful for them.”

But parenting the boys the way he does probably wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for the fact that he has such a strong support system – his mother, the family nanny and his partner of four years, Carlos Gonzalez Abella.

About his relationship with Carlos, Ricky said,

“There’s a lot of love and communication. He’s guided by the approach I take with the kids; he imitates it perfectly.”

And while they are both on the same page regarding the boys, their professional lives couldn’t be any more different. “He leaves the house every day in a suit and tie and that is so sexy. It’s two different worlds – his and mine.”

His boys, Ricky shares, are also very different in their personalities as well.

“Valentino is mister peace and love. He loves flowers and nature. If I ever wonder where he is, he’ll be somewhere behind the bushes covered in mud,” Ricky said. “I know it sounds crazy, but I think he meditates. He goes under the water. I’m like ‘He’s gone. He’s traveling right now.’ He’s very Zen and noble.”

On the other end of the spectrum is Matteo, taking charge and making sure that everything is in order.

“He’s more alpha and a leader,” Martin said. “He’s like, ‘You don’t do that, this is what you do.’ He tells his brother what to do and what not to do.”

On a final note, Ricky also said that the boys really have changed him and are continuing to change him each and every day.

“I don’t want to sound cliché, but they teach me new things every day.”

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Kate Givans is a wife and a mother of five—four sons (one with autism) and a daughter. She’s an advocate for breastfeeding, women’s rights, against domestic violence, and equality for all. When not writing—be it creating her next romance novel or here on Growing Your Baby—Kate can be found discussing humanitarian issues, animal rights, eco-awareness, food, parenting, and her favorite books and shows on Twitter or Facebook. Laundry is the bane of her existence, but armed with a cup of coffee, she sometimes she gets it done.

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