Ricky Martin Takes His Kids on the Road for Stability

06/03/2014 at 06:00 PM ET

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Ricky Martin is still living la vida loca, and now the single father has two companions along for the ride.

“My pants are made out of Velcro. So they just stick to me everywhere I go,” Martin jokes of his sons in an interview with Entertainment Tonight Canada airing Tuesday night.

“A lot of people say, ‘But Rick, kids, they need stability.’ I’m their stability. … They were born on the road, so they come with me everywhere and they like it. If they spend too much time in the same place, they go, ‘Dad, what’s next?'”

The Latin pop singer welcomed twins Valentino and Matteo via surrogate in 2008, publicly coming out as gay two years later. Now, Martin is balancing a music career with raising his sons, who turn 6 in August.

Martin, 42, says his boys are loving life on the road.

“They’ve been to every museum in the world, they’ve been to every zoo in the world, so they’re having a good time,” he tells ET Canada.

And he wouldn’t be surprised if at least one son followed in his artistic footsteps — though the former Menudo boy bander, who shot to fame at age 12, isn’t quite ready to become a stage dad.

“They have something. They have something going on,” Martin says. “It’s very beautiful to see my kids playing drums, with a beat. At least one of them. The other is a little bit more hippieish. He’s more into nature and water and swimming and flowers. But there is one that is very musical, let’s see how it goes.”

— Michele Corriston

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anonymous on

This may seem trivial, but does anyone know when in August the twins were born? I had mine August 1 that same year…

Ala Lemon on

I can’t believe his boys are amost 6 already!

sam on

Water and flowers, how beautiful is that. Hope Ricky encourages each child to follow their own passion. I have a good feeling that he does.

sam on

I think it is August 19th.

Diana on


nikki on

ok its great he can spend so much time with them, but what about them being with other kids..and away from dad for awhile..they have to learn to be independent..not always “velco” dont think thats too good…im sure they have a tutor, etc..teaching the boys the basic stuff for their age

Lucy on

If he left the twins behind they would never see each other!

bkable on

I think its great, provided its just for the summer. I’m sure they see plenty of friends during the year and now they get some really good bonding time with their dad. Also, they’re twins so its not like they’re alone – they always have a friend with them

Reenie on

He sure is a handsome man.

Nancy on

Class act you are Mr. Martin.

Melany on

He seems to be clueless about children education. Loving your children does not mean having them stuck to you. Poor kids.

halez on

I think its great! There is no better education than seeing the world!! I’m sure he’s very aware of their need to be formally educated. He sounds like a very involved parent. He’s right though. If someone asked me about stability in my kids’ lives, I would say the same thing, “I am their stability.” We have plenty of friends who are missionaries and they take their kids all over the world with them. I think having a global understanding is a wonderful thing.

robinepowell on

I guess if he’s a single dad, then he’s not with his partner he mentioned on Ellen last year anymore.

bitsy on

Nice that he wants his kids with him while he is on the road. Not a bad way to grow up!

Carrie M on

He seems like a wonderful man and an even more wonderful dad!

Charlie on

Reading this article sure puts a big smile on my face 🙂 What a wonderful man you are Mr. Martin, I am sure your sons enjoy being with you. I simply love it!

Keneth Sturdnant on

Hello all,content go fortunate chappy, been playing poker for years, won a few, lost a whole lot, but still kicking and screaming for much more!.

anie.o on

at least he IS with his kids…most stars have nannies….and are away on trips….and then they call themselves a PARENT!! good for him !!!! stay with your kids….while you can….thats life!!!!! still a handsome devil !!!!

shereen basim on

i love u ricky martin