Born via surrogate in early August, Ricky Martin’s 4-month-old twin boys, Valetino and Matteo, make their debut in this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday. The proud papa spoke candidly at home in Puerto Rico about his desire to be a parent, the decision to go with a surrogate and how he juggles caring for the twins on his own – he has no nanny!
On his fatherhood joy: “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.”
On not having a nanny: “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.”
On his decision to use a 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.’”
Click below to find out Valentino & Matteo’s personalities and Ricky’s parenting philosophies.
On Valetino and Matteo’s different 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!”
On his parenting philosophies: “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.”