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Ricky Martin opens up on being a father

Ricky Martin, who has twin 2-year old sons, has given an interview about the lessons he has learnt as an openly gay father. 

The 'She Bangs' star only publicly came out as gay in 2010 after years of industry pressure, but has explained the impact his children, Matteo and Valentino, have had on his life. Speaking to Parade magazine, he revealed:

"Heavy lessons about simplicity and unconditional love. I don't want to sound cliche, another father talking about unconditional love, but man, that's the way it is. You hear it all the time, but when you feel this other branch of love getting stronger and stronger every day, it's just amazing."

He also said that 2011 will see a big tour:

"A very intense tour. I just can't wait to be back on stage. It's also gonna be a time to relax, believe it or not, because after writing the book and releasing this album and spending years in the studio, I have the time to actually see the reaction of the audience. For the last two years it's been about the output, so now it's about the beauty of the stage and going around the world and performing. It will be great."

Watch Ricky Martin's politically charged video for 'The Best Thing About Me Is You' here: