Ricky Martin in PEOPLE

Ricky Martin unveiled his 4-month-old twins Matteo and Valentino born via surrogate to PEOPLE in this week’s issue. The 36-year-old singer, who’s been rumored to be gay, talked to the magazine about fatherhood:

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.’

I don’t know why anyone would willingly procreate. The only good thing about babies is you can blame stuff on them. Like if you broke a vase. Blame the baby for knocking it down. Or if you crashed the car on the way home from the bar. Blame the baby for stealing your keys. Or if you impregnate another woman. Blame the baby’s crying for driving you insane and into the arms of another woman. Other than that perk, I don’t see what the big deal is.

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