Father of four Ricky Martin opens up in his Out cover story about fatherhood and the challenges he has faced in being a gay man considering adoption

By Jen Juneau
August 12, 2020 12:52 PM
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Ricky Martin and daughter Lucia
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Ricky Martin has always wanted a big family — and he's more than open about how that might come to even further fruition in the future.

In a new cover interview for Out magazine's new Family Issue, the Latin pop superstar opens up about life at home with husband Jwan Yosef and their children, revealing that they have considered adoption to expand their brood that already includes daughter Lucia, 19 months, plus son Renn, 9 months, and twin boys Matteo and Valentino, who turn 12 this month.

"Many years I dreamt of being a father, and many, many, many times I went through this grieving process of I am gay, I am a closeted gay man, and I'm not going to be able to be a daddy," says Martin, 48.

"Obviously adoption is an option and it's very beautiful, but unfortunately for gay men it's very difficult to adopt in some countries," he adds.

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Ricky Martin's son Renn
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Ricky Martin with husband Jwan Yosef and sons Matteo and Valentino
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While the singer "would love to have many grandkids in the future and have every Sunday filled with family" he and Yosef will "have to see what happens," as they definitely have their hands full currently.

"There's moments where I want 10 more, and then there are those mornings where everybody's crying and I'm like, 'Okay, maybe we're fine at six [people in the family],' " Martin admits.

He's also aware that becoming a parent to a newborn again can get more difficult as he ages. "Listen, I became a daddy when I was 35; it's not the same thing when you're 48. You need the energy!" he says.

"And I'm strong, trust me, I'm healthy — I'm carrying two babies at the same time and the stroller and the backpack — but it's a lot. It's a big responsibility," Martin continues.

Jwan Yosef and Ricky Martin
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The actor and former Menudo member also spoke with Out about being a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and his child advocacy organization, the Ricky Martin Foundation.

"I am an advocate for solid laws that will protect children, but just like I am a man with good intentions that is trying to adopt, there are many people out there with horrible intentions that just want to abuse children," he says.

"I am one of those that says, 'Yes, I want laws to protect children,' but at the same time I realize it's difficult for me to bring stability to this child living in an orphanage that has no one to visit him [because of those laws]. So it's kind of frustrating," Martin adds.

"If I don't do something, I'm allowing it to happen," he continues of his actions on the child advocacy side and elsewhere, including hurricane relief, HIV awareness and more. "If I have the platform that social media has given me to talk to 75 million people, it would be horrible not to talk about the things that people need to hear."