Ricky Martin becomes a father

August 20, 2008 5:22:15 PM PDT
There won't be much "livin' la vida loca" for Ricky Martin these days - he's now the father of twin boys. The Latin superstar had the children by a surrogate mother, and the babies were born a few weeks ago. A statement from his representatives says Ricky is elated to begin this new chapter in his life and will be spending the rest of the year out of the public spotlight to spend time with his children.

The 36-year-old Martin is a multi-platinum singer who is best known for English-language hits like "She Bangs!" and "Livin' la Vida Loca." The Puerto Rican star has been active in charitable efforts, including the prevention of sexual exploitation of children.