Being a parent always comes with its own set of challenges -- but singer-actor Ricky Martin jumped through some additional hoops to reach his long-awaited goal of fatherhood. The Puerto Rican performer, 40, came out of the closet in March 2010, almost two years after twin boys Valentino and Matteo were born via surrogate. But Martin (who recently posed with his handsome boys for the April cover of Vanity Fair Spain) says that he credits his children with the decision to come out. "I am very blessed to be who I am," the star wrote on his official website. "To keep living as I did up until today would be to indirectly diminish the glow that my kids were born with." Martin and his partner, Carlos Gonzalez Abella, now work together to raise the twins, who will be 4 in August.