He was guarded about his sexuality for years and reserved about his new adventure as a family man - now Ricky Martin is sharing his joy of becoming a father via a surrogate mother on the Oprah Winfrey show.
Ricky welcomed cameras to his home for a candid portrait of his happy family home life for his interview with Oprah, in which he talks about his sons and his sexuality for the first time.
The 39-year-old Puerto Rican megastar quietly became father of twin boys, called Matteo and Valentino, in August 2008.
Previously, the star has only released occasional pictures of himself with the two gorgeous children via his official Twitter account, then 'came out' on his website in March this year.
The singer said at the time : 'I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am.'
But he has never before opened up about becoming father or finally going public with his sexuality.
Before he came out as gay, the Livin' La Vida Loca star had a 14-year on-off relationship with Mexican TV host Rebecca de Alba. However, they split for good in 2005.
The singer had previously refused to comment on speculation that he was gay, saying: 'I don't think I should say whether I'm gay or not, or who I've slept with or not.'
Oprah's interview with Martin is airing in the US on November 2 and he's also due to appear on The View the day after.
View co-host Barbara Walters previously interviewed him in 2000, during which she grilled him about his much-debated-at-the-time sexuality. She later admitted she felt the questions 'were inappropriate.'
When asked by a reporter what the one regret of her career was, Walters' replied: 'I pushed Ricky Martin very hard to admit if he was gay or not, and the way he refused to do it made everyone decide that he was.
'A lot of people say that destroyed his career, and when I think back on it now, I feel it was an inappropriate question.'
Ricky is on the chatshow conveyor belt to plug his new autobiography.
Called Me, it details his life, career and journey to officially come out.
The book hits shops in the US next week.
Meanwhile, the singer's first new material in six years is due out before the end of the year.
The Best Thing About Me Is You is a described as an emotional duet featuring Ricky and Joss Stone and is the first track from a new studio album, due out next year.