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Sunday 20 April 2014

Ricky Martin gives parenting tips to Elton John

Elton John and partner David Furniss have pledged to continue their support for Ukrainian orphans

Ricky Martin has given new father Sir Elton John some parenting tips, telling him to grab sleep whenever he can.

The Puerto Rican pop star is openly gay, and is father to two-year-old twin boys Matteo and Valentino, who were born using a surrogate. Elton and his partner David Furnish welcomed their first child, Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John, on Christmas Day.

Ricky says nothing can prepare a person for the love they will feel when they become a parent, although there are some practical things Elton and David will have to take into consideration. “Life changes!” he laughed. “You have to sleep because you are not going to sleep ever again! Babies wake up every two hours. At 7 o'clock you are awake. For me, I was a night owl in the past, but now, I'm up, I'm working, I'm already dealing with the kids.”

Ricky, 39, loves everything about being a father. He tries to spend as much time as possible with his kids, who are very close to each other. They always take each other’s side when Ricky disagrees with one of them, and being the odd one out has left Ricky keen to even things up a bit.

“Fatherhood is incredible! Every day is something different. Matteo and Valentino, two boys, they're constantly ganging up on me but I can take it! They're amazing... I want more. This is only the beginning of our family,” he said during an interview with Y100 Miami radio. “Maybe one, two more. But yeah, definitely. I need daddy's girl.”

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