updated 02/01/2011 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 02/01/2011 AT 8:55 AM ET
Ricky Martin has been through a lot in the past year. But keeping him calm at the center of his crazy life are his two most adoring fans – 2-year-old twin sons Matteo and Valentino.
“Every day they teach me different things,” the pop star, 39, tells Parade of his boys, born via surrogate in August 2008. “The love is there. When you have a 2-year-old saying every other hour, ‘Papi, te amo. Papi, I love you,’ it can’t get better.”
Certainly, there’s never a dull moment. “A lot of people say, ‘Wow, you’re a single father of twin boys, that’s crazy!’ ” he says. “Two toddlers can get hectic, but I wouldn’t change it for anything.”