Ricky Martin: Ricky Martin's 25-year career in the music industry has taught him more than his fair share of life lessons -- most importantly, the value of family.

The singer, whose 2-year-old twin sons, Matteo and Valentino, were born via surrogate in 2008, is looking forward to the upcoming release of 'Music+Alma+Sexo,' his first album after his six-year break from recording.

In an exclusive interview, Martin tells Parade that his children have taught him, "Heavy lessons about simplicity and unconditional love. I don't want to sound cliche, another father talking about unconditional love, but man, that's the way it is. You hear it all the time, but when you feel this other branch of love getting stronger and stronger every day, it's just amazing."

While it was the late-90s "Latin Explosion" that made Martin a bona fide American star, he says that his celebrity outshone who he actually was, even keeping him in the closet about his sexuality until 2010. "I was allowing myself to be seduced by ego. I just wanted to be on top of the world and be liked by everybody. But, I don't regret a single moment."

Read more of Martin's interview inside.