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Martin on coming out: 'I felt free, I felt liberated'

When Ricky Martin announced in an e-mail blast in March that he was gay, the Latin pop star says he was so relieved, "I just started crying like a little baby. I started crying," he told Oprah Winfrey in an interview on her talk show that aired Tuesday. "I felt free, I felt liberated, I felt that I could finally say I love myself completely."

"I couldn't take it anymore," he said of being closeted. "It was too painful." He attributed his decision to come out to being a parent to his 2-year-old twin sons Valentino and Matteo, born via surrogate. "When I was holding them in my arms, I was like, what am I gonna teach them - how to lie? . . . And I said, 'Hold on a second.' Before I decided to become a father, I [had] already accepted who I was and I was happy with who I was. Then, when I was I was holding my children, I said, 'OK, it's time to tell the world.' "

Martin, 38, said he had his children through a private surrogacy arranged by an agency. He also revealed that he is in a relationship. "It feels amazing. . . . Love happens when you least expect it. . . . I was very happy the way I was and then all of a sudden - ta daa. . . . He loves my children. . . . It can't get better."

Martin, who is promoting his memoir "Me," is scheduled to appear on "The View" Wednesday.

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