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Marisa Laudadio
August 20, 2008 AT 04:00 PM EDT

Ricky Martin is a father to twin boys born via a surrogate, his rep confirms to PEOPLE.

“In recent weeks, Ricky Martin became a proud father by the birth of twin sons,” his rep tells PEOPLE.

“The children, delivered via gestational surrogacy, are healthy and already under Ricky’s full-time care,” the rep said in a statement. “Ricky is elated to begin this new chapter in his life as a parent and will be spending the remainder of the year out of the public spotlight in order to spend time with his children.”

The boys’ names and the location of their birth have not been released.

The “Livin’ La Vida Loca” singer, 36, is a longtime supporter of children’s causes around the globe through his Ricky Martin Foundation.

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