Ricky Martin is more creative after coming out as gay, his songwriting partner says.

The singer came out in March after years of speculation about his sexuality and songwriter Desmond Child says the admission has changed him for the better.

Childs said: “I’m really excited about the music, the content, because since he’s come out its unleashed his creativity and the scope of what he can sing about and say and do.

“Once he opened that door a floodgate of energy and creativity just really exploded.”

The pair have been working on new tracks to be released next year and Childs added that they would be a “a creative fusion of rock and pop and electronic and Latin music”.

Childs also praised Martin’s charity work, telling blackbookmag.com: “He’s a formidable person – an activist, a philanthropist and humanitarian. All of the work he’s put into his charity-it’s all going into the music.”

Martin became a father in 2008 to twin boys, Matteo and Valentino, born to a surrogate mother.

Few were surprised when he came out in March, although Martin said he had been “seduced by fear and insecurity “.