Ricky Martin has spoken of feeling “protected” by the gay community.

The star, who came out last year, said he had been overwhelmed with the “love” LGBT people had shown him.

He told the Guardian: “I feel protected. I don’t feel alone. Because sometimes when you’re quiet about yourself, you feel all alone. And all of a sudden you come out and you have this amazing community, the LGBT community, and LGBT-friendly people, who are giving you nothing but love.

“And if I focus on this, I get tears in my eyes, because, oh my God, I wish everyone that was struggling right now could feel what I’m feeling as I’m talking to you. It’s just love coming from every f**king direction!”

The gay singer, who is father to toddler twins Matteo and Valentino, also said he wants to make his family larger once he finishes a stint on Broadway in Evita.

He said: “I’d like a daddy’s girl.

“I’ll be steady in New York, and then, after I do the play, the baby will be born and I’m going to be able to spend time with her.