In a Wednesday appearance on ABC's The View, an emotional Ricky Martin received a warm round of applause when he said he loved gay teens.

Martin is returning to the limelight after taking a break from his career to devote time to his twin boys, Valentino and Matteo.

The Livin' la Vida Loca singer, who came out gay on his website in March, is hitting the talk show circuit to promote his memoir Me!, which is also available in Spanish, and an upcoming studio album.

His first stop was an appearance Tuesday on the Oprah Winfrey Show, where he told Winfrey that holding his sons in his arms gave him the courage to come out of the closet.

When Whoopi Goldberg asked the singer his thoughts on the recent spate of gay teens bullied to death, Martin replied the issue was about self esteem.

“As parents we must be constantly telling our children how important they are for their family and for society,” he said.

“If you are out there and you are struggling with your sexuality – I love you.”

“You are very important to me,” an emotional Martin added. “You are very important to this society. God doesn't make mistakes.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)