Ricky Martin once cancelled a gig to go on a date.

The 'Livin La Vida Loca' hitmaker - who has been with partner Carlos Gonzalez Abella for four years - admitted it was very ''expensive'' to make up an excuse for scrapping the show, but he felt it was worth it at the time.

He said: ''I cancelled a show once to be with someone that I loved.

''I had one day. I thought, 'You live in another country, I live in another country. This is incredible and I feel amazing.'

''My manager came up with some excuse. It was the most expensive date I've ever been on. But hey that was a very Beautiful Day.''

Ricky - who is father to three-year-old twins Matteo and VALENTINO - shot to fame as a member of boy band Menudo and says life in the group taught him how to be sexy from a very early age.

He told Details magazine: ''Being part of a boy band, you'd move your hips and girls would scream. I was only 12 - I was a child.

''There was a guy that was 16. He would shake his hips better than me and he'd get more screams. It was like, 'Oh s**t, I'm sexy. But I'm not that sexy.' ''