Ricky Martin and Carlos Gonzalez split, allegedly because of this common problem

He is a dad, a singer, a Latin sensation, and now, he's single. Forty-two-year-old Ricky Martin recently split with partner Carlos Gonzalez according to People. "Ricky and Carlos have mutually agreed to end their relationship but continue to be united by friendship and their shared experiences," a rep for Martin told People. The couple, which had been dating for nearly five years have ended on what appears to be amicable terms. Martin has two twin sons, Matteo and Valentino, of which Gonzalez helped care for. But a source told People in November that the couple was on the rocks, because of the complications of a long distance relationship. "They've spent very little time together and have grown apart. They've been on the outs for a while now," said the source.

Last year Martin spoke of his sons and partner to Vanity Fair, saying:

“I have experienced wonderful things with my partner. Complexity, understanding, and, at the same time, freedom, not being afraid that your partner is judging you. That is what I have found with Carlos. We’re going on four years together . . . When I started the process with my sons, Carlos wasn’t in my life. He said: ‘I’m looking for a boyfriend, not a father with a family.’ And I said to him: ‘You’ve found a grown-up, full-fledged man.’ I created a family structure and if he didn’t understand he’d ask me questions and we were on our way. He has a really strong personality. He’s nobody’s puppet.”

Martin may have been hinting at a split over the holidays, when he tweeted a couple of ambiguous but hinting tweets:

And now that his family of four has been knocked down to three without Gonzalez, how will it effect the kids? Martin himself said, many children grow up without a father or mother, like President Obama or Bill Clinton. "I’m your father and your mother. All families are different," he said when asked what he tells his children in the VF interview.