Elton John received a better Christmas present than most on Saturday when he and his husband, David Furnish, became proud parents of an adopted baby boy they named Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John. The "Benny and the Jets" singer has now spoken with UsMagazine.com about how it feels to have his longtime desire to become a father come true.
"For many years we have talked about fulfilling one of our greatest wishes by becoming parents," he said. "And now this wish has been granted to us, we feel so blessed and lucky."
While many celebrities are ringing in the New Year with engagement news, John and Furnish celebrated Christmas with the arrival of the 7-pound, 15-ounce baby, which was delivered by an unidentified surrogate. This is the first child for John, 63.
A joint statement released by John and Furnish on Monday announced, "Zachary is healthy and doing well. [We are] overwhelmed with happiness and joy at this very special moment."
John and Furnish had attempted to adopt an HIV-positive 14-month-old boy from the Ukraine last year, but were prevented by government officials because of the pop icon's age and marital status. But that didn't turn the British singer away from his dream to become a father. He and Furnish hired a surrogate for the pregnancy, though they are keeping those details private.
This may be the couple's first child, they are no strangers when it comes to kids. John and his husband serve as godparents to a combined six children, including John Lennon's son Sean, Elizabeth Hurley's son Damien, and David and Victoria Beckham's sons Brooklyn and Romeo.
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