Sir Elton John becomes father via surrogate

BSir Elton John and his partner David Furnish have become
parents to a son born to a surrogate mother in California.

Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John was born on Christmas
Day.

“Zachary is healthy and doing really well, and we
are very proud and happy parents,” said the couple.

They provided no details about the surrogacy arrangement.

“We are overwhelmed with happiness and joy at this
very special moment,” the couple told the website in a statement.

They said the boy weighed 7lb, 15oz (3.6kg).

A representative for the couple said they intended to
protect and respect the privacy of the surrogate mother, and would not be
discussing any details relating to the surrogacy arrangements.

Sex And The City star Sarah Jessica Parker and her actor
husband Matthew Broderick had twin girls by a surrogate mother in June last
year and in 2008, pop star Ricky Martin also used a surrogate to have twin
boys.

Sir Elton and former advertising executive Mr Furnish met
in 1993 and were joined in a civil ceremony in 2005.

Last year the couple tried to adopt a 14-month-old HIV
positive boy from Ukraine named Lev.

However, Ukrainian officials said Sir Elton, 63, was too
old and his civil partnership with Mr Furnish, 48, would not be recognised as a
marriage by Kiev.

In December, Mr Furnish told the BBC that they were
working to ensure Lev and his brother “have the best health care,
education and family options available to them”.

Sir Elton released his 30th studio album in October this
year.

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