29 Dec 2010

Surrogate son born to Elton John

9:03 am on 29 December 2010

Sir Elton John is a parent. The British singer/songwriter and his partner David Furnish say a son was born to a surrogate mother in California on Christmas Day.

The child is named Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John.

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

"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 3.6kg.

The BBC reports they provided no details about the surrogacy arrangement.

The couple tried unsuccessfully to adopt an orphan in Ukraine last year.

However, Ukrainian officials said Sir Elton, 62, was too old and his civil partnership with Mr Furnish, 48, would not be recognised as a marriage by Kiev.

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