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posted Friday, January 7, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 01
Elton John is a father
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Elton John is a father

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Sir Elton John is a father. Elton, along with husband David Furnish, celebrated the birth of son Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John on Christmas day via a surrogate mother.

A spokesperson for the singer would not discuss the details of the surrogacy arrangements.

'We are overwhelmed with happiness and joy at this very special moment,' Elton and David said in a statement. 'Zachary is healthy and doing really well, and we are very proud and happy parents.'

Like his namesake in Elton's early 1970s hit 'Levon,' the baby boy was born on Christmas Day and weighed seven pounds, 15 ounces, said Fran Curtis, a representative for the couple.

Elton and David formalized their relationship in a much-publicized civil partnership ceremony in 2005 after 12 years together. The ceremony was held at the Windsor Guildhall  the same venue where Britain's Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles married. Elton has a residence in Windsor, outside of London.

Elton says he was inspired to become a father after the sudden death of a friend. The 'Rocket Man' singer had previously resisted David's pleas for them to start a family together, but changed his mind after musician Guy Babylon died of a heart attack in September 2009.

Elton, 63, and David, 48, then tried to adopt a 14-month-old HIV-positive Ukrainian orphan Lev, but they were rejected because of Elton's age and the country's opposition to Gay parents.

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