Elton John Becomes New Dad

Elton-JohnElton John and partner David Furnish are the new proud parents of a baby boy.

Usmagazine.com reported on Monday that Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John was born on Christmas Day through a surrogate mother. “We are overwhelmed with happiness and joy at this very special moment,” John and Furnish, who were married in 2005 and have been together since 1993, told Usmagazine in a joint statement. Zachary, who was born in California, weighed 7 pounds and 15 ounces. “Zachary is healthy and doing really well, and we are very proud and happy parents,” the couple said.

Zachary is the first child of the 62-year-old John and Furnish, 48. John and Furnish refused to divulge the identity of Zachary’s mother to protect her from the prying eyes of the media and to preserve her privacy. A rep for the couple also said that details about the surrogacy process would not be discussed.

John and Furnish, who have several godchildren and are supporting children in Africa, are expected to become hands-on parents to Zachary. In a previous interview, Furnish said that they “don’t want to put the raising of children into the hands of nannies and housekeepers.”