Elton, 65, and David Furnish, 50, are thought to be using the surrogate who gave birth to son Zachary — now 23 months old.
Elton was “over the moon” last night.
A surrogate for the Rocket Man singer and hubby David is due to give birth next year, The Sun can exclusively reveal.
Last night a source close to the pair said: “Elton and David love this lady like a sister and they feel indebted to her for life.
“Naturally she has been well rewarded. But her identity will never be revealed.”
The mum — believed to have been recruited via the Center for Surrogate Parenting in Encino, California — is said to be already “several months” pregnant.
Zachary will have turned two by the time his sibling arrives. He was born on Christmas Day 2010.
The source confirmed Sir Elton and his partner had been making preparations for child No2.
Staff working for the superstar have been sworn to secrecy.
But The Sun understands a hunt is on for an extra nanny, who will be based at his mansion in Windsor, Berks.
Just months ago Elton told how he and Furnish were keen for their son — full name Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John — to have a brother or sister.
He said: “At what stage we don’t know. But we definitely will. I don’t want him to be an only child.”
Yesterday excited Elton kept his nappy news to himself as he landed in Australia for a sell-out tour.
Furnish — 50 last month — will tonight be at a glittering bash at London’s iconic Battersea Power station.
He and Hollywood’s Kevin Spacey are co-hosting the annual Winter Ball — which raises money for the Elton John Aids Foundation.
Furnish will then jet out to join his husband.
Last night Elton’s agent refused to comment.
from The Sun UK
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Elton, 65, and David Furnish, 50, are thought to be using the surrogate who gave birth to son Zachary — now 23 months old.
Madonna is calling for an end to her feud with Elton John — dedicating one of her songs to Sir Elton during a recent concert in France … and saying she forgives him for calling her a “fairground stripper.”
It all went down Tuesday night in Nice — Madonna dedicated her song “Masterpiece” to Elton, saying, “I know he’s a big fan of it. And I know he’s a big fan of mine. And you know? I forgive him. Gotta start somewhere.”
In case you didn’t know, Elton said Madonna “looks like a fucking fairground stripper” earlier this month in an interview — adding, “She’s such a nightmare … Her tour has been a disaster and it couldn’t have happened to a bigger cunt.”
But Madonna’s dedication might have been backhanded — because “Masterpiece” is the song that beat out Elton John’s “Hello Hello” for Best Original Song at the Golden Globes in January.
Elton was pissed — and his husband David Furnish famously blasted Madonna after the GG win, calling her “desperate” and saying her acceptance speech “was embarrassing in its narcissism.”
But now, Madonna wants to let bygones be bygones … or does she?
Elton John Has Extremely Harsh Words For Madonna
By now it’s no secret that Sir Elton John and Madonna, two of the biggest legends in the music business, are not exactly seeing eye to eye these days. The brawl came to a head when Madge’s W.E. track “Masterpiece” beat out the Crocodile Rocker’s Lady Gaga duet from Gnomeo & Juliet at this year’s Golden Globes.
But Elton, at least, has yet to move on, since he had some particularly nasty words for the Queen of Pop in a new interview with Molly Meldrum — exclaiming “her career’s over,” and even going so far as to call her a “cunt.” Has he gone a bit too far this time around?
As if to rub salt in the wound, Elton had nothing but praise for Katy Perry, Rihanna, and especially godmother to his son Lady Gaga: “She’s amazing. Wherever she is in the world, she sends texts saying how is he, she comes and bathes him, she sings to him.”
But apparently Madonna hasn’t been quite so kind to Zachary’s godmother. “She’s been so horrible to Gaga,” Elton said, after slamming MDNA for trying to be younger and hipper than the Material Girl can get away with anymore. (A bit of criticism that has been lobbed at the album elsewhere as well.)
“If Madonna had any common sense she would have made a record like Ray Of Light and stayed away from the dance stuff and just been a great pop singer and make great pop records, which she does brilliantly,” Elton said. (Hey, there’s a compliment buried in there somewhere!) “She looks like a fucking fairground stripper.”
Well, even if Elton’s career advice is sound, this is a pretty harsh way to say it, particularly in a public interview. Elton’s claws are clearly out. Will Madonna respond in kind?
Admittedly, when the review request came in for Elton John’s first novel, Love Is The Cure: On Life, Loss, and the End of Aids, I didn’t focus on the latter half of the title — thinking I’d be reading more about his iconic musical career. Rather, what I experienced was an astounding story of John addressing the personal milestones and struggles of his life and career within the larger context of the personal toll AIDS has taken on his life.
John uses personal anecdotes of his close friends including Freddie Mercury, Princess Diana, Elizabeth Taylor, but starts with the story of Ryan White. The thirteen-year-old White was a hemophiliac who received a tainted blood transfusion, contracted the HIV virus, and was ostracized by his own community. Seriously, the horror stories of his treatment will blind you with rage. But White was not to be deterred, he lived an inspiring life, brought national attention to the disease, and his devastating death led John to two realizations: His own life was a mess. And he had to do something to help stop the AIDS crisis.
The singer makes a compelling argument using government reports and information from healthcare foundations to suggest that we are much closer than we thought to winning the fight against HIV/AIDS, but yet, there is still no cure. He contends a large part fighting the battle against the disease is rooted in love. John says, “This is a disease that must be cured not by a miraculous vaccine, but by changing hearts and minds, and through a collective effort to break down social barriers and to build bridges of compassion Why are we not doing more?”
John has dedicated himself to overcoming the stigma of AIDS and finding a cure. For the past 20 years he has done this through the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which has raised and donated $275 million to-date to fighting the disease worldwide. His story is a powerful one of conviction and emotional force, which conveys the personal toll AIDS has taken on his life, and his infinite determination to stop its spread.
What you realize as you read this book is that while a cure would be magnificent — it’s more about fighting a larger battle of ignorance, fear, and hatred by our own peers, loved ones, and even more scary — our government officials and religious leaders. It’s pretty eye-opening.
The sale of Love Is the Cure will benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation — thus furthering John’s commitment to the fight and raising awareness. Do you have to purchase this book to help? Not necessarily. You can do your part with love and tolerance, but purchasing this book does help you understand the larger struggle.
from The Round Table
Elton John says he should be dead because of his self-destructive lifestyle decades ago.
“By all rights, I shouldn’t be here today,” he told the International AIDS conference on Monday.
But, he said, people including strangers showed him compassion as he battled drug addiction and came to terms with his sexuality. He said he’s been sober for 22 years and has a loving partner and son.
John said he believes people with AIDS deserve the same love, compassion, respect and understanding he received when he “hit rock bottom.”
“We have to replace the shame with love,” he told the audience. “We have to replace the stigma with compassion. No one should be left behind.”
He also urged the crowd to end hate, indifference, homophobia and the stigma against people with AIDS and HIV.
John, who set up a foundation to fight the disease, said prevention, treatment, clinical research and a vaccine also are needed to end the epidemic.
“All it takes is a bit more funding and a bit more understanding,” he said. “All it takes is dialogue and the power of words to change actions.”
John said the way to move forward is by combining talents, knowledge and technical abilities to get the message out about AIDS, such as communicating through social media, though he acknowledged not knowing how to use Twitter.
“I have no idea how to tweet,” he said, as the crowd laughed. “I can sing, but I can’t tweet.”
John also noted what he said was an incredible change in attitudes towards gay marriage in the last few months.
He saluted several public figures for standing up in support of same-sex marriage including Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden, President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Colin Powell.
He also said viewpoints on same-sex relationships have especially changed in the African-American community thanks to comments by rapper Jay-Z, singer-songwriter Frank Ocean and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
John said there hasn’t been a notable role model for the AIDS and HIV community since Magic Johnson.
“We need people to say it’s OK to be HIV positive,” he said. “We need to move forward in that respect. We need to embrace each other.”
from The Associated Press
Singer Elton John says he always thought his homosexuality was “common knowledge” which is why he never officially came out until he was asked directly.
The 65-year-old, who married partner Renate Blauel in 1984 before confirming he was gay in 1988, says he was “waiting” to be asked about his sexual preferences, reports femalefirst.co.uk.
Asked by ‘Today’ host Matt Lauer why he didn’t come out until he was in his 40s, he said: “Nobody asked me. When (journalist) Cliff Jahr asked me in Rolling Stone, ‘I’m gonna ask you a question, but if you don’t want to answer it, I’m gonna turn the tape recorder off.’
“And I said, ‘You’re gonna ask me if I’m gay or not.’ And he said, ‘How did you know that?’ I said, ‘I’ve been waiting for people to ask me this. It’s not exactly a secret. I live with my manager. I’m openly gay outside. I don’t have a girlfriend. And nobody’s ever actually out – I just thought it was common knowledge.’ ”
from The New York Daily News
Elton John has been hospitalized for a serious respiratory infection … and it has temporarily derailed his concerts … TMZ has learned.
Elton checked into Cedars-Sinai Hospital in L.A. at 6 AM Wednesday. John underwent a battery of tests, after which the doctors recommended that he NOT perform for 7 days. He was told he needed “complete rest and antibiotic treatment to prevent damage.”
The singer had to cancel 4 concerts scheduled this weekend in Las Vegas.
Elton tells TMZ, “It feels strange not to be able to perform these ‘Million Dollar Piano’ concerts at the Colosseum … I love performing the show and I will be thrilled when we return to the Colosseum in October to complete the 11 concerts.”
Elton added, “All I can say to the fans is ‘sorry I can’t be with you.”
Elton John is a no good dirty lyric stealer — at least according to a self-proclaimed “award-winning” photojournalist and songwriter, who claims Elton coldheartedly ripped off the lyrics to the hit song “Nikita.”
The man behind the accusations — named Guy Hobbs — filed the lawsuit in Illinois federal court, claiming he wrote a song called “Natasha” back in 1982 based on his affair with a Russian cruise ship waitress … and three years later, Elton jacked his idea.
According to the lawsuit, Guy copyrighted the song and circulated the lyrics to multiple publishing companies — including Big Pig, which solely publishes Elton John songs — but he never heard back.
In 1985, Elton John released “Nikita” — and Guy claims the lyrics bear “significant similarities” to “Natasha” … even though “Nikita” is about a GERMAN female border guard. Hobbs doesn’t specify exactly which lyrics were allegedly stolen.
Now, nearly 30 years later, Guy is suing for copyright infringement — demanding unspecified damages.
As for what took him so long to sue — Guy says he’s been living in Africa since 1984 … and news travels slow over there.
A rep for Elton and Bernie have released a statement … saying they “do not know the plaintiff, nor did they make use of any song lyrics he claims to have written when they wrote ‘Nikita.’”
The rep continues, “In short, the suit is completely meritless. The fact that Hobbs has chosen to wait more than 26 years after the release of “Nikita” to bring this lawsuit calls his motives into question. Sir Elton John and Mr. Taupin fully expect to prevail against this baseless claim.”
Elton John will be up for a Golden Globe for song for “Hello, Hello” (co-written with longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin) from the film “Gnomeo & Juliet” on Jan. 15. John’s third Globe nod comes amid a whirlwind of activity for the 64-year-old pop legend.
Your nominated song is a duet with Lady Gaga, whom I know you are very artistically simpatico with. How did that happen?
When she asked me to do the  Grammys, one of her songs merged into “Your Song,” and I left it up to her. I said, “We’ve met before, but this is your moment on the Grammys. Tell me exactly what you want me to do.” It was such a fun thing. I was kind of like that at the beginning of my career. I dressed outrageously, and I didn’t care about boundaries.
It wasn’t like handing over the torch, but it gave her my blessing, because it’s nice to endorse young people. She was doing pretty well before that, but it was like me saying to her, “I absolutely love you, and you go ahead and do what you want to do because you do it great.” That happened to me with people like George Harrison and Neil Diamond.
I know you’ve been working on a biopic. Is that still in the works?
That’s very much in the works. We’re making an announcement about that very, very soon. We have a director on board, and then it’s just going to be a matter of getting the script exactly the way we want it. Lee Hall has written a script — he wrote “Billy Elliot” — and then we’ll start trying to cast and plan.
And who will be you?
I don’t know. I’ve got a wish list of people. No. 1 on my wish list is Justin Timberlake, because he played me before in a David LaChapelle video of “Rocket Man” and was superb.
So that would be a jukebox musical in earnest?
That would be a jukebox musical in earnest, maybe with a couple of new songs. You never know. Because it’s going to be a surreal look at my life, and not just a factual look at my life, more in the manner of a “Moulin Rouge!” I just don’t want it to be a normal biopic because my life hasn’t been like that. And it only goes up to when I go into rehab in 1990. It starts with me going into rehab and ends when I come out.
Same director as “Moulin Rouge!”?
We tried to get Baz [Luhrmann], but Baz is so busy. We can’t announce it yet, but we have got someone on board that we’re very excited about.
HBO is airing Cameron Crowe’s documentary on the making of “The Union,” your latest album with Leon Russell. Do you know when that’s airing?
I think in February.
How did your collaboration with Leon Russell on the album come about?
He was my idol in the late ’60s and ’70s. I toured with him and then we seemed to go in separate ways. And I was in Africa about three years ago, and I was listening to his CD, and I got very emotional and I just said to my partner, David [Furnish], “I need to find this guy and go have dinner with him.” I found him, and I haven’t talked to him for 38 years and eventually I said, “Would you like to make a record?” I just wanted Leon at his age to get the recognition that he deserved as a songwriter and artist and performer. “The Union” came in at 3 on the Billboard chart, and this year he became a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Everyone remembers him now. He’s one of the American great songwriters, and I just wanted him to get his respect back, and he has got that now. We manage him now; my company manages him. He has a good future now. And before that, he was in the wilderness, and I just wanted to bring him back from the wilderness and introduce him to a generation of people who didn’t know who he was.
I understand you’re going into the studio soon. But you’ve said you don’t need to make pop records anymore.
Yeah, I’m going in January. I have the lyrics from Bernie, and I’m very excited about them. I haven’t any clue what the songs are going to be like because I haven’t written them yet. I’m going to try to write them in Honolulu in January in my hotel room on an upright piano. If not, I’ll be writing in the studio.
When I say I don’t have to write pop songs anymore, there’s no way I’m going to get on the radio at 60 years of age unless I’m doing a duet with Gaga or I was on “All of the Lights,” which was a Kanye West record that managed to get on the radio. As Elton John, my days on pop radio are over, and I know that and I accept it and I’m not unhappy about it. It’s a different time of my life now, and it gives me the freedom to do whatever kind of music I want to do. And it may end up being pop, but I don’t know. There’s no pressure for me to go out there and say, I’ve got to have a top 40 hit because it’s not going to happen.
So your son, Zachary, turned 1 on Christmas?
We had a great year, but this is the icing on the cake. I’ve been with my partner for 18 years, and we’ve had our son. He’s been traveling with us; he’s coming to Hawaii with us, he’s coming to Los Angeles with us. I love him so much. It’s a different kind of love for your child than you have for your partner. Everyone kept saying that, and now I realize that, having had Zachary. He’s the light of our lives. I’ve had an amazing professional life, personal life, but at 64 to have a son who gives us that much love and enjoyment is, wow!
Is there any news about your Oscar party?
We haven’t really thought about it yet. We have to put our minds together and think. We’ve got two or three ideas, but we’ve just got to sort it out very quickly. It’s our 20th one this year, so we’re very, very excited.
from The Los Angeles Times
The man set to become Morocco’s first Islamist prime minister said Friday his government would not try to make women dress more modestly.
Abdelilah Benkirane is to lead a coalition government after his Justice and Development Party (PJD) became the latest Islamist movement in the Middle East to win an election in the wake of the “Arab Spring” revolutions.
The party is anxious to reassure powerful secularists in the Moroccan establishment, foreign investors, and the tourists who provide much of the country’s revenue, that it will not try to impose a strict Muslim moral code.
“We are proud that our point of reference is Islamist,” Benkirane, the PJD’s secretary general and prime minister designate, told a small group of reporters invited to a briefing.
“I will never be interested in the private life of people, Allah created mankind free. I will never ask if a woman is wearing a short skirt or a long skirt.”
“But there are things forbidden by the law. I think even in some European countries, people cannot be naked in public places,” he said.
On relations with countries in Europe, Morocco’s biggest trading partner, Benkirane said: “They are our friends and we need them and they will need us … Morocco not only has historical ties to Europe but philosophical ones.”
The most high profile test of Moroccan Islamists’ stance on moral issues came last year, when PJD politicians said they were opposed to gay singer Elton John giving a concert in the country. He went ahead and performed anyway.
John was quoted as saying in an interview last year that Jesus Christ was gay. Jesus is mentioned in Islamic scripture as a messenger from God.
Benkirane refused to say if, as prime minister, he would welcome the singer back to Morocco.
But he said: “I have problem with this man because he said a bad thing about Christ, and Christ is a very important prophet in the beliefs of Muslim people, that’s why.”
Benkirane declined to answer questions on what economic policies his government would pursue. Economists say Morocco needs to tame its budget deficit, stimulate growth and tackle the poverty and unemployment that are fuelling unrest.
Morocco’s monarch, who has the final say on all issues of defense, national security and religion, this week named a bitter opponent of the PJD, Fouad Ali el-Himma as a royal adviser.
That appointment could signal an attempt by the palace to rein in the Islamist-led coalition.
Asked about el-Himma, Benkirane said it was customary in Morocco not to comment on decisions made by the monarch.
“I am forming the new government in a country whose head of state is King Mohamed VI, he is my boss. It is not my business how the head of state, who is my boss, manages his royal court,” said Benkirane.
NEW YORK – Elton John says politics have divided the United States, but at his foundation’s annual benefit, he singled out one politician as an example for others to follow.
The legendary British singer hailed New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at Wednesday night’s 10th-annual Enduring Vision gala for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
John thanked Cuomo for “taking a stand in New York and making the dream of marriage equality a reality in the state.” The governor was seated in the audience.
In July, New York became the sixth state to recognize same-sex nuptials.
The benefit raised $2 million for John’s foundation.
Alec Baldwin, Jon Bon Jovi and Sarah Ferguson were among the celebrities in attendance. Smokey Robinson provided the evening’s entertainment. Anderson Cooper served as the master of ceremonies.
from The Associated Press
The leaders of all three main political parties in Britain are to throw their support behind a new international gay-rights group trying to combat homophobic discrimination in the Commonwealth.
Top UK music stars Elton John and George Michael have been invited to attend the official launch in the House of Commons of Kaleidoscope, which aims to get 19th-century British colonial anti-gay laws revoked in the Commonwealth and beyond, using business and political pressure.
It comes after campaigners grew increasingly concerned at how homosexual persecution is being actively encouraged by some Commonwealth states – particularly in Africa.
In January, a Ugandan gay rights campaigner was beaten to death after being “outed” by a local newspaper which published photographs of people that it said were gay with the headline: “Hang them.”
Lesbians in South Africa have been murdered and subjected to violent attacks, including so-called “corrective rapes”, while activists in Kenya and Ghana have also been targeted.
Currently, 38 of the 54 members of the Commonwealth criminalise homosexuality. Penalties include 25 years imprisonment in Trinidad and Tobago and 20 years plus flogging in Malaysia. Several countries, including Sierra Leone, Pakistan Tanzania and Bangladesh impose life imprisonment.
Kaleidoscope says while many countries have national gay rights organisations there is no overall international body which can coordinate action.
London has become the base for the new organisation, partly due to the Commonwealth link, but also because it is an international business hub.
The group wants large multi-nationals to pressure regimes to change laws, particularly in more developed Commonwealth countries like Singapore where homosexuality is illegal.
Nearly all the Commonwealth’s anti-gay laws are a colonial legacy. They were introduced by Britain in the nineteenth century and never repealed when colonies won independence. Bisi Alimi, who became the first Nigerian to come out on national TV, is one of Kaleidoscope’s founding members.
Yesterday he said: “As a result of coming out I was attacked, tied up and beaten in my own home in Lagos. For the first time in my life I not only saw a gun but I felt it right against my head. I was forced to leave my country.
“My dream is that others like me will be free to stay and be happy surrounded by the love of their friends and families.”
Kaeleidoscope is supported by Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, as well as by Labour leader Ed Miliband. Mr Cameron said: “In some countries, it’s simply appalling how people can be treated – how their rights are trampled on and the prejudices, and even violence, they suffer. I want Britain to be a global beacon for reform.”
Mr Miliband said: “I am proud to offer my support to Kaleidoscope to protect people from prejudice and persecution across the world.”
Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow has agreed to become Kaleidoscope’s honorary president
Veteran broadcaster Paul Gambaccini, who has donated money to the charity, said: “It is time for those of us who enjoy our rights in the UK to support movements for dignity and decency wherever they are located.”
PERSECUTION OF HOMOSEXUALS AROUND THE WORLD
Although not illegal, numerous cases have been brought against homosexuals in recent years. In 2004 a 27-year-old student was imprisoned for 17 years including 2 years hard labour for posting a personal profile on a gay dating site.
The law states that any man performing anal sex is liable for a fine or imprisonment of up to a year. In 2006 a law was passed making it illegal for two people of the same sex to hold hands, hug, or kiss.
Homosexuality remains illegal between males under the country’s Penal Code, punishable by up to two years in prison.
Thejudicial systemis based on the Shari’a and rules that same-sex sexuality activity is illegal and punishable by capital punishment. For homosexual men, lashes are given for the first offence, with the death penalty following the third offence.
Despite making homosexuality legal in 1994, households headed by same-sex couples are not eligible for legal protections available to opposite-sex couples.
from The Independent UK
Elton John has blasted Disney for not backing Gnomeo and Juliet to the hilt — and then not ringing with congratulations after the animated movie became a box office winner.
“We fought resistance from the (Disney) studio for so long, and to be honest with you, the film has taken $75 million in America, and we haven’t had a message of congratulations from anyone within the studio,” the British singer let rip on the CTV daytime talker The Marilyn Dennis Show Tuesday (on Sunday, John went out of his way to thank the Disney guests at his Oscar viewing party).
Gnomeo, a Disney holdover, this past weekend grabbed the No. 2 box office spot in its third weekend in release, raking in $13.4 million for a total take of $74.3 million, according to Rentrak.
“Gnomeo and Juliet took us eleven years to make. We defied all the odds and all of the people at Disney who said, “this wouldn’t be a hit,” John said on air with one of his legendary outbursts. “And it’s the biggest hit, but it could have been a bigger hit if Disney got behind it more,” he added.
The animated Gnomeo was produced by London-based Rocket Pictures, run by John, Steve Hamilton Shaw and John’s partner, David Furnish.
Miramax financed the picture, which was animated at the Starz Animation studio in Toronto. John said Disney is red-faced over Gnomeo overcoming the odds to succeed at the multiplex. “They’re so ashamed, and they should be ashamed of themselves –they’re so afraid to congratulate us because John Lasseter of Pixar did not want us to make this movie that we still haven’t had a message of congratulations or well done,” he added.
from The Hollywood Reporter
UNITED KINGDOM – Sir Elton John has chosen two godmothers for his two-week-old son Zachary, ignoring his celebrity coterie in favour of two of his oldest – albeit most colourful – friends.
The singer is said to have chosen Scottish-educated magazine editor Ingrid Sischy and her lesbian partner Sandy Brant to be Zachary’s moral guardians.
A close friend of the 63-year-old superstar told The Mail on Sunday last night: ‘Elton could have picked anyone from the world of showbusiness to be godparents but he chose a couple of dear friends who will take their role seriously.
‘Ingrid has been best friends with both Elton and his partner David Furnish for years. They holiday in Africa together every year and they all spent Christmas in Los Angeles together.
‘Ingrid and Sandy are two of the most genuine people they know. They were among a handful of people Elton entrusted with the details of the surrogate pregnancy.
‘Zachary means everything to Elton and David and they have chosen Ingrid and Sandy as godmothers for the traditional reason: to take care of the child’s welfare in case something happens to them.’
Another friend said: ‘Elton and David still haven’t decided exactly how many godparents to have. They want to have a member of David’s family and they may still choose someone else who is high profile.’
Ingrid, the former editor of artist Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine, refused to discuss Zachary as she arrived last night at the townhouse in New York’s Greenwich Village she shares with Sandy, 55.‘That would be a private matter,’ she said.
A friend of Elton’s said: ‘Ingrid has been with him every step of the way and it was natural that he should choose her and Sandy.’
Sir Elton is godfather to ten children – including John Lennon’s son Sean, all three of David Beckham’s boys and Liz Hurley’s son Damian – who, until Zachary’s birth on Christmas Day, looked set to inherit most of his £175 million fortune.
Art expert Ingrid, 58, was born in South Africa, but the family moved to Edinburgh in 1960, where she studied at the exclusive George Watson’s Ladies’ College. When Ingrid was 15, the family moved to New York.
Before her relationship with Ingrid, socialite Sandy was married to New York billionaire Peter Brant, a pal of Prince Charles, by whom she has five children.
Despite his insistence that he will be a hands-on father, Elton has continued his glamorous social life, and held a lavish New Year’s Day baby shower in Los Angeles.
‘Elton and David adore the baby but like many successful parents, they believe they can have it all,’ said a friend.
Asked about godparents, Elton’s spokesman said: ‘I don’t have a comment. It’s a private matter.’
from The Daily Mail
Elton John And David Furnish Get A Baby
Sir Elton John and David Furnish have become parents to son Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John, the couple tells UsMagazine.com exclusively.
The baby boy, who was born Dec. 25 in California via a surrogate, weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces.
“We are overwhelmed with happiness and joy at this very special moment,” John and Furnish tell Us in a joint statement. “Zachary is healthy and doing really well, and we are very proud and happy parents.”
This is the first child for John, 62, and Furnish, 48. The couple married in 2005 after 12 years together.
A rep for the couple has stated that they intend to protect and respect the privacy of their surrogate, and will not be discussing any details relating to the surrogacy arrangements.
from US Magazine