Elton John becomes father of Christmas baby

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – Elton John and his partner  have become the proud parents of a son born to a surrogate in  California on Christmas Day, US Weekly reported on Monday.

The boy, named Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John, is the  first for the British rock star and Canadian filmmaker David  Furnish, who have been together since the early 1990s.

“We are overwhelmed with happiness and joy at this very  special moment,” US Weekly quoted the pair as saying. “Zachary  is healthy and doing really well, and we are very proud and  happy parents.”

The magazine said the boy weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces, and  it quoted a representative for the 63-year-old musician as  saying that no further details about the surrogacy arrangement  would be disclosed. John’s spokeswoman told Reuters the report  was accurate. The pair, who entered into a civil union in 2005, tried to  adopt an AIDS-infected orphan in Ukraine last year, but were  thwarted by government regulations.

Their son’s middle name is a possible nod to John’s 1971  song “Levon,” whose lyrics were written by the rocker’s  longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin and inspired by Levon Helm,  the drummer and singer for The Band.

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