Added by Elivia DeVries on April 27, 2011
Elton John and partner have expressed their joy at being parents and announced that Lady Gaga is the godmother of their son, born in December last year.
Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John was born to a surrogate on December 25 to John, 64, and his partner David Furnish, a 48-year-old Canadian filmmaker.
The couple say they are delighted to have a son, but are also determined not no spoil him: “The worst thing you can do to a child, and I’ve seen it happen so many times, is the silver spoon,” John said. “Being the child of a famous person is very difficult and we’re very well aware of the pitfalls of that.”
Furnish added that although their lives seem luxurious, it is important to remember that it all comes from hard work. “Both Elton and I have sort of earned everything we’ve done in our careers and furthered our educations through our own drive and our own ambitions and we want Zachary to be exactly the same sort of way,” he said.
Speaking to Barbara Walters, John said about Zachary’s godmother Gaga: “When you get to the real person underneath, there’s a very simple New York girl who loves her parents. I love her to death and a lot of people said, `oh, you know, that’s crazy,’ but they don’t know her and we do.”