“For many years we have talked about fulfilling one of our greatest wishes by becoming parents. And now this wish has been granted to us, we feel so blessed and lucky.”
-Legendary songwriter, performer and new father Elton John, declaring his state of mind following the birth of his son. John celebrated the arrival of Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John with husband David Furnish over the weekend, and spoke to Us about his excitement. “Zachary is healthy and doing well,” the couple said in a statement. “[We are] overwhelmed with happiness and joy at this very special moment.”
The arrival of Zachary (via an unnamed surrogate mother) marks the end of a long road to fatherhood for John and Furnish. Last year, the pair attempted to adopt an HIV-positive 14-month-old from the Ukraine named Lev, but the stars did not align for them. “David always wanted to adopt a child and I always said ‘no’ because I am 62 and I think because of the traveling I do and the life I have, maybe it wouldn’t be fair for the child,” John told reporters at the time. “But having seen Lev today, I would love to adopt him. I don’t know how we do that but he has stolen my heart. And he has stolen David’s heart and it would be wonderful if we can have a home [together].”
Though Zachary is the couple’s first child, they certainly have experience with kids, as they have six godchildren between them, including John Lennon’s son Sean and David and Victoria Beckham’s two sons Brooklyn and Romeo.