Elton John and David Furnish Welcome Son Number Two for 'Perfect' Family
Elton John and David Furnish entered a civil partnership way back in 2005, and had already been together by then since 1993. Five years after their low key ceremony in Berkshire, they opted to start having children, choosing the option of a surrogate mother over adoption. Their first child Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John was born in December 2010, and now, two years later, they have welcomed their second son, Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John, to the world.
Elton broke the news to Hello Magazine. "Both of us have longed to have children, but the reality that we now have two sons is almost unbelievable," he told the paper. "The birth of our second son completes our family in a most precious and perfect way. It is difficult to fully express how we are feeling at this time; we are just overwhelmed with happiness and excitement."
The couple wanted Zachary to have a sibling, because "it's difficult to be an only child," they said, also because of the added difficulties of having famous parents.
There is a lot of criticism levied at gay couples who opt to have children, but both David and Elton are clued up and ready for the problems their children may face. "I know when he goes to school there's going to be an awful lot of pressure, and I know he's going to have people saying, 'You don't have a mummy.' ...It's going to happen. We talked about it before we had him. I want someone to be at his side and back him up. We shall see."