Sir Elton & Furnish Welcome Baby Boy

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December 28, 2010 | 12:00am EST

Sir Elton John and David Furnish became first-time fathers on Christmas Day after welcoming a baby boy via a surrogate.
The couple announced the birth of little Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John late on Monday.

In a joint statement to UsMagazine.com, the pair gushed, “Zachary is healthy and doing really well, and we are very proud and happy parents.

“We are overwhelmed with happiness and joy at this very special moment.”

A representative for the couple has stated that Sir Elton and his partner intend to protect the privacy of their surrogate, but revealed the tot – who weighed seven pounds, 15 ounces at birth – was born in California.

The pair was denied the chance to adopt a 14-month-old HIV-positive child from the Ukraine in September 2009 because the pop star was deemed too old and was declared single by local officials.

Sir Elton fell in love with little Lev during a tour of an orphanage, but the Ukraine’s Family, Youth and Sports Minister Yuriy Pavlenko ruled adoption was out of the question for the rocker, who, at 62, was almost 20 years older than the country’s age limit for becoming a parent to an orphan.

Pavlenko also refused to acknowledge Sir Elton’s legal civil union in Britain, and declared the Rocket Man was unmarried and, as such, could not adopt a Ukranian child.

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