There are few things I love more than when “legit” outlets like People Magazine and Gossip Cop get lied to by their celebrity publicist sources. Last week, the less-legit media outlets were running a decent piece of gossip – that Elton John and David Furnish had welcomed a second child via surrogate. Elton and David are already parents to 2-year-old Zachary Jackson Levon, and it didn’t seem weird or beyond the realm of possibility that Elton and David would have another child. But Elton’s rep went around denying it anyway – like, specifically denying the entire story. The rumor was that Elton and David were angling for the cover of People or Us Weekly to debut their new baby, thus the total denial…? But maybe they weren’t able to work out a deal, because now Elton and David want us to celebrate their new baby which SURPRISE does exist after all.
Elton John is a father again!
The musician and David Furnish welcomed their second child, son Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John, via surrogate on Friday, Jan. 11 in Los Angeles, the couple confirm to HELLO.
Born at 6:40 p.m., Elijah weighed in at 8 lbs., 4 oz.
John and Furnish, who married in 2005, are already parents to son Zachary Jackson Levon, 2.
“Both of us have longed to have children, but the reality that we now have two sons is almost unbelievable. The birth of our second son completes our family in a most precious and perfect way,” the couple say in a statement.
“It is difficult to fully express how we are feeling at this time; we are just overwhelmed with happiness and excitement.”
John, 65, has been open about his desire to expand their family.
“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,’” says the singer-songwriter of his decision to have another baby.
“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.”
Congrats to David and Elton, and welcome to the world, Elijah Joseph Daniel! He has the name of a prophet or some kind of super-religious figure, but maybe they’ll just call him Eli and it will be fine. I don’t begrudge Elton and David making the announcement in whatever way they want to make it – but I do dislike them for outright lying to outlets last week. If you aren’t ready to make the baby announcement, don’t make it. Don’t comment on the reports. Don’t lie about it.
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