Elton John: We Want Zachary “To Be Proud Of Who He Is”

Little Zachary just recently celebrated his first birthday, but his parents Elton John and David Furnish are already looking at the challenges that may lie ahead for their son.

“I think he’s going to have a lot of attention thrust upon him. He’s going to be potentially double stigmatised, because one of his parents is extremely famous and secondly because he comes from two dads,” Elton tells Attitude magazine.

The ‘Rocket Man’ singer says that he and his longtime partner plan to be open and honest as Zachary grows up: “We’ve taken advice from counsellors. We’ve put a whole scrapbook together about his creation and the people that were involved in the process and how the intent was about love.”

“We’re going to raise him to be proud of who he is and understand that he came from a relationship that was taking the love we have for each other to a more dedicated and committed level.”

Elton is getting set to celebrate a milestone birthday of his own next year: He’ll be 65! Though he became a parent later in life, he says that fatherhood has been a transformative experience.

“I can’t tell you how brilliant this year has been and how much love he’s brought us and how much we’re getting. We thought the civil partnership brought us together, but having a child has been magnificent,” gushes the superstar, adding, “I don’t feel 65, which I will be next year. Now, having a kid, there’s so much more to do. There’s so much more I want to see happen before I die.”

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  • Anabelle

    I know he’s right, but still, how vain does it sound to say, “One of his parents is extremely famous.”

    • Anonymous

      Vain??? It is a statement of a simple, very true fact. Elton cannot walk down the street without being mobbed. That does not make him vain. It makes him realistic. Clearly he does not want the same attention put on his son.

    • Anonymous

      It doesn’t sound vain. It sounds factual.

      He didn’t say that he was one of the most prolific singer / songwriters in history. He didn’t say he was one of the most awarded artists. He said he was extremely famous. Not vain, just true.

  • Anonymous

    poor kid. he was born to rich, famous parents. boo hoo.

  • Anonymous

    Elton should work on himself. He can be such a vile and immature person at times. I hope he gets himself sorted first before he teaches Zachary to be like that too.

  • Anonymous

    Anyone who reads the comments on this blog should know that being the child of famous parents invites a ton of attention and in many cases, severe, undeserved bashing. So yeah, being the child of a famous parent can be a huge burden for a child, especially one who may not want the attention.

    • anonymous

      I completely agree with you.

  • Ondine

    I feel sorry for any kid denied the right to his mother’s love and affection and I will always feel sorry for this boy no matter how good a life his “fathers” provide. Due to the extreme selfishness of two adult males, this poor boy will grow up w/out a mother. There’s not enough money in the world to make up for that.

    • Anonymous

      I feel sorry for you for being a narrow-minded bigot.

    • Anonymous

      If this kid grows up and feels like he missed out on something by not having a mother, well then, okay. But until that happens, how can you judge?

    • Nina87

      My Mom died when I was 2 and our Dad raised us just fine, with the help of his brother, aunts, our Grandmas, and close family friends. I received more love than many of my friends with 2 parents, and don’t think I deserve anyone feeling sorry for me. I’m sure, like most people I meet, you didn’t blink an eye at my story. But yet you worry for gay couples’ kids. This is called homophobia.

    • Amy

      Couldn’t agree more !

      • Anonymous

        Great, another bigot!

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