By Charlotte Bumstead
This Christmas is not one to be forgotten for Sir Elton John and Canadian filmmaker David Furnish. The couple—married in 2005 after 12 years together—welcomed their very own tiny dancer into the world on Dec. 25 in California. Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John was born via a surrogate, weighing 7 pounds, 15 ounces. He is the first child for both John, 63, and Furnish, 48.
“We are overwhelmed with happiness and joy at this very special moment,” the duo told Us Weekly in a joint statement. “Zachary is healthy and doing really well, and we are very proud and happy parents.”
Their son’s middle name is widely recognized after John’s 1971 song Levon, of which the lyrics—written by the superstar’s collaborator, Bernie Taupin—read: “He was born a pauper to a pawn on a Christmas day.” The song was inspired by Levon Helm, drummer and singer for The Band. It is clear the similarities between the two are few. The newborn Levon can count on a lavishly luxurious lifestyle ahead, abounding with the ubiquitous riches of his parents.
Last year, the legendary pianist and his partner’s efforts to adopt a 14-month-old HIV-positive orphan in Ukraine were denied. Government officials claimed John was too old and his partnership with Furnish was not accepted in their country. It wasn’t until earlier this year that changes to the British law made it possible for two men to be named as parents on a child’s birth certificate. The celebrity couple have successfully defined new boundaries; not only for homosexual unions, but also for those in the Zoomer generation who wish to become mothers and fathers later in life.