Elton John has announced on his website that he and his husband David Furnish have become parents for a second time. The post was made on Jan. 16, several days after a representative denied the news when it was first reported.
The post says the baby boy was born Friday night at 6:40 p.m. in Los Angeles, Calif., to a surrogate mother. He weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces at birth.
John, 65, and Furnish, 50 now have a brother for their first child, Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John, who was born in December of 2010, also through a surrogate mother. John and Furnish wed in 2005 after 12 years together.
Last summer, John spoke about the couple's plans to expand their family. He said:
I think it’s difficult to be an only child, and to be an only child of someone famous. I want Zachary to have a sibling.
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.
Prior to the birth of Zachary, Furnish and John attempted to adopt a then-14-month-old boy, Lev, from an AIDS orphanage in Ukraine, but the couple was denied due to John's age and marital status. At the time, Furnish stated the pair would continue to financially support Lev and his brother and would fight for a change in Ukrainian law.
John has ten known godchildren, including David and Victoria Beckham's sons Brooklyn and Romeo, Sean Lennon, Elizabeth Hurley's son Damian Charles, and the daughter of Seymour Stein.