Monday, January 31, 2011
Elton & David at the Green Carpet G&J UK Launch
Elton John and partner David Furnish have walked the red carpet at London's Leicester Square for the premiere of their new film Gnomeo and Juliet.
The movie is an animated recreation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, but with gnomes and a happier ending.
The pair, who produced the movie, say they are thrilled with the result and can not wait for their new son, Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John, to one day see it.
Furnish said: "This has been really wonderful and we're very excited that in maybe four or five years time Zach may be able to see this film."
The movie features Elton John's music and has an all star cast, including Emily Blunt, Matt Lucas, Stephen Merchant, Ozzy Osbourne and Michael Caine.
Gnomeo and Juliet hits UK cinema screens from February 11.
He became a father for the first time little more than a month ago when his son Zachary was born.
Now Sir Elton John has spoken about his relationship with his own father, revealing that he was a disciplinarian who never watched the singer play a concert.
Sir Elton, who started playing the piano when he was just three and went on to attend the Royal Academy of Music, said his father Stanley Dwight had no interest in his budding career even though Mr Dwight had also been a keen musician, having played the trumpet.
‘You know, my father never came to hear me play. Not ever,’ said Sir Elton, who was born Reginald Dwight.
‘He was a tough and unemotional man. Hard. In the RAF. He was dismissive, disappointed and finally absent. I just wanted him to acknowledge what I’d done. But he never did.’
Mr Dwight, who died in 1992, had wanted his son to have a more conventional career and steered him towards banking. He then divorced Sir Elton’s mother Sheila when the singer was 15.
The 63-year-old said: ‘It wasn’t that he didn’t know how to relate to kids. He left us, remarried and had another family, and by all accounts was a great dad to them. It wasn’t children, it was me.’
Sir Elton and his civil partner David Furnish, 48, became parents to Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John through a surrogate mother on Christmas Day.
And although the star’s extravagant spending is legendary, Mr Furnish has said the couple are relying on friends’ generosity for the newborn.
He said: ‘We haven’t spent thousands on clothes and toys. All you need is a couple of Babygros and a lot of muslin. Friends are being really great giving us hand-me-down stuff.’
Despite Sir Elton’s estimated £185million fortune the pair are determined they will not spoil the boy.
'We don’t want him to have a sense of entitlement,’ said Mr Furnish.
He also said the child had been born prematurely and the couple had to rush to the hospital in Los Angeles to be present at the birth.
Mr Furnish said: ‘Our doctor told us not to worry and went on holiday and then the contractions started on the 24th and we rushed to the hospital.’
After the birth Sir Elton and Mr Furnish both stripped to the waist and took part in ‘skin-to-skin’ contact with the newborn. ‘It was the happiest moment of our lives,’ Mr Furnish told the Sunday Times magazine.
He also revealed the names they want Zachary to call them. ‘Elton is going to be Daddy and I’ll be Papa,’ he said.
- Daily Mail