Wednesday, January 19, 2011
More on Zac in US Weekly
SIR ELTON JOHN had to leave his partner DAVID FURNISH to meet with the surrogate mother of their baby boy during her pregnancy - because the superstar had to stay away for "confidentiality reasons".
The pair used a surrogate mother to deliver their son Zachary, who was born over Christmas (10), and they have now spoken for the first time about the complicated process.
They used a specialised agency in California to set up the surrogacy and the anonymous woman who eventually carried their child didn't know the superstar couple's true identities at first.
After the deal had been set up, Sir Elton had to be left out of the numerous meetings with the mother, because they wanted to keep the process top secret.
Furnish tells Britain's OK! magazine, "One day she figured out who we were. She cracked it. And it didn't make a bit of difference to her. She's a lovely women who is not interested in media or fame... We exchanged emails and calls on a weekly basis, and I'd slip quietly into California. We didn't want to bring Elton along, because he'd have got attention. We wanted to protect her anonymity... We'd meet in neutral locations, spend an afternoon together, have lunch..."
Sir Elton adds, "I couldn't be seen anywhere near her for confidentiality reasons. But we spoke on the phone... And I eventually met her, and we got on like a house on fire."
Furnish reveals they kept up the veil of secrecy right up to the birth - even hiring a nanny who sneaked all of the baby items into their home.
He says, "Because of confidentiality, we couldn't do anything to prepare for the baby's arrival... We have a nanny... she quietly went around L.A. buying things... taking the packaging off and then putting it in Christmas wrap. Then we brought them in the building, looking like Christmas presents, because we couldn't have anyone see baby stuff coming in the door."
SIR ELTON JOHN and his partner DAVID FURNISH are putting together a scrapbook of their surrogacy journey so they can tell their son all about it as soon as he is old enough to understand.
The pair welcomed baby Zachary at Christmas (25Dec10) after a long process to find a surrogate mother to carry their child.
Furnish insists they will be completely honest with the youngster about how he came into the world, and they have been collecting mementos for the tot.
He tells Britain's OK! magazine, "We've taken advice from counsellors on this and we've already started a scrapbook with pictures of us meeting the surrogate, the first scans, letters and emails, hospital bracelets...
"We want him to understand how much love and care went into his birth. We've already got a couple of great children's books on how families come in many shapes and sizes."
Sir Elton also reveals they have chosen to stay in touch with the surrogate mum, who has chosen to remain out of the public eye, because they want Zachary to get to know her, too.
He adds, "We want the surrogate mum to be a part of our lives, and we want him to get to know her, because she's a great woman. He will always be told the truth."
he 63-year-old singer and his 48-year-old partner David Furnish welcomed their first child together on Christmas day in California – a son named Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John. The baby’s surrogate mother will remain out of the public eye, although Elton and David presented the little boy in this week’s edition of American magazine Us Weekly.
It appears Zachary has inherited his father’s passion for music, as the boy adores having his parents serenade him.
"He's a content little guy... He's very peaceful... He just loves to be nurtured, cuddled, and sung to," beamed David to the publication.
Elton is pleased to say that his beloved son is displaying the signs of being particularly good looking. He joked the little boy looked like late British Prime Minister Winston Churchill when he was first born due to his wrinkled-up face. The singer is also taking great interest in charting Zachary’s hair growth.
“I think he’s getting more handsome by the day. When babies come out, they all look a bit like Winston Churchill, their faces all scrunched up! And every day his hair is growing. It was quite dark when he came out, and now it’s going blond,” he told the British edition of OK! magazine in a separate interview.
Sir Elton John and David Furnish “don’t have a clue” which one of them is the biological father of son Zachary.
The delighted new parents said they had both “contributed” to the surrogacy birth of their little boy.
Proud Rocket Man Elton spoke about the arrival of his three-week-old baby in an exclusive chat with OK! magazine.
The keen football fan said he was already looking forward to taking Zach to his first match and revealed that he often sings to the baby.
Elton, 63, said: “David and I have always been close but this is the last step in completing us as a family.
“It ties us together,” he added. “And there’s not a bigger responsibility in your life than bringing up a child.
“We intend to make sure to fulfil it in the best possible way.”
Tiny Zachary Jackson Levon was born to a “smart, compassionate” secret surrogate mum in California on
Christmas Day, said his besotted dads.
The woman has asked to stay anonymous but Elton said: “We want her to be part of our lives and we want him to get to know her, because she’s a great woman.”
David, 48, who got hitched to the singer in a civil partnership ceremony in 2005, added: “We both contributed to the pregnancy.
“For the time being we don’t have a clue who the biological father is. We look at him every day and at the moment he has Elton’s nose and my hands.”
Elton said: “If he wants to know, we can do a DNA test.”
The singer, who has a fortune worth over £200million, is currently living in America but he said that he wants to bring up little Zach in England.
He said he cried when the couple were finally able to take their son home from hospital, revealing: “I’ve never felt anything like it in my life. You’re so awestruck.
“The feeling, the joy, the warmth of his body, his breathing. I will never forget that experience.” They also revealed the huge “covert operation” to keep their family plans top secret.
David would regularly travel to America to meet the expectant mum, while Elton stayed away to avoid attracting attention.
The couple told how they even shipped all their baby goods into their home disguised as Christmas presents.
David also said: “We had to be interviewed by psychologists. Then our surrogate chose us from an anonymous profile. It’s her choice too.
“Initially we both used pseudonyms and we got to know her by telephone. Then one day she figured out who we were.”
The couple have not ruled out having more babies. But David added: “We have to see how we cope with one before we even consider a second.”