Elton John becomes a father

Sir Elton John (left) and husband David Furnish. Photo by AP.
Sir Elton John (left) and husband David Furnish. Photo by AP.
Sir Elton John is holding close a new tiny dancer.

The piano man and his husband, David Furnish, have become parents to a 7-pound, 15-ounce baby boy born on Christmas Day.

The news was first reported by USMagazine.com and it was confirmed to The Associated Press by John's Los Angeles-based publicist.

Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John was born in California via a surrogate, whose identity is being protected by the new parents.

Zachary is 62-year-old John's first child with the 48-year-old Furnish. The couple married in 2005.

In a joint statement, the new parents told USMagazine.com that "Zachary is healthy and doing well" and they were "overwhelmed with happiness and joy at this very special moment."

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