LOS ANGELES – Pop superstar Elton John and his partner David Furnish have become the parents of a baby boy born to a surrogate mother in California, Us Magazine reported.
The weekly said the baby, named Zachary, was born December 25 to a surrogate for John, 62, and Furnish, a 48-year-old Canadian filmmaker.
"We are overwhelmed with happiness and joy at this very special moment," the singer and Furnish were quoted by the magazine as saying in a joint statement.
"Zachary is healthy and doing really well, and we are very proud and happy parents."
John and Furnish married in 2005 after 12 years together.
The baby weighed 3.5 kilos (seven pounds, 15 ounces), according to the report, which said the couple would not be discussing any details relating to the surrogacy arrangements.
Among the first to react to the news of the birth was the couple's friend, model and actress Elizabeth Hurley, who wrote on her Twitter page: "Massive congratulations to David and Elton on having their beautiful son. Can't wait for my first cuddle."
The star tried to adopt a 14-month-old boy he met while visiting an orphanage in Ukraine last year, but his attempt was blocked because Ukrainian law does not permit couples in same-sex marriages to adopt.
The singer admitted at the time that while Furnish had always wanted to adopt a child, he himself believed parenthood was incompatible with his lifestyle but changed his mind after the Ukrainian boy "stole my heart".
By turning to a surrogate mother, John has followed in the footsteps of "Sex in the City" star Sarah Jessica Parker and her actor husband Matthew Broderick who had twin girls by a surrogate mother this year.
Latino pop star Ricky Martin also used a surrogate to have twin boys.
Elton John has sold more than 250 million records in a career spanning four decades and the singer-songwriter was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.
His tribute single to the late Princess Diana, "Candle in the Wind 1997" -- a remake of his own "Candle in the Wind" -- became a phenomenal global success, selling more than 33 million copies, and he performed it at her funeral.