Singer Elton John a father for second time

LONDON Wed Jan 16, 2013 2:36pm GMT

Musician Elton John (R) and his partner David Furnish arrive for the Elton John Aids Foundation charity event ''An Enduring Vision 2012'' in New York October 15, 2012. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Musician Elton John (R) and his partner David Furnish arrive for the Elton John Aids Foundation charity event ''An Enduring Vision 2012'' in New York October 15, 2012.

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LONDON (Reuters) - British pop star Elton John announced on Wednesday he had become a father for the second time after the birth via a surrogate mother of Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John.

The "Rocket Man" and "Candle in the Wind" singer and his partner David Furnish confirmed the news in a short statement on John's official website, which also provided a link to an article in People magazine.

"Both of us have longed to have children, but the reality that we now have two sons is almost unbelievable," said the couple, who entered a civil partnership in 2005.

"The birth of our second son completes our family in a most precious and perfect way," they told People.

John, 65, and Furnish, 50, are already parents to Zachary, who is two. Elijah was born in Los Angeles on January 11.

"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,'" John said of his decision to have another baby.

"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."

(Reporting by Mike Collett-White, editing by Paul Casciato)

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