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Elton John and David Furnish Confirm Arrival of Their Second Son Elijah Joseph

January 16, 2013 (5:01 am) GMT
The Rocket Man says baby Elijah 'completes our family in a most precious and perfect way,' two years after welcoming their first child Zachary.
David Furnish, Elton John

, 65, and his longtime partner David Furnish, 50, have welcomed a new addition to their family. The baby was born via a surrogate mother Friday, January 11 at 6:40 P.M. in Los Angeles, weighing in at 8lb and 4oz. A day earlier, their representative shot down rumor that their second child had arrived.

The couple names the newborn Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John. "Both of us have longed to have children, but the reality that we now have two sons is almost unbelievable. The birth of our second son completes our family in a most precious and perfect way," they gushed in a statement to Hello! magazine.

They continued, "It is difficult to fully express how we are feeling at this time; we are just overwhelmed with happiness and excitement."

Elijah joins big brother Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John who was born December 2010 in California through surrogacy as well. A mix of Elton and David's sperm was used in fertilization, a process reportedly banned in the U.K.

Zachary, now 2 years old, calls Elton "daddy" and David "papa." The couple picked singer , magazine editor Ingrid Sischy, and Sichy's partner Sandy Brant as his godmothers.

After tasting how wonderful parenthood is, Elton regretted waiting so long to have a child. "I regret a little bit that I didn't do it sooner, but he [Zachary] has changed our lives. Everything is about him now. He's gorgeous, he travels brilliantly, he so loves people, and it makes our lives - he's the icing on the cake," he once said.

"We definitely will have another one," he added. "I don't want him to be an only child."

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