Sir Elton John and longtime partner David Furnish are determined to give their son Zachary an “old-fashioned childhood”. The couple, who welcomed their first child together via surrogate on Christmas Day 2010, hopes that despite their vast wealth, their son will be able to remain grounded.
“I so value my own childhood now, and the sense of wonder and personal discovery that I enjoyed, that we want to give Zachary – as much as we possibly can – the same thing,” explains the 63-year-old singer. “A solid old-fashioned childhood, if you like.”
I know it’ll be hard with my life, but we want him to have that same normality and for things in life to have real value. So we don’t intend to spoil him – we’re going to try to give him a fun, carefree time of innocence, freedom, love and stability.
Elton also expressed his concern for today’s children who don’t appreciate the things they have growing up in our entirely materialistic world: “I don’t know if kids get that sort of enjoyment out of things anymore. I don’t think you can do because your parents worked so hard when money was scarce to buy you a bicycle or your first record player.”
“I don’t want to become Britain’s crustiest old man but I don’t think you can possibly have the pleasure now of growing up like we did,” he continues. “ A trip to the cinema was a treat, a trip up to London was unbelievably exciting. A trip anywhere.”
Recently, the Candle in the Wind singer gushed about his smooth transition into fatherhood: “It’s been a breeze. It’s delightful, enchanting.”