Sir Elton John and David Furnish are considering plans to become parents to a second child.
The couple’s son Zachary was born only a week ago, on Christmas Day, but friends say the pair have already discussed adding to their family.
They say that film producer Mr Furnish, who has two brothers, Peter and John, is particularly keen for Zachary to have a brother or sister.
And 2013 has already been penciled in as a possible date for the new arrival.
One friend said, ‘Elton and David are both reveling in parenthood. They feel that it has been a true blessing in their lives.
‘David, in particular, now wants more children. As one of three brothers himself, he believes it is important that Zachary is not an only child.
‘He and Elton have already been discussing it and David, especially, believes they should not wait too long.’
It is believed that Sir Elton, 63, and Mr Furnish, 48, have been pleased with the service provided by the Center for Surrogate Parenting (CSP) in Encino, California, which arranged the birth.
As a result, it is likely that the same firm would be used for a future child. Zachary was born with the donor egg of one woman before a different woman acted as surrogate.
According to CSP, couples often use the same surrogate and donor combination again for a second child, so that the second one is still biologically related to the first, even if the other man’s sperm is used.
Also, in high-profile cases, if the surrogate has maintained confidentiality then celebrities would regard her as even less of a risk the second time.
Sir Elton has been recorded as the father at the local register office in Los Angeles, with Mr Furnish as the mother in computer documents, according to an official.
It has also been suggested that the birth may have cost the celebrity couple up to $1million in fees and payments to the clinic and the women involved.
The birth of Zachary was as much as two and a half years in the planning.
Sir Elton and Mr Furnish are believed to have been discussing having a child via a surrogate mother since 2008. The singer, at least, seemed to be showing the strain of being a new father as he and Mr Furnish joined fellow pop star Sting and his wife, film producer Trudie Styler, at a house party in LA’s Hollywood Hills suburb.
Observers said that Sir Elton appeared somewhat worn out as he attended the bash.
by John Jackson