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Elton John and David Furnish Confirm Lady Gaga Is Son's Godmother

Though it has been rumored for about two months now, Elton John and David Furnish confirmed to Barbara Walters on 20/20 that Lady Gaga is indeed the godmother of their son Zachary.

Said John about their reason for their choice: "When you get to the real person underneath, there's a simple girl who loves her parents. I love her to death and a lot of people say that's crazy, but they don't know her and we do."

The two also discuss the day birth of the baby, who now officially possesses the makings of a pop star. Watch the 20/20 segment (in two parts), AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. Oh dear, cue the hate now.

    Posted by: Tone | Apr 24, 2011 12:04:11 PM

  2. A very beautiful and touching interview. It was obnvious that Elton and David will be superb parents to Zachary. The best to all three!

    Posted by: Honolulu Paul | Apr 24, 2011 12:46:45 PM

  3. Love is all no matter the gender.

    Posted by: Foss | Apr 24, 2011 12:54:07 PM

  4. @Tone: Gladly. I honestly hate this. This child is a publicity stunt, and if it isn't they're definitely not hating the press. I'm not gonna say that 'this is exactly what the gay community doesn't blah blah blah' because, to be honest, Elton isn't a part of the 'community' any more than he's a part of the IRA, but this does seem like two bored rich gay men, scared of their increasing irrelevance, saying to each other "Hey, you know what'd be good for a laugh?"

    Posted by: Tanner Vale | Apr 24, 2011 12:56:33 PM

  5. Yes, because Elton John desperately needs publicity -- oh, wait, and even if he doesn't, then damn him for being a celebrity who doesn't hate the press -- and his life is obviously boring. And obviously this gay man -- whose annual AIDS fundraiser is a must-go party and who is in a long-term commited relationship with his partner -- is not part of the gay community.

    Honestly, some people can't think straight for the hate.

    Posted by: ohplease | Apr 24, 2011 1:09:17 PM

  6. family Circus indeed

    Posted by: | Apr 24, 2011 1:10:11 PM

  7. ohplease

    and his accepting 1 mill from rush limbaugh to sing at his wedding?

    Please explain away that, Lemmings

    Posted by: | Apr 24, 2011 1:11:27 PM

  8. Well rumor has it the only people raising this child are the nannies. Though frankly, between the options, that is probably the safest choice. To choose a 20-something admitted drug user superstar that isn't wrapped to tight as your child's godmother seems fairly irresponsible.

    Posted by: Adam | Apr 24, 2011 1:22:02 PM

  9. Yes, they're rich. They might be bored (though I doubt anyone on here knows them well enough to say). They might even be coasting toward irrelevance, whatever that means. But after over 40 years of a stunningly successful career in the music business, Elton John doesn't need any more publicity. And what exactly makes one a part of the "community" other than a shared, honest sexual orientation? And anyone who thinks that any gay person becomes a parent "for a laugh" simply doesn't have children. Or, rather, they shouldn't.

    What the gay community has been fighting for is not strict adherence to some sort of GLBT paradigm for how families should be created and managed. What I've been fighting for (and I assume the rest of the community as well) has been the freedom to create, love, and nurture our own families without being forced to adhere to the rubric of the straight community and without suffering the loss of our civil rights in the process. That's exactly what these two men have done, and it's exactly what thousands of other GLBT couples have done across the country and around the world.

    It never fails. Someone has something wonderful happen to them, then all the haters have to chime in with their idiotic animosity. I, for one, congratulate this family as well as all the other GLBT people who are raising healthy, happy children in a society in which all the cards are stacked against them.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Apr 24, 2011 1:38:05 PM

  10. and the world continues to spin.

    Posted by: daveny | Apr 24, 2011 1:52:45 PM

  11. Wow. I can't think of anyone more fitting to partake in that child's rearing.

    Posted by: Luminum | Apr 24, 2011 2:01:15 PM

  12. Lady Gaga the godmother to Elton's kid. Too gay.

    Kidding aside, Gaga seems like a compassionate individual. And I'm really glad they picked someone so young.

    Still this does feel like a bit of a publicity stunt. You'd think they have a very close female friend, who isn't famous, that they could have chosen.

    Posted by: Joe | Apr 24, 2011 2:03:51 PM

  13. sweet story. I hope they remain great role models

    Posted by: JEFFUWS | Apr 24, 2011 2:08:57 PM

  14. Why not have Rush Limbaugh be the baby's godfather?

    After all, Elton, Rush is the one you whored the last of your principles to for a million dollars. Why not go all the way and let him poison your son as well as your ethics?

    Dead to me. All of them. Dead dead dead.

    Posted by: Bryan | Apr 24, 2011 2:11:35 PM

  15. Tanner Vale, but I bet YOU complain when a well known gay actor who is in the glass closet doesn't come out right?

    What is with you bitches?

    We NEED him to come out with his boyfriend and publicly declare I'm gay on people!!! NOW!!! But then, this is a publicity stunt-whoring his babies and relationship in the press!!

    So which is it?

    I have a not so funny feeling that they couldn't give two sh*ts about what you guys think because guess who is the problem? The white Midwest Christian brigade who think ALL gay men are sick, perverted and evil.

    That's where he should be concentrating on and this is what he is doing. To waste his time with a bunch of bitchy, flippant, judgmental and irrational gay commenters is a wasted strategy because you'll hate who you hate anyway!

    Damn, I can't believe I'm sticking up for Elton and I hate him!

    Posted by: Rowan | Apr 24, 2011 2:19:48 PM

  16. Maybe I need to watch the interview to get the context, but why are these men wearing bathrobes for a video taped interview? It's all too Hugh Hefner-ish for me.

    Posted by: Joe in CT | Apr 24, 2011 2:39:06 PM

  17. I can only imagine all of Elton's best female friends silently thinking "This A-hole! I've known him for years and he picks an out-of-the-blue singer who is recently famous?!"

    And yeah, they would have every right to be angry in my book. Oh well.

    Posted by: Drew | Apr 24, 2011 2:43:41 PM

  18. @Drew


    how long have they even known gaga? 1yr 2?

    godparent's tend to be family members or someone you knew for more than say 10 years

    Its just a stunt to try to hook his sagging star onto someone younger to boost him back up

    Might as well have picked rush limbaugh since he has known rush longer than gaga and loves rush's $ to sell out his principals

    Posted by: | Apr 24, 2011 3:14:02 PM

  19. PS

    you people do understand what a godparent is right?

    someone who is supposed to get custody of the kid if the parents die

    its not just some cocktail hour title, it comes with real responsibilities

    Posted by: | Apr 24, 2011 3:15:57 PM

  20. Anyone in the rarified stratum of "celebrity" who really cares about his or her children keeps them OUT of public view.

    Posted by: BobN | Apr 24, 2011 3:18:22 PM

  21. Gaga's fifteen minutes are about to end. Did anybody catch the story of a fan supposedly dying at her concert for five minutes and supposedly coming back to life? Please tell me how someone's heart stops beating for five minutes and then WHAM...BAM....they are okay again thanks to Gaga Christ. I can't believe homosexuals fall for this pathetic excuse of a human.

    Posted by: Pauly | Apr 24, 2011 3:26:53 PM

  22. So happy to see big examples being set. I have no doubt that were the civil partnership be in place long ago, this opportunity would’ve come earlier, but nevertheless, given their resources –and the love and legacy they can provide- it’s good that they gave that step. Some people are so invested in hate (hate is a word to resume a myriad of mean feelings) –even in our own gay community- that they can not see beyond to the big picture of how important is for the gays all around the world to at least know that some gay people have the chance to form a stable family and have children of their own. Given time, you won’t have to be an Elton John or a Ricky Martin to consider the idea. And by the way, for the haters, don’t worry; for one Elton John there are plenty of homophobic billionaires out there who work each and every day for to take away each and every right we could possibly have.

    Posted by: Lexxvs | Apr 24, 2011 4:02:06 PM

  23. @Pauly

    Honey, I've been hearing for the past three years that Gaga's fifteen minutes are almost up. "Born This Way" broke all kinds of records and "Judas" just became her ninth top ten song. Her HBO special in two weeks is going to be huge, as his her new album which comes out in a month.

    As for the woman who went into cardiac arrest at the Gaga concert? It happened during the opening act.

    She didn't even get to see Gaga perform.

    Posted by: SKOC211 | Apr 24, 2011 4:15:15 PM

  24. skoc211

    dude there is something seriously fishy about that story

    5 minutes without blood flow = oxygen flow to the brain

    less than 5 minutes and there is some brain cell death

    5 minutes is getting into brain stem death , not fully but right there on the edge and brain stem death means autonomic systems

    the person, if true, wouldn't necessarily be a vegetable but would be half a vegetable :-P

    Posted by: | Apr 24, 2011 4:23:49 PM

  25. II'm not a Lady GaGa fan and sometimes mock her, but I don't know what she's like as a private individual and she may well be a perfectly honorable person and make a good God Parent. God knows she has the financial resources.

    My problem with E.J. + Mr. E.J. is they're too old to parent a child IMHO. I understand they'll be raised by nannies, but they still are his parents, and I don't think it's emotionally or psychologically healthy. Sometimes it has to be done [grand parents caring for their grand children when mom can't,etc.,] but it shouldn't be encouraged to be deliberately done. Of course, the child won't want financially and will have the best of opportunities and connections in life.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 24, 2011 7:18:16 PM

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