Singer Sir Elton John, who, along with his partner David Furnish, became a father on Christmas, says being a parent is a wish granted.

Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John was born in California on December 25 via a surrogate. He weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces and measured 22 inches long.

Sir Elton told Us magazine that the birth of his son fulfills the couple's longtime dream of being parents.

“For many years we have talked about fulfilling one of our greatest wishes by becoming parents,” Sir Elton said. “And now this wish has been granted to us, we feel so blessed and lucky.”

The couple attempted to adopt two Ukrainian boys – Lev and his HIV-positive brother Artyom – last year, but authorities in the Ukraine didn't approve. At the time, Sir Elton told reporters that the boys had stolen his heart.

Sir Elton, 63, and Furnish, a 48-year-old filmmaker, entered a UK civil partnership in 2005 after a 12-year engagement.

Sir Elton was blasted last year for performing at the wedding of conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh. Limbaugh went on to say that Sir Elton is not a supporter of gay marriage. But the singer-songwriter will be performing next month at a fundraiser for the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), a group formed specifically to support a challenge to California's gay marriage ban, Proposition 8.