Elton John Is Afraid Of His Son's Childhood Because Of Possible Homophobic Classmates

Date April 11, 2018

In a 2011 interview, Sir Elton John said he feared his son Zachary would face bullies in school because he didn't "have a mommy." He also spoke of the difficulty he may face as the son of a celebrity.

Elijah joins Daddy for the encore.

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Elton John's relationship with his sons

The British star and his Canadian civil partner David Furnish became parents on December 25, 2010, to the first child conceived using a donor egg and born via a surrogate mother.


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Talking about his sons Zachary and Elijah naturally made Elton John burst with pride during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The singer admitted that he couldn't believe how happy and lucky he is.

If you'd had said to me ten years ago I'd be sitting on your show married to the man I love and have two beautiful children; I would have said you put acid in my drink.


John explained how he is trying to give his son a musical upbringing by introducing him to classical composers Chopin, Mozart, and Beethoven - as well as the children's song "Nellie The Elephant" - at a very young age, but that his son was more interested in football and cooking.

Elton is afraid of his son's childhood

Half-term football fest for Daddy and Zachary

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The singer fears his children will struggle with bullies because he works in show business and because of they don’t "have a mommy."

We've come a long way, but there's still homophobia and will be until a new generation of parents doesn't instill it in their children.

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John, whose 1997 remake of his 1973 hit "Candle in The Wind" sold 33 million copies, said the toddler did not yet have an understanding of his father's fame.

When he finds out, he'll look at me as if I'm bonkers. Being the child of someone famous is a huge ball and chain around your ankles. It's going to be very difficult.

Children of gay parents speak for themselves

For the past five years, GBrookly photographer Gabriela Herman has been photographing and interviewing people from all over the country with one or more LGBTQ parent.

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1. Zack

Raised in upstate New York by his two moms:

Everyone in my family is adopted. I had less trouble with two moms and more issues with finding myself, you know, with race and ethnicity.

2. Jamie

She was raised outside Chicago by her mom and various partners:

I was raised by my mom and her different partners, but a lot of her past partners and friends were in my life, to the extent that I feel I was raised by a lot of different women.

3. Elizabeth

Elizabeth, raised in Boston by her mom and dad, who came out when she was in college:

He said, 'It's time for me to confront my identity’, and I asked 'Are you gay?' and he says, 'Well, I haven't had any experiences to be sure'. And I think the next words out of my mouth were, 'Dad; I'm pretty sure you're gay'.

4. Vanessa

Raised in Northern Virginia by her mom and dad, who came out when she was 28:

For my sister and me, we were more upset about the feeling of being lied to for a long time than about my dad's sexuality.

5. John

Raised in New England by his mom and in Seattle by his dad, who came out when he was 2, and his dad's partner:

The first time it was ever spoken about was when my mom bought this book "Daddy's Roommate."

With the work ethic and courage of Elton John, we are so sure his children will be just fine.

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