Elton: I will be using a Stannah stairlift by the time my kids are 15! Singer talks of parenthood

Happy family: Sir Elton with Elijah and David Furnish  with Zachary

When he was a spring chicken of 40, Elton  John already considered himself too old for parenthood, but that did not put him  off becoming a father in his 60s.

Now, however, he knows what getting on a bit  means and has admitted that his joy at being a hands-on parent will be  short-lived because he started so late.

The 66-year-old singer suggested that by the  time his two sons are teenagers, he will probably be so frail that he will need  a stairlift.

At a ceremony to receive the first Brits Icon  Award for his contribution to music, he was reminded how, in an interview aged  40, he said he was too old to be a father.

The TV presenter Dermot O’Leary asked Sir  Elton: ‘You said, “I don’t want to be 70 years old with a teenage child” – what  do you say now?’

The singer replied: ‘Well, I won’t be 70  years old with a teenager – I will be 80. By the time they are 15, I will be on  a Stannah stairlift.

‘I wish I had made that decision to be a  father 20 years earlier because I am no spring chicken.’

Sir Elton and his partner of 20 years, David  Furnish, 50, are reported to have paid an unnamed surrogate £17,340 for the  birth of their first son, Zachary, in 2010. It is claimed they paid a further £20,000 to the same woman for their other son, Elijah, in January this  year.

‘I could understand when people were  concerned about our age,’ Sir Elton said at the award ceremony on Monday night, ‘but to hell with it. We can show these children so much love, and in  two-and-a-half years, they have brought me so much happiness.

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