Sir Elton John's concern over son's gay taunts at school

Sir Elton John says he's worried about the difficult childhood facing his son as he battles against homophobia and the impact of his father's fame.

Sir Elton John on stage outside Buckingham Palace during the Diamond Jubilee Concert
Sir Elton John on stage outside Buckingham Palace during the Diamond Jubilee Concert Credit: Press Association

The singer says he is preparing himself for what would be a rough time growing up for his son Zachary, who is now 19 months old.

Speaking to the Radio Times he said the toddler was still unaware of his father's celebrity status.

I want music to be a huge part of his life. I sit him on my lap and he doesn't bang the piano. He tries to copy me but he's not formed enough yet to know what I do, thank God. 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.

Sir Elton John said he wanted to prepare his son for the comments he would face at school as other children point out he has two dads.

We've come a long way, but there's still homophobia and will be until a new generation of parents don't instil it in their children... [his upbringing] is natural for him. He calls me 'Daddy' and David [Furnish] 'Papa'.

Sir Elton John and partner David Furnish
Sir Elton John and partner David Furnish Credit: Press Association

Sir Elton said that he introduced Zachary to Chopin, Mozart and Beethoven - as well as Nellie The Elephant - at a very young age, but that his son was more interested in football and cooking.

Sir Elton said that he introduced Zachary to Chopin, Mozart and Beethoven - as well as Nellie The Elephant - at a very young age, but that his son was more interested in football and cooking.