"The Mail's ANDREW PIERCE is both adopted and gay. But that doesn't stop him saying... Why I'm repelled by Elton and his partner's grotesque selfishness "
"The title of an infamous fly-on-the wall documentary made in 1997 about Sir Elton John was Tantrums And Tiaras. It tells you almost everything you need to know about this showbusiness diva."
"One minute he was flouncing off a tennis court in the south of France and demanding a private jet home because a fan had the temerity to greet him publicly."
"The next he was threatening to walk out shortly before another sell-out concert. ‘I’m sick of these shows,’ he raged."
"The decision to become a father appears to be another grotesque act of selfishness from Sir Elton who, along with his partner David Furnish, has bought a baby son from a surrogate mother in California for a reputed £100,000"
"In that film, Elton John came across as brilliantly talented — and deservedly so, for he is one of the most gifted musicians and performers of his generation."
"But he was also petulant, spoilt and selfish."
"And it is this side of his character that came to mind when I read this week’s news that Sir Elton, 63, and his partner David Furnish, 48, have bought a baby son from a surrogate mother in California for a reputed £100,000."
"I have no doubt of the couple’s ‘overwhelming’ happiness and joy at the arrival of their son. I am quite certain that the child’s unorthodox parentage — he was born to an unidentified surrogate mother who had carried the child after being implanted with a donor egg from another mystery woman — will prove no barrier to the love the couple will lavish on him."
"Yet I can’t help feeling that his decision to become a father is another grotesque act of selfishness from Sir Elton, and that the child is a little Christmas bauble he and his partner have awarded themselves. How telling it is that he was born on Christmas Day."
"As far back as 2001 Sir Elton admitted that he was too old for fatherhood, He told the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet: ‘I have come to the conclusion that it is too late for me. Had it been 20 years ago, then I would definitely have done it. I don’t want to be 70 years old when my daughter turns 16.’"
"Yet he will now be 79, not 70, when his son turns 16."
"It was once his wish to adopt a child, rather than create his own, but can you imagine any respectable agency even contemplating placing a baby with a man who will be collecting his state pension in only 15 months time?"
"So why should he be allowed to buy one?"
"Sir Elton once admitted that he was too busy for fatherhood and spent too much time travelling."
"Yet next month he embarks on a 26-date tour of the U.S. and Europe and is unlikely to take his turn on nappy duty. The happy couple will, as normal, host their Oscars party in Hollywood in February."
"Perhaps Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John will make his first appearance on the red carpet."
"Let me make my position clear. I am a gay man and I believe same sex couples should be allowed to adopt or have their own children — although I think that in ideal circumstances a child should be brought up by a mother and father."
"I have two very good male friends who are in a civil partnership and have adopted a little girl. They will make wonderful parents not least because they are absolutely committed to each other, but also because one of them has given up his job to be a full-time parent."
"So what of Sir Elton? In many ways, he is to be admired. He has spent millions of pounds of his own money on his Aids foundation. He has successfully battled against drink and drug addiction."
"The warm public reaction to his civil partnership with David Furnish underlined his status as one of Britain’s most popular singers. He still tops the charts after a career spanning four decades."
"But he is also an ageing, pampered, self-indulgent millionaire — look at the absurd names he and Furnish have given the poor child, for heaven’s sake!"
"And it is the nagging suspicion that Elton — a man who is by nature an obsessive — has simply acquired a son to satisfy his latest fixation that I find repellent."
"Forget the media circus that will surround this poor little rich boy for the rest of his life."
"What really disturbs me is the selfishness of a world where it’s apparently acceptable for women in their 60s to pay for expensive IVF or for superstars who, in a parody of consumerism, ‘buy’ children from African orphanages as they think the normal rules don’t apply to them."
"But those rules — honed over thousands of years — do matter."
"And Rule Number One is that, by and large, a child needs a loving mother and father."
"Rule Number Two is that a child needs to know where he or she comes from and what their genetic identity is. Two stories in the Mail this week highlight these truths."
"There was a survey published yesterday from the Prince’s Trust, which concluded that young men with no male role models in their lives, and women without a mother figure, are hugely disadvantaged in life."
"Then there was the poignant story of Pat Fitzgerald who, wrapped in blankets with a dummy in her mouth, was abandoned on the steps of a Cardiff hotel when she was only five weeks old."
"Now, 71 years after that act of unimaginable cruelty, Mrs Fitzgerald, in a desperate bid to fill the huge hole in her life, is trying to discover her true identity, even though she was brought up as an only child by devoted adoptive parents."
"I ached when I read about the yawning chasm she still feels in her life even though she has four children of her own."
"But then I know something of Mrs Fitzgerald’s agony. I was christened Patrick Connolly in Bristol and spent the first two years of my life in a Catholic orphanage in Cheltenham."
"My birth mother — a single woman — used to visit, but there was no place then for a single mother and her son to be together in the harsh moral climate of Sixties Britain."
"My salvation came in the form of a working class married couple. They already had three of their own children, but very little money."
"But they had lots of love to give and they travelled to the orphanage for two hours on the bus each weekend. I’m glad they came. They adopted me a couple of months later and I will always be profoundly grateful to them for their love and support."
"Today, I regard them as my real parents, but I would not be telling the truth if I didn’t admit that I still wonder about my birth mother and father."
"So imagine the demons that could plague Elton John’s little boy with his unconventional parentage. Apart from the surrogate mother carrying the egg of another woman, there’s the question of who’s the father."
"Just what is Elton going to say to him when he’s a troubled 16-year-old and asks: ‘Daddy, where did I come from?’ Imagine the chasm in that boy’s life."
"As an adopted gay man, I have no interest in having children of my own — although I don’t denigrate those who want to."
"Let’s hope Elton John’s son gets the same chances that I had, which had nothing to do with money. My parents had little of that."
"What they offered instead was the love and support of an ordinary, hard-working couple who were always there for their children."
"How often will Sir Elton be there for his son?"