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Should Elton John Have A Baby At 63?

December 28, 2010

Is it irresponsible to take on an infant at 63 years old?

The entertainment world has been giddy over the news that Elton John and his partner have a new bouncing bundle of joy. Elton John (age 63) and his partner David Furnish (age 48) announced that they had a baby boy via surrogate, born on Christmas.

People confirmed that the couple had named the baby Zachary Johnson Levon Furnish.  While most sites are exalted and offering up congratulations to the couple, I was kind of horrified.  Not for the reason you are thinking, I could care less that they are a same sex couple. I am fully supportive of gay couples having the right to adopt.

I just think it is downright irresponsible and selfish to take on the massive task of raising a baby when you are 63 years old.  It’s a grueling and demanding task even when you are twenty years old.  Furnish himself is no spring chicken at 48.  What were they thinking?

I know that there are a lot of older people who find themselves in the position of caring for a younger child or baby, but it is usually not their choice.  A lot of grandparents are now rearing their own grandkids, due to parental hardships or negligence.  However, I don’t think many would admit that it is their ideal situation.

I know everyone is going to say that Elton and David have all the money in the world to hire nannies, nightmaids, etc.  No doubt every monetary need the child ever has will be met and exceeded, but that doesn’t make up for a parent being physically present.  I’d say the same thing about any couple their age.

Let’s face it, Elton will likely be in diapers before his child is out of them.  I can’t help but think of how much they could have changed the life of an older orphan.  I hate that they went out and created a new baby that they can tote around like an accessory.  I’ve no doubt they  love their son, but we all know they won’t be doing any of the work.

Just because you can be a parent doesn’t mean you should.  When that boy is an energetic ten year old, Elton will be 73!  How old is too old?


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5 Responses to “ Should Elton John Have A Baby At 63? ”

  1. gay friendly on December 28, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    how wonderful that elton has done this, he will bring a wonderful life to that child. why cant people have a sense of pride?

  2. jack leighton on December 28, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    How ridiculous! Has anyone thought about their kid’s(kind of funny because it’s not THEIR son as two guys can’t have kids) feelings? Does he want a 73 year old father when he’s 10? Does he want a 78 year old father when he’s 15? Shouldn’t kids have any rights? Personally, I hope the son sues the two men who paid to have him brought into the world for billions for cruelty.

  3. Tish on December 28, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    I am so happy for Elton…I understand that he is older, but maybe he is fulfilling a lifelong dream of parenthood. That baby will be loved and taken very good care of. Congrats to him and his partner!

  4. Kelli B. on December 28, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Why are you so critical about how someone else chooses to live their life? Live and let live.

  5. Becky on December 29, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    A friend of mine as a teenager(13 years ago) had a father in his seventies(mom was forty-something)…and while he loved his father, he was a somewhat absent presence in his life, simply because he was at that point winding down. While I understand the desire to be a parent, there is a point at which I think it becomes somewhat selfish.