Back when Ricky Martin first had twins via surrogate, he told People Magazine that he was caring for both of his newborn boys without the help of a nanny. Martin presumably didn’t even have a partner at the time. He said “I’m doing this on my own because I don’t want to miss a moment. I have a personal assistant who helps me, someone who takes care of me while I’m taking care of them, but I’m the one who changes the diapers, the one that feeds them, the one that bathes them, the one that puts them to sleep. For any parent, the first couple of months tend to get a little bit intense.” (Clay Aiken said something similar about being a hands-on parent to his son.)
Unlike Ricky Martin, Elton John and his partner David Furnish don’t seem to be putting as much priority on daddy duty. The Daily Mail reports that their newborn Zachary, born via surrogate on Christmas day, has two nannies and lives in an adjacent apartment. It’s unclear whether the apartment is connected to theirs, but it’s next door. John and Furnish live in a luxury apartment in Los Angeles outfitted with modern furnishings and expensive art. You can see photos on Architectural Digest’s website. They’re said to be in the process of decorating the second apartment for their new baby while he’s being cared for there, but it’s not known whether they had a wall taken down or if they have to go out into the hall and use the door to visit him.
The Mail on Sunday has learned that Sir Elton, 63, and his partner David Furnish have appointed a top Hollywood interior designer to turn the flat beside their luxury home into a dream nursery.
Although the work is not yet finished, several months after it started, eight-day-old Zachary is already installed there, and looked after by round-the-clock nannies.
A New York television star who is a long-time friend of the couple said: ‘Elton and David have wanted this baby for a long time. They bought their first apartment in 2007 and then the following year they bought the smaller one next door.
‘Everyone originally thought they bought the smaller apartment because they wanted extra space, but then I found out they were trying to have a baby.
‘They haven’t said whether they have knocked the wall down between the two apartments but I must say at Elton’s age, I wouldn’t blame him if there is no adjoining door. Will he really want to be woken up at night by a screaming baby?
‘From what I understand the baby and his nannies are living in one apartment and Elton and David are living in another.’
The couple have hired ‘interior designer to the stars’ Martyn Lawrence-Bullard to decorate the baby’s apartment. Lawrence-Bullard, who also masterminded Sir Elton’s flat, was overheard telling a friend: ‘I am still decorating it. It is not quite finished yet.’
A source at the building, the 32-storey Sierra Towers, said last night: ‘It seems a slightly odd arrangement when you have waited so long to have a child. It certainly gives a new answer to the question: what do you give the baby who has everything? His own flat, of course.
‘Everyone in the building has been talking of nothing else but the baby all week.
‘Apparently he is seriously cute with wispy blond hair. He is in his own apartment with a Filipino lady and an African-American nurse, who are with him 24/7.’
Sir Elton’s spokesman Gary Farrow yesterday said of the baby’s sleeping arrangement: ‘It’s private. No comment.’
[From The Daily Mail]
Elton John is going on a five month world tour starting at the end of this month, but he’s only doing about four shows a month. I don’t blame these two for hiring help and expanding their place so that they have room for Zachary. It makes sense, and it doesn’t mean that they’re foisting off all his care onto the help. A lot of people go back to work after having babies. This story did strike me as kind of a large contrast to what both Ricky Martin and Clay Aiken said about caring for their sons.
Photos are from March and August, 2010. Credit: Fame Pictures