Elton John says he loves the smell of nappies and that fatherhood so far has been “very relaxing”.

The star was criticised by some who said he would be a hands-off parent and leave the messier aspects of childcare to nannies.

But he said: “I love the smell of nappies. Fatherhood is fantastic, it’s been the most wonderful thing that’s happened to me after meeting David.

“Surprisingly, it’s been very relaxing because this little soul that you’re feeding and you’re changing and you’re bathing and you’re telling bedtime stories to is a blank canvas. All it needs is love and nurturing.

“It’s the most wonderful feeling. When he gets to talking and running around, I will probably feel a little different.”

John and civil partner David Furnish were at the Hollywood premiere of animated movie Gnomeo and Juliet, which Furnish produced.

They welcomed baby Zachary into the world on Christmas Day.

“I never thought I’d be a father, but I’m so pleased I changed my mind,” John told Bang Showbiz.

“As long as David and I can bring Zachary up to be a loving and compassionate boy, I’ll be very happy.”