Sir Elton John and David Furnish have welcomed their second child, and said they were “overwhelmed with happiness and excitement”.

The couple welcomed Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John, who was born at 6.40pm on Friday 11 January. He was born at 8lb 4oz, and was a much- wanted brother for the couple’s first child, two-year-old Zachary, reports Hello. 

Elijah was born in Los Angeles via a surrogate. Reports have suggested that they used the same surrogate for both of their children.

Sir Elton said: “Both of us have longed to have children, but the reality that we now have two sons is almost unbelievable. The birth of our second son completes our family in a most precious and perfect way. It is difficult to fully express how we are feeling at this time; we are just overwhelmed with happiness and excitement.”

The couple celebrated the birth of their first child, Zachary, on Christmas day 2010, using the same  California-based surrogate who is reported to have given birth today.

He previously said: ”I would like Zachary to have a sibling. I think he would be better with a sibling than on his own. It’s something we talk about all the time.”

Back in November, it was reported that Sir Elton John and David Furnish were expecting their second child, from the same surrogate mother who gave birth to their son Zachary. After twelve years together, the couple wed in 2005.

Las week, Rosie O’Donnell, announced that she and her wife Michelle Rounds had celebrated the birth of a baby girl Dakota.