10/02/2012 04:01 GMT | Updated 10/04/2012 06:12 BST

Sir Elton John And David Furnish Fear Son Faces 'Stigma'

Sir Elton John and husband David Furnish have taken the advice of counsellors on bringing up their son as they feel he may be "stigmatised".

In an interview with Attitude magazine, the couple talked about their life as parents of 13-month-old son Zachary who was born to a surrogate mother.

Speaking about Zachary's upbringing, Sir Elton said: "We're going to have challenges, of course we are. But we talked about that before we had him."

Elton's Canadian filmmaker partner David, added: "I think he's going to have a lot of attention thrust upon him.

"He's going to be potentially doubly stigmatised, because one of his parents is extremely famous and because he comes from two dads.

"We've taken advice from counsellors. We've put a whole scrapbook together about his creation, the people who were involved in the process and how the intent was about love."

He added: "We're going to raise him to be proud of who he is."

And whilst singer Elton and David may face challenges raising their child, they are currently hands-on parents taking baby Zachary with them on their travels.

Speaking on Good Morning America recently, Elton said: "At the moment, he's portable so he can come with us. He's been to Hawaii twice, Australia, Italy, France, Singapore, Canada. He comes where we go. That's going to be a little more difficult when he's four years old and we take him to school. I want to be there much more when he's in school."

Talking about their new life with Zachary, Elton told Attitude: "I can't tell you how brilliant this year has been and how much love he's brought us and how much we're getting.

"We thought that the civil partnership brought us together, but having a child has been magnificent, and I never thought I would have a kid.

"I don't feel 65, which I will be next year. Now, having a kid there's so much more to do. There's so much more I want to see happen before I die."