Elton John wanted a daughter
SIR Elton John wishes he had a daughter.
The 'Blue Wonderful' singer and husband David Furnish are already parents to sons Zachary, five, and Elijah, three, and though he is "grateful" to have the boys - who were born to the same surrogate - he regrets not having children earlier as he thinks he's left it too late to have a little girl as well.
Speaking on UK TV show 'Lorraine', he said: "I would love to have a little girl.
"I can truthfully say I wish I had done it earlier but we didn't, because I would love to have a little girl.
"But we have two great boys and we are so grateful for that and they make our life all worthwhile, it's all about them now."
Despite Elton's huge wealth, he insists he and David are trying to give their sons as "normal" a life as possible and won't be pushing them into following in his famous footsteps.
He said: "I'm not putting any pressure on them to do anything, they are not going to become showbiz kids, we don't dress them in designer clothes, they just have a normal background - and they are not from a normal background."
And Elton confessed that, despite his many years of stardom, his children remain grounded as they acknowledge his fame but ignore it.
He said: "We are a very privileged couple, we live an incredibly privileged life and so it's hard to keep their feet on the ground, but so far so good.
"They know what daddy does they know he's a singer but they are not that interested, they are more interested with their torches and their Lego."
However, being a parent does not make retirement appealing to the 68-year-old star, though he does want to cut down on his tour commitments.
Asked if he's ready to retire, he said: "No, no. I mean I do want to stop 'shclepping', I do. That's the hardest thing when you're touring - I was in the Far East before Christmas and Australia, [and] I had a ball, but I was away from my boys and it's hard.
"I'm going to stop travelling as much ... because you know it is about them and if you don't stop then what's the point in having children?"