This week Sir Elton John, 64, and husband David Furnish, 48,confirmed that superstar Lady Gaga is the godmother of their 4-month-old son,Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John.
During a "20/20" interview that aired Friday, host BarbaraWalters asked the couple about their decision to select the controversial"Judas" singer for the special honor.
"A lot of people said, 'Oh, that's crazy,'" Elton revealed."And they don't know her, and we do."
In the video below, Elton and David discuss Lady Gaga at the 2:14 mark:
Elton suggested that the public not judge the singer bornStefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta by her stage persona alone. "When you get tothe real person underneath, there's a simple girl who loves her parents," hesaid.
Elton And David Open Up On Fatherhood
David anticipates Lady Gaga helping navigate Zachary's futureinterest in music. "Zachary's going to inherit an incredible musical legacyfrom his father one day, and she will be a good person to guide him through theins and outs of the music business, 'cause she sure knows everything about thebusiness now," he said.
Clearly, Lady Gaga is not the only celebrity ever picked to oversee the physical and spiritual well being of a child in the event the parents are no longer able to do so. The following is a list, compiled by Parademagazine
, of other famous godparents.
Elton reportedly hasseveral godchildren himself, among them, Brooklynand Romeo, the sons of Victoria and David Beckham. U2 frontman Bono is thegodfather to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's twins, Vivienne Marcheline and Knox Leon.Sting and wife Trudie Styler accepted the honor to be godparents to Madonna andGuy Ritchie's son, Rocco. The late Michael Jackson was the godfather of LionelRichie's famous daughter Nicole.
Aside from Gaga's good news this week, she also experiencedbacklashes when her manager denied Weird Al's initial requests to make a parody
of "Born This Way" and when she responded in an angry rant to NME when themagazine compared "Born This Way" to Madonna's "Express Yourself." But there weremore shocking news stories this week. Judges in the manslaughter hearing ofMichael Jackson physician Conrad Murrary will allow autopsy photos of theking of pop to be used in court. Leann Rimes wed actor Eddie Cibrian, andRihanna tied a chart record with the Supremes.
This was a great week for news. Be sure to check back inseven days for more water cooler talk. See you then.
THIS WEEK'S TOP 5MUSIC NEWS STORIES
1) Googoo Gaga -- Elton John picks Lady Gaga as godmother
2) Express Yourself -- Lady Gaga apologizes for usingoffensive language
3) Picture This -- Michael Jackson autopsy photos will allowedin court
4) Dream Girls -- Rihanna ties a record with legendary divas
5) Holy Matrimony! -- Leann Rimes and Eddie Cibrian make itofficial
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