LOS ANGELES – Sir Elton John is holding close a new tiny dancer.

The piano man and partner David Furnish have become parents to a 7-pound, 15-ounce baby boy born on Christmas Day. The news was first reported Monday night by USMagazine.com and confirmed to The Associated Press by John’s publicist.

Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John was born in California via a surrogate, whose identity is being protected by the new parents.

Zachary is 62-year-old John’s first child with the 48-year-old Furnish. They married in 2005.

In a joint statement, the new parents told USMagazine.com that “Zachary is healthy and doing well” and they are “overwhelmed with happiness and joy at this very special moment.”

No more walking line: Witherspoon to marry

 

NEW YORK – Reese Witherspoon is engaged to Hollywood agent Jim Toth.

A representative for the actress confirmed that the couple will wed and that they’re “extremely happy.” The engagement was first reported by Us Weekly.

The 34-year-old actress was previously married to actor Ryan Phillippe. She has two children with him, and they divorced in 2008.

Witherspoon won an Oscar for her performance in “Walk the Line.” She stars in the recently released comedy “How Do You Know.”

Toth is an agent for Creative Artists Agency. Witherspoon is an agency client but is represented by another agent.

Televised fight ends in arrest

 

ANDERSON, Ind. – Prosecutors in central Indiana have filed felony domestic battery and child neglect charges against a star of the MTV reality show “Teen Mom.”

Anderson police began investigating 20-year-old Amber Portwood after a September episode showed her slapping, choking and kicking the 24-year-old father of her daughter.

Portwood was arrested Monday and jailed under a 24-hour hold until Tuesday afternoon.

Detective Mitch Carroll told a newspaper that the child neglect charges stem from Portwood’s then-1-year-old daughter being present during two filmed instances of domestic violence.

The Indiana Department of Child Services said dozens of viewers called the state’s child abuse hotline to report Portwood’s outbursts.

Singer Rimes, actor Cibrian get engaged

LOS ANGELES – LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian are getting married.

Rimes’ publicist, Rhett Usry, confirmed Tuesday that the country singer and the actor “were engaged over the holidays and are very happy.”

Both were married to other people when they fell in love. Rimes, 28, and Cibrian, 37, co-starred in the 2009 Lifetime original TV movie “Northern Lights.”

Cibrian’s divorce from his wife of eight years was finalized in October. Rimes’ husband filed for divorce a year ago, citing irreconcilable differences.