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Elton John Says He Wants To Adopt Ukrainian Child

Elton John may soon join the ranks of A-list celebrities with adopted children.

The singer says he would 'love' to adopt after coming across a 14-month-old boy during a trip to Ukraine with his AIDS Foundation.

"David Furnish always wanted to adopt a child and I always said no because I am 62 and I think because of the traveling I do and the life I have, it wouldn't be fair for the child."

"But having seen Lev today, I would love to adopt him. I don't know how we do that but he has stolen my heart. And he has stolen David's heart and it would be wonderful if he can have a home. I've changed my mind today. He's such a scrumptious thing, bless his heart."

Elton recently lost close friend and keyboardist, Guy Babylon, which may have played a part in changing his mind.

"It broke my heart because he was such a genius and so young and has two wonderful children. What better opportunity to replace someone I lost than to replace him with someone I can give a future to?"

"I don't know what the procedure is to adopt a boy from the Ukraine. I don't think I can because England doesn't have a treaty with the Ukraine."

However, Furnish is Canadian so that may provide an avenue for adoption from the country. Ukraine has one of the fastest rising rates of HIV infection in Europe.

September 14, 2009 |

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