Elton Aims to Adopt 'Heart-Stealing' Ukraine Orphan

Singer changes his mind about starting a family
By Mat Probasco,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 13, 2009 6:18 AM CDT
Pop singer Elton John kisses baby Lev during a news conference at a orphanage for HIV-positive children in the town of Makeyevka outside Donetsk yesterday.   (AP Photo/HO)
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(Newser) – Pop king Elton John has fallen in love with a 14-month-old orphan and wants to adopt the little Ukrainian boy, reports BBC.The music man's partner, David Furnish, has long wanted a family, but John, 62, feared his age and their rock-'n-roll lifestyle would be unfair to a child. But after meeting Lev while playing at a Ukrainian orphanage for HIV-positive children, John said the boy "has stolen my heart."

The singer was shaken last month when his 52-year-old keyboardist Guy Babylon died suddenly of a heart attack, John told a press conference after he met Lev. "What better opportunity to replace someone I lost than to replace him with someone I can give a future to?" he asked.