Elton John and his longtime partner David Furnish are hoping to adopt a Ukrainian toddler named Lev they met while touring an orphanage there, according to an internet report. The singer has has not yet started formal proceedings, which are often time-consuming and complicated. John told reporters in Ukraine this weekend that he and Furnish have wanted to adopt a child but that he was hesitant until he met Lev at an orphanage where many of the children’s parents have died from AIDS.
“David 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, maybe it wouldn’t be fair for the child,” John told reporters. “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 we can have a home. I’ve changed my mind today.”
John and Furnish toured the orphanage – where John performed for the children – as part of his AIDS Foundation work. Ukraine has one of the fastest rising rates of HIV infection in Europe.