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Elton John wants to adopt boy in Ukraine

LOOK out, Madonna and Angelina Jolie - veteran singer Elton John may be joining the ranks of A-list celebrities to adopt children.

John and longtime partner David Furnish are interested in adopting a Ukrainian toddler named Lev they met during an orphanage tour there.

The singer told reporters in Ukraine on Saturday that Furnish had long wanted to adopt a child but that he was reluctant 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 said.

"But having seen Lev, 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."

He acknowledged bureaucratic hurdles may make the adoption of Lev impossible.

John and Furnish, 46, toured the orphanage, where John performed for the children, as part of his Elton John's AIDS Foundation work. Ukraine has one of the fastest-rising rates of HIV infection in Europe.


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