September 13, 2009

Singer John wants to adopt Ukrainian boy

British pop singer Elton John says he wants to adopt a Ukrainian boy he met while visiting an orphanage in the Eastern European country.

The BBC said Saturday that the 62-year-old singer announced his adoption plans at a news conference, saying he decided to forgo his personal opposition to becoming a parent via adoption after meeting a 14-month-old Ukrainian boy called Lev.

David and I have always talked about adoption, 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, said John, referring to his partner David Furnish, 46.

The BBC said the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road singer also admitted the recent death of his keyboardist, Guy Babylon, helped change his mind.

Last week I lost one of my best friends; my keyboard player died of a heart attack at 52, John said.

It broke my heart because he was such a genius and so young and has two wonderful children.