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Singer Elton John gives up adoption plans

Elton John gives up hope of adopting little Lev.
Elton John gives up hope of adopting little Lev.
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After months of discussion, Elton John and his partner David Furnish have given up their previous plan to adopt a Ukrainian boy named Lev.

John was drawn to the idea of adoption after meeting Lev at an orphanage for many children who are HIV-positive.

"It's not possible, the laws don't support the adoption. And we are finding ways of supporting Lev and his brother from here, keeping them in their own country and just making sure that they have the best health care, education and family options available to them." Furnish said to BBC Radio.

The adoption was halted because the laws in Ukraine state that John is too old at 62 and is also not eligible to adopt since he is in a same-sex relationship.

From here, John and Furnish plan to advocate for a change in adoption laws while helping to support Lev and his brother.

 "I think there's a lot of things they need to catch up in terms of adoption and the status of the child that's HIV positive and what the status of their adoption is within their country." Furnish said.

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