Sir Elton John is not just a pop icon, he is a humanitarian and most importantly, he is a father. According to a report by TVNZ on Monday, The 67-year-old singer has reportedly helped save the life of a 6-year-old Ukranian boy he formed a bond with and once tried to adopt.
John, who currently raises two children with longtime partner David Furnish, met Lev Ageyev in an orphanage back in 2009. He tried to adopt the boy, but Ukrainian laws wouldn’t allow the adoption to go through due to John’s sexuality and age. Fast forward a few years later and the pop star may have had a hand in saving young Lev’s life.
Over the weekend, Ukrainian socialite Olena Franchuck, a close friend of the “Your Song” singer, organized a 460-mile bus dash to get Lev and his family out of the city of Mariupol. The rescue coincided with a 1,000 people human chain assembled in protest against pro-Russian forces in Ukraine.
It is believed that John and Furnish provided the aid to get the family to Kiev. Lev’s grandmother, Yulia Ageyeva, was extremely grateful. She said, “People say Russian tanks will attack soon. I thank God for whoever helped us. We’ve been told we will be moved to a flat and there’s a school not far away.”
Yulia also pleaded for help from the pop icon earlier in the year as she witnessed worsening and unsafe conditions in the Ukraine. A spokesman for the couple declined to comment on whether or not they were involved with the rescue mission, but Yulia’s cry for help has been heard from someone and for now, young Lev’s life is safe.