Elton John Risks Stately Curmudgeon Reputation With Baby Adoption

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Elton John, the singer who sometimes performs in very anti-gay ways that gives anyone reason to complain, will join the cadre of celebrities who adopt children. Elton, 62, has his sights set on 14-month-old Lev, a Ukrainian boy he and husband David Furnish met at an orphanage there. This is quite surprising, given Elton’s earlier statements about family. And the fact that he’s an egomaniac.

But it’s not like Ukraine is going to make the adoption effort a pleasant one: Family, Youth and Sports Minister Yuriy Pavlenko says adopting parents must be married in Ukraine, and gay marriages don’t count. (Also, Elton is too old.)