Sir Elton John‘s plan to adopt baby Lev has hit a further roadblock after a woman claiming to be his mother insisted “I will not give my baby away,” daily mail reports.
The woman claiming to be Lev’s biological mother, Marina Timoshenko, 25, has reportedly only seen her son once since he was taken into care in May due to her alleged alcoholism. Reports claim that she hopes to regain custody of her son again after overcoming her addictions.
I will not give my baby away to Elton John for any money.” Marina stated. “Lev is a mummy’s boy. He needs em and I have not given up my rights over him. I want to talk to Elton. I want to tell him how much I love Lev. I’m going to overcome my problems. I so much want my babies back.”
The 62-year-old Crocodile Rock singer and his partner David Furnish publicly discussed their hopes to adopt Lev, 15 months, last month after they met the tot at an orphanage in Donetsk, Ukraine.
Reportedly, Lev’s mother has not given up her parental rights, so Lev is not a potential candidate for adoption. Marina, who is HIV positive and separated from Lev’s father, admits she turned to alcohol after experiencing financial problems. Ukrainian social services removed Lev and his brother Artyom, 3, from her home and placed them into care.
Lev’s father Sergey, 31, who served eight years in prison after strangling a 14-year-old girl and leaving her to die in a Russian lake, also stated his disapproval of Elton’s plans: “I don’t want Elton to take my boys. I won’t let Elton take Marina and the children to Britain and be their guardian.”
Where do you think Lev should go? Elton and David or stay in the orphanage until biological mum has overcome her addictions?