The mother of the Ukrainian child Sir Elton John wants to adopt has vowed to never give him up.
The HIV positive woman - known only as Marina - has revealed she will never give 15-month-old Lev over to the pop superstar and his husband David Furnish because she wants to get her life together and raise him herself.
Sir Elton John has been branded a "sinner" by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
The pop legend - who has been told he can't adopt a 14-month-old boy from the country because he is homosexual and too old - has been blasted by the religious group who have "thanked God" he won't be allowed to care for the tot.
Sir Elton John's adoption bid might be refused because he is gay.
The pop legend and his husband David Furnish are desperate to give a home to 14-month-old boy Lev - who they met at an orphanage at the weekend - but could be refused because it is illegal for homosexual couples to adopt in the Ukraine.