By Advocate.com Editors
Originally published on Advocate.com September 19 2001 12:00 AM ET
In an interview published Tuesday, out pop star Elton John told a Swedish tabloid that, at 54, he is too old to adopt a child but that he would have done so 20 years ago, according to Reuters. John told Aftonbladet that he and partner David Furnish have had several discussions about adopting, "but I have come to the conclusion that it is too late for me," said John. "Had it been 20 years ago, then I would definitely have done it.... I don't want to be 70 years old when my daughter turns 16." John went on to say that his celebrity and his extensive traveling would make child rearing difficult. His new album, Songs From the West Coast, criticizes discrimination against gays and lesbians. "I am proud to be gay," said the singer, "but at the same time, I don't live for being gay."