It’s a boy! Sergey Lazarev admits he has a two-year-old son after photo captures family church visit

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He’s one of Russia’s most recognised public figures, known for his show-stopping performances, numerous roles in the theatre, and general charm and good humour.

But unbeknownst to his millions of fans, Sergey Lazarev has also been a father for the past two and a half years.

The news broke this morning after Russian news site LIFE.ru published images of the “You Are The Only One” singer leaving church with his son and Sergey’s mother.

When L!FE approached Sergey about the photographs on the telephone, he responded, “This is my private life, I do not want to make it public” before ending the call.

Now, with the cat out of the bag, Sergey has taken to Instagram to clarify his reasons for keeping details of his son — named Nikita — a secret. He wrote:

“Public life is always seen through a magnifying glass, sparking a lot of conversations, rumours, discussions, often negative emotions. Even for adults and experienced people, this kind of attention is a difficult test, especially for a small child.”

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“That’s why me and my family decided to keep a wonderful, joyful event in my life from 2.5 years ago only in the family, and did not make any announcements or advertisements.”

“But today, it so happened that the general public became aware of this sacred event in my personal life. And now a huge number of publications are involved in speculation and gossip. In order not to produce any more of it, I want to officially confirm that I am really happy to be a dad of 2.5 years and be raising a son. BUT I ask all to respect my family’s personal space — and me and my son — to preserve our right to a private life. Thank you for your understanding!”

Within two hours of going live, the comment recorded more than 17,000 likes, showing just how much Sergey’s fans respect his decision to protect his son’s privacy, and his thoughtful and considered response on Instagram.

Sergey has had a busy year filled with triumphs, including winning the televote at Eurovision 2016, performing a sold-out tour that took him from Moscow to Siberia, being named Glamour Russia’s Man of the Year, becoming one of Google’s most-searched for personalities and making the wiwibloggs’ list for the best non-Eurovision singles from ESC artists during 2016 for “Idealniy Mir”.

Combining electro elements with pure pop and the tiniest splash of tropical beats, the single is easily Sergey’s most current sounding song for a long time. And it’s a real earworm too. It might be sung in Russian, but the “idealniy mir…” refrain is infectious in any language.

With Brexit, Trump and who knows what else looming large, the song is particularly timely. The “You Are The Only One” hitmaker sings of a utopia where men and women are both strong and gentle. His world is “imperfectly perfect”, but difference and risk-taking are encouraged as ultimately all is forgiven.

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