At the end of 2016 the world learned that Sergey Lazarev was the proud father of a little boy named Nikita. Now, as we enter the home stretch of 2019, the Russian icon has revealed that Nikita has a one-year-old sister named Anya.

The revelation came during a two-part edition of “The Secret to a Million”, a popular and provocative chat show hosted by Lera Kudryavtseva. As the name suggests, celebrities confront rumours and reveal sometimes earth-shattering secrets.

Writing on Instagram on Sunday, Sergey teased the programme as one of the most candid of his entire life. His honesty and openness stems partly from the fact he was in a four-year relationship with host Lera starting in 2008.

He wrote:

“This is perhaps the hardest and most emotional interview of my life. And the most frank … maybe even too much … probably because Lera was sitting opposite me — a person close to me and sometimes there was a feeling that no one heard us and we talked together, and I was only sharing with her.”

“I know one thing: I’m unlikely to want to revisit many of the topics that I touched on in this program. I put all the dots on the ‘i’s. Look carefully and listen. I have nothing to add.”

Following the interview, Sergey shared a family photo on Insta. The caption of this second post made it clear just how much lighter he felt without the burden of carrying a secret.

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“My suns! My unconditional love!” he wrote. “Now I can boldly and loudly shout to the whole world — Nikitushka, Anyutka, I love you very much!!! My kids!”

“P.S. I want to say a big thank you to everyone who listened to me today in ‘The Secret to a Million’ program, to everyone who lived with me everything that I talked about, to everyone who empathized with my family’s tragedies, and rejoiced in my family’s joys.

“Thank you for the people who are able to enjoy someone else’s happiness, many times more than negatively… Special thanks to Lera Kudryavtseva, and to the entire team of ‘The Secret for a Million’ program, which prepared this emotional program for release!”

“And to the ill-wishers…I want to say, Do not judge lest you be judged! Goodness and peace to all of you! I love you!!!”

The same biological mother

During the show, Sergey told Lera that he was able to hide his daughter from the public. But he understood that this could not last forever.

“Nikita is not my only child,” he said. “I always wanted a big family and always knew that I would have more children. I used to have one sun, but now I have two suns. Now I am even more enthusiastic and inspired. Almost no one knows this. Once again, I decided to do it secretly. I wanted everything to be calm. I want to enjoy life, enjoy family. I have two children. I have a daughter.”

As Vokrug reports, the children have the same biological mother, but were delivered via different surrogates.

“They have 100 percent affinity,” he said. “Anya is a copy of Nikita. She’s just like a twin.”

“[My] mom and I admire how Nikita is a good big brother. How he cares for her, how he teaches her….I thought that there would be jealously. Here I’ve behaved correctly. I never paid attention to only one child.”

Apparently Nikita accompanied Sergey to the hospital to pick up his baby sister.

Sergey Lazarev’s son Nikita

In December 2016, a Russian tabloid published photos of Sergey Lazarev and his son Nikita outside of a church.

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.

With the cat out of the bag, Sergey took 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.”

The forced revelation ultimately proved to be a beautiful thing, raising awareness about the joys of surrogacy and allowing Sergey to lead a more open life with his family.

Sergey has subsequently featured Nikita in the music video for his single “Tak Krasivo” (So Beautiful). But his love for his only son cuts even deeper.

In February 2017, Sergey Lazarev tattooed Nikita’s initial on the left side of his neck (just below his ear) The following year, the N Tour which spanned 170 dates all over Russia, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Lithuania and Georgia was a celebration of his son Nikita, and his legacy as an entertainer.

Are you as happy for Sergey as we are? Do you think that Anya is the cutest baby ever? Let us know in the comments section down below. 

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Ana
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Just like Assi Azar (the gay host of ESC 19) is expecting a baby from an unknown mother. Sergey is as gay as it can get. But in Russia if you claim you’re straight, you can wear a leather dress and high heels and nobody would suspect anything

Bart
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Bart

This only confirms that he is gay, but that is not such big of an issue. And he is not forced to tell that to everyone, if he doesn’t want to. (Although it would be very good for all the gays struggling in Russia) What is really interesting is to know how he got away, twice, with surrogacy in Russia, when it is only allowed for married heterosexual couples… Unless he has done it in the US (which he might have) I guess that Russian mafia-money talks a great deal… And that is unfair for all the other gay intended… Read more »

Toffeenix
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Toffeenix

Jumping to conclusions again, I see…
If he didn’t tell us about two children, it isn’t unlikely that he also didn’t tell us about a marriage. A lot of stars do it. Furthermore your claim that “this only confirms that he is gay” is backed up by nothing, and then you’re going on about mafia money? What???

Bart
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Bart

In the article it says that he used a the same egg donor and different surragate mothers. Unless he is married or partnered with a woman with fertility issues (which I doubt very much because the couple could have kept this a secret) there is no reason why he would go through a surragacy journey alone if he could have become a father through biological means. Exactly like Ricky Martin. And yes, surrogacy in Russia is *only* allowed for heterosexual couples. Single men can not do it in Russia. So single intended parents have to pretend that they are in… Read more »

Bart
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Bart

Correction: In Russia a single man can become father through aurragacy. But he cannot reveal his sexual orientation nor be married to another men. Apparently in Ukraine it is forbidden for single men. My argument still holds though.

Bart
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Bart

Anyway, what is the problem if he is gay?… Unless you are a homophobe, that shouldn’t really be a problem, should it?

Smb
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Smb

Sergei is gay. He was married to a guy and both children were born under his husband. A year ago, Sergei betrayed his husband and lives with his lover. His foarmer husband is forbidden to see children. Ugly story.

Toffeenix
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Toffeenix

press x to doubt

Viki
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Viki

Why does everyone think he’s gay? He has a common-law wife. They were married in the United States. That is why they have used surrogacy is understandable. They are both public people, their lives are constantly interfered with by different rumors, so they want peace of mind, besides the woman was married to another when their son and daughter were born, she has problems with conception and is undergoing treatment now, they do not want to be judged. That’s why Sergei is trying to protect her. Those who are dear to him, he hides to the last.

Toffeenix
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Toffeenix

I know that this is probably pretty late, but I don’t understand the flood of “Sergey needs to come out now” responses that this is getting, and the constant gay-speculation that I see everywhere around Sergey. One, we don’t know for certain that he’s gay, or straight, or whatever he is. That does not make it okay to just assume that he is gay and to parade him around as a gay person when we have no assurance whatsoever of his sexuality. Two, gay people around the world do not have to follow your whims and come out because you… Read more »

Jonas
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Jonas

Thank you for typing this so I don’t have to.

Euphoria
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Euphoria

Wow you wrote an essay

Peter
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Peter

It would surprise me if Sergey wasn’t gay. And there is nothing wrong with being gay. It is sad that Sergey has to go to such lengths to hide his sexuality . But in a homophobic country as Russia I can imagine he wants to protect his career. But it is still sad that it is necessary to stage such a theatre.

Lily
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Lily

I wouldn’t say Russia is a homophobic country, not anymore at least. For example, I study in Saint-petersburg State University, and our teacher often touches some gay-connected topics, and our reaction is totally fine. We have a confirmed gay-student there, and I haven’t heard of a single case of someone violating him. Lots of young people are very tolerant when it comes to one’s sexuality, and even on TV I haven’t heard anyone violating LGBT-community for a very long time. They just don’t touch this topic, but I wouldn’t consider it to be a bad thing. Love and peace to… Read more »

Jonas
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Jonas

One gay student? I can guarantee you there are many more than that, but the fact that you only have one “confirmed” says a lot.

vian ay.
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vian ay.

How many more do you think should be?

Kim
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Kim

I wonder how many straight fathers have put bows in their daughters hair like he has in the picture.

Jonas
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Jonas

Detective Inspector Kim is on the case, no need to worry.

An American ESC Fan
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An American ESC Fan

Aww, she (and her brother) is adorable! I bet he’s a great father and I wish him and his kids all the best <3

keith mawson
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keith mawson

He comes over as lovely is freindly, fun likes /loves his kids and his pets and family, Plus i like his work/personality. whats not to like. His kids will have an amazing life.

Peters
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Peters

Just like the artists from the homophobic countries in that they can’t show their true colors. I hope he can live happily at least.

Ron
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Ron

While I’m very happy for him and his children, I am also saddened by the fact that Sergey and many other artists like Sergey in Russia, have to walk a on a very thin ice to maintain their careers while being LGBT artists.

ESCFan2009
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ESCFan2009

Awww sweet <3

Fatima
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Fatima

“This is my private life, I do not want to make it public,” he said, before getting his son’s name tattoo’ed where everyone can see it.

Toffeenix
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Toffeenix

Props to him. He seems like a great dad.

Alex
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Alex

why surrogate and why is he hiding the mother of his children? this is so confusing. If he;s gay, why hide it and pretend you’re unveiling a secret? It will help the gay youth in Russia.

Dawid
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Dawid

Because it would ruin his career in Russia. I bet everyone knows he’s gay anyway, but they don’t want to hear it.

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

b-but russians told me they know filipp kirkorov is gay but they support him as an artist anyway ?

Crystal
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Anti-gay sentiment is still quite strong in Russia; there was a law passed in 2013 that criminalized the distribution of materials to minors in support of “non-traditional sexual relationships”. Vigilante abductions, torture, and execution is allowed and common (especially in Chechnya, where the legalization of homosexuality has been ignored, even though it’s been legal in Russia since the 1990s), and a patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church called same-sex marriage a “…very dangerous sign of the Apocalypse.” If Sergey came out as gay in Russia, it would essentially be career suicide for him. You can read a lot more on… Read more »

vian ay.
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vian ay.

“criminalized the distribution of materials to minors in support of “non-traditional sexual relationships”

Why would anyone want to promote anything to minors anyway? Is too much. Leave the children alone.

uwu vision
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uwu vision

No, that law literally means “Under 18’s aren’t allowed to know about the gay”. Any film/show with a same sex couple it rated 18+, Pride flags are not allowed to be displayed in public (I think). It’s like a section 28 that isn’t just limited to schools.

vian ay.
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vian ay.

So? Say what you want, but if LGBT doesn’t leave people under 18 alone, this will be the downfall of LGBT in any country. Even your country (whatever that is). People think what are not allowed to say.

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

girl make it make sense. gay characters are present in every western movie now and no one complains, including the children who watch it. it’s a way to show everyone being gay is fine and it helped the new generation become more progressive. even in iran where u get stoned for being gay many urban young ppl support the lgbt

vian ay.
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vian ay.

Progressive people will disappoint you more than anybody. Mark my words.

James
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James

For privacy reasons.

Trash KAN
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Trash KAN

There is no concept of helping the gay youth in countries like Russia if you are freely expressing your homosexuality to the public.

Amor Amankwah
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Amor Amankwah

I could be wrong but just because he used a surrogate does not mean he is gay. If a woman used a sperm donor to have children no one would be calling her a lesbian. No one would care. There is nothing wrong with being gay but don’t jump to conclusions unless you have all of the answers. All I have to say is congrats on the baby girl and his kids are cute!

FYROM
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FYROM

Is the mother his girlfriend ?

cmh787
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cmh787

some people are gay Denise

cmh787
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cmh787

for real tho, I don’t think the biological mother is his girlfriend. I just think he is doing his best to cover up anything that Russia would see as bad e.g. being LGBT