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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke March 10, 2022

No, this isn’t a video of Zelenskyy singing a Lionel Richie song

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  • This video shows the singers Alejandro Manzano of the band Boyce Avenue and Connie Talbot. 

A video of a couple singing "Endless Love," a 1981 song by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross, is spreading online with a surprising description: that it shows Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his wife. 

"Ukraine president Zelensky and wife singing Endless Love," one Facebook post says. 

"Ukrainian president and his beautiful wife during happier times," says another.

But the people in this video aren’t Zelenskyy, who was an entertainer before entering politics, or his wife, Olena Zelenska, the first lady of Ukraine. The couple has captured international attention as they have stood defiant and vocal in their resistance to Russia.

These music video posts, however, were flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)

We searched online for "Endless Love duet covers" and found the video was posted on YouTube two weeks ago by Boyce Avenue, a band from Florida known for their cover songs. 

The singer identified as Zelenskyy is actually lead vocalist Alejandro Manzano, and the woman identified as his wife is actually Connie Talbot.  

We rate claims that this video shows Zelenskyy and his wife False.

CORRECTIONThe spelling of Lionel Richie's name has been corrected in the headline and story.

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