Monday 23 April 2018

Madonna applies to adopt two more children from 'second home' Malawi

Madonna sitting among Malawian children during a visit to the Mkoko Primary School in 2014. Photo: Getty
Madonna sitting among Malawian children during a visit to the Mkoko Primary School in 2014. Photo: Getty

Anita Singh London

Madonna is applying to adopt two more children from Malawi, it has been confirmed.

The singer appeared in court in the country's capital Lilongwe yesterday after filing her application and must wait a week to see if the court will grant an adoption order.

Madonna, who flew into the country fresh from the Women's March in Washington, already has two children from the African country - David, adopted from an orphanage in 2006, and Mercy, adopted in 2009. Both are aged 11.

Her other children are Lourdes (20), from a relationship with Carlos Leon, and Rocco (16), by her former husband Guy Ritchie.

Lilongwe High Court officials said Madonna appeared before Justice Fiona Mwale. According to local reports, Madonna was spotted after the hearing carrying one child, while one of her entourage carried another.

Last year, the singer (58) was involved in a bitter custody battle with Ritchie, who she divorced in 2008.

She had wanted Rocco to live with her in the US and began legal proceedings. But a settlement was reached and it was agreed the teenager would continue to live with his father in London.

Madonna hit the headlines at the weekend when she addressed crowds at the Women's March and said she had "thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House".

She later clarified her comments, saying: "I spoke in metaphor."

Madonna has made frequent trips to Malawi, where she has set up a charity for orphaned and vulnerable children, and refers to the country as her "second home".

In 2014, she took David to see his natural father, Yohane Banda, a peasant farmer who gave him up for adoption as a baby. Her adoption of Mercy was more problematic. It was initially rejected, but that decision was overturned by the country's highest court. (© Daily Telegraph London)

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