Madonna is adopting twin girls from Malawi, and we love everything about this
It’s been confirmed by officials that Madonna has adopted twin girls from Malawi, and we’re so happy for her and her family!
Last month (January 25th) it was reported that Madonna had flown to the African country of Malawi to where she had intended to petition the Malawian government to allow her to adopt. The singer has adopted two children from Malawi already, 11-year-olds David Banda and Mercy James, and in 2006 launched her charity Raising Malawi, which aims to help “orphans and vulnerable children in Malawi through health, education and community support.”
Despite reports, however, Madonna dismissed claims that she was in the country to adopt. Instead, she said, “I am in Malawi to check on the children’s hospital in Blantyre and my other work with Raising Malawi and then heading home,” adding that the “rumors of an adoption process are untrue.”
However, yesterday we reported that Madonna had indeed applied to adopt two more children.
And now it seems that Madonna’s petition has been accepted! According to a report in The Guardian, officials in Malawi have confirmed that the singer was given permission by the Malawian high court to adopt twin girls, four-year-old Stella and Esther.
"I can confirm that Madonna has been granted an adoption order for two children," said Mlenga Mvula, a judicial spokesman.
As per the report, the twins are being adopted by the Home of Hope orphanage in Mchinj, which is near the western boarder and Zambia.
The laws in Malawi regarding adoption are confusing, as they prevent non-residents from adopting children and taking them abroad. This, has lead some to criticize the Malawian government for giving Madonna preferential treatment. Despite this, and with the twins’ father present, a judge ruled that the singer could adopt the two children depending on whether she could prove she had a suitable home.
A lawyer for the singer in Malawi told Reuters that “Madonna has demonstrated over the years that she has passion for Malawi and her children, and therefore the court was satisfied and could not stop the adoption of the twins.”
Twins Esther and Stella will join David Banda, Mercy West, Rocco, and Lourdes in Madonna’s ever growing modern family. We wish them all the happiness in the world.