After initially denying that she was recently in Malawi to adopt twin girls, government officials now tell The Guardian Madonna did in fact adopt two daughters.
While she denied she was visiting the country to adopt, on Tuesday, Madge was given permission by the Malawian high court to officially adopt four-year-old sisters Stella and Esther.
Mlenga Mvula, a judicial spokesman, said: “I can confirm that Madonna has been granted an adoption order for two children.”
Madonna’s ties to Malawi go back to 2006, when she adopted David Banda in 2006 and Mercy James in 2009. The twins were adopted from the Home of Hope orphanage in Mchinji, near Zambia, where David Banda once lived.
Once again, Madonna is facing backlash after she was accused of getting special treatment which allows her to adopt children and take them abroad. he just has to prove she will provide them a suitable home. A government-appointed guardian will travel with Madonna and the girls to determine if she will be able to look after them. He will then report back to the court.
Titus Mvalo, a lawyer for Madonna in Malawi, told Reuters: “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.”
Madonna originally claimed in January that her recent visit was for charity work and denied she was expanding her family.
Esther and Stella will join David, Mercy, Rocco, her son from her marriage to Guy Ritchie, and Lourdes, from her relationship with Carlos Leon.
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