It’s official. Congrats to Madonna, who confessed today on Instagram that she actually did adopt twin sisters from Malawi.
“I can officially confirm I have completed the process of adopting twin sisters from Malawi and am overjoyed that they are now part of our family. I am deeply grateful to all those in Malawi who helped make this possible, and I ask the media please to respect our privacy during this transitional time. Thank you also to my friends, family and my very large team for all your support and Love!”
She posted a picture of the girls, holding their hands, saying she is delighted to have them join her family.
She got permission for the adoptions by a court in Malawi on Tuesday, but faced some backlash similar to 2006, when she adopted David Banda and in 2009, when she adopted her daughter, Mercy.
Court papers reveal the four-year-olds are named Esther and Stella, and were discovered living in an orphanage by Madonna through her charity work in the country. Their mother has died after giving birth. Their father left for another woman, and their grandparents couldn’t take the girls in due to lack of finances.
While Madonna had originally denied the adoption was happening, Judge Fiona Mwale determined the 58-year-old singer was “above the age normally considered within the ranges of parenting,” but able to supply a loving home life for the twins in "a luxurious, spacious and comfortable abode in an affluent neighborhood" of the U.S.
“Her charity work brings her into contact with orphanages... and it was as a result of this contact that she felt compelled to fill a gap in their lives and open up her home to them,” the judge said.
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