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Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Madonna adopts four-year-old twin girls from Malawi

Madonna has adopted two four-year-old twin girls from Malawi, two weeks after denying she was looking to expand her brood from four to six.
The iconic singer has been granted an adoption order for twins Esther and Stella by the Malawi High Court, judicial spokesman Mlenga Mvula said.
Madonna, who set up a charity called Raising Malawi in the southern African nation in 2006, adopted Malawian children David Banda in 2006 and Mercy James in 2009.

On January 24, the singer had appeared before Justice Fiona Mwale, accompanied by two unidentified children and several other people, before being driven away in an SUV vehicle.
Later that day Madonna told US magazine People in a statement that “the rumours of an adoption process are untrue.”
The Crazy For You singer’s charity is funding a surgical unit for children at the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Blantyre, the commercial hub of Malawi.

The 58-year-old star — who has previously been embroiled in controversy in Malawi — last visited the hospital in July, taking her two adopted Malawian children with her.
The performer was stripped of VIP status by former president Joyce Banda’s government in 2013 and accused of being “uncouth” and wanting eternal gratitude from the country for her adoptions.

But Banda was ousted in 2014 elections and the new president, Peter Mutharika, moved to repair relations, saying “my government has always been grateful for the passion Madonna has for this country”.
Last July, Madonna said she would not revive plans for a $US15 million ($24 million) academy for girls in Malawi, which was cancelled amid allegations of mismanagement — leading to her tiff with Banda.

The singer, who divorced film director Guy Ritchie in 2008, now has six children, including daughter Lourdes Leon, 20, and Rocco Ritchie, 16.
Last month, she made an unannounced appearance in Washington at a rally protesting against US President Donald Trump a day after his inauguration.
Madonna had campaigned for Hillary Clinton to become America’s first woman president, and told Billboard Magazine after the result that women had a “tribal inability” to accept a female president.

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