Papa Don’t Preach singer Madonna has denied claims from Government officials in Malawi that she is planning to adopt two more children.
The superstar, 58, already has two adopted children from Malawi, having adopted David Banda, now 11, in 2008 and ten year old Mercy James the following year. Today, there were reports from government officials in the country that she had appeared at court to make an application to adopt two more children from the country.
However, she has now said that was not the case at all. In a statement, the singer and actress said that she was actually in Malawi to check on progress at a children’s hospital in Blantyre, along with other work being carried out by her Raising Malawi charity. After that, she said, she would be going home, adding that speculation about an adoption process was false.
Her denial followed a statement from government officials that he had appeared before Justice Fiona Mwale and security staff, along with two children, before being driven away in an SUV. Local reports said that she had arrived in Malawi by private jet and was staying at the upmarket Kumbali Country Lodge.
She was seen entering court carrying a child, while a member of her entourage carried another child. However, despite her love of the country, her visits there have not always been without controversy.
She returned there last year after spending two years away from the country. Malawi’s former president Joyce Banda called Madonna uncouth and said she had demanded eternal gratitude for adopting two children from the country.
However, new president Peter Mutharika has moved to build bridges, saying his government was grateful for the passion Madonna had shown to Malawi. The singer founded the charity Raising Malawi in 2006 to help orphans and vulnerable children in the country.