Madonna Successful In Adoption Of 4-Year Old Twin Girls From Malawi
Music icon Madonna has been successful in her latest adoption of twin girls from Malawi.
The 58-year old singer first heard about the 4-year old siblings when she was doing charity work in the East African country.
She reportedly felt ‘compelled’ to adopt them after learning about their troubled upbringing.
The twin girls were taken in as orphans when their mother died shortly after child birth. Their dad then left them to re-marry another woman and their grandmother couldn’t cope with looking after so many children at once.
The High Court in Lilongwe finalised the adoption for the US pop star, with judge Fiona Mwale saying Madonna could give them ‘a luxurious, spacious and comfortable abode in affluent neighbourhood’.
The ‘Papa Don’t Preach’ singer has previously adopted children from Malawi; her son David Banda, age 11, and daughter Mercy James, also 11-years old, were also orphans before Madonna welcomed them into her home.
She also has two biological children Lourdes Leon, 20, with her former fitness trainer boyfriend Carlos Leon, and Rocco Ritchie, aged 16, with second husband Guy Ritchie.
Activists in the African country were quick to criticise Madonna for wanting to adopt more children, accusing her of exploiting the poor country and disobeying the adoption process rules.
Madonna is legally over the age considered suitable for parenting, but a medical report proved she was in perfect health to adopt the vulnerable girls.
The judge ruled,
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 petitioner satisfied me that this adoption is motivated by her desire to offer a home, love, protection and guidance to the infants.
She would like to share what she has with those who are less privileged.
Despite facing hard questions along the way, the adoption has finally been approved by the court.
She has agreed to keep the twins’ birth names to preserve their Malawian identity.