ENTERTAINMENT

Move Aside Beyoncé, Madonna Is Adopting Twins From Malawi

Singer denied procedure vehemently two weeks ago

07/02/2017 19:29 SAST | Updated 07/02/2017 20:48 SAST
Neil Hall/Reuters
Singer Madonna has adopted two more children from Malawi: 4-year-old twin girls.

Malawi's High Court on Tuesday granted Madonna permission to adopt twins from the country, a judiciary spokesman said.

The US singer has previously adopted two children from Malawi, stirring anger among some Malawians who accused the government of allowing her to skirt laws that ban non-residents from adopting.

Madonna was inside the courtroom when the approval ruling was delivered, judiciary spokesman Mlenga Mvula said. Representatives for Madonna could not be reached for comment.

"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," said Titus Mvalo, a lawyer for Madonna in Malawi.

Mvula said that one of the conditions of the adoption was that Madonna should provide a report showing that the home in which they lived was suitable.

He could not provide details on the children she will be adopting, saying it was against the law to divulge such particulars at this stage.

Madonna (58) adopted Malawian children David Banda and Mercy James in 2006 and 2009. She has two other children, Lourdes and Rocco, from previous relationships.

Madonna denied reports that she wanted to adopt again after she visited Malawi last month, at the time saying her trip was for her charity work.

She established the non-profit Raising Malawi in 2006 to provide health and education programs, particularly for girls. The organisation is currently building a children's unit at a hospital in Blantyre, Malawi's second-largest city, and has built 10 schools, according to its website. – Reuters