Madonna, who adopted her son David Banda from Malawi in 2006, might be welcoming another child from the African country to her brood. The pop star hinted that she might adopt again in a recent interview with Nation, Malawi’s national newspaper.
The singer said a second Malawi adoption is “something I have been considering, but would only do if I had the support of the Malawian people and the Government.” Madonna’s adoption of David set off a firestorm of controversy that took two years to resolve. (Because Malawi had previously banned all foreign adoptions, many citizens and officials claimed the superstar acted above the law, and argued that David should be raised in his home country.)
Madonna referred to the experience as “painful,” but trailblazing. “This adoption was essentially was the beginning of the creation of adoption laws in Malawi,” she said. “I am the template or the role model, so to speak, for future adoptions.”
What’s motivating 50-year-old Madge to welcome another child to her family? She told Nation that many of her friends think it might be good for her son to have a sibling from his home country and that keeping David in touch with his roots is a priority for her. “He has a big map of Africa in his room,” she said, “with lots of arrows pointing to Malawi.”
Readers even asked some tough, personal questions about how Madonna’s divorce from director Guy Ritchie might impact the kids. “Everything between us is very amicable,” the singer responded. “We both agree that our children should always feel a deep connection with both their parents…It is our responsibility to give them that foundation.”