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Did Banda, Madonna See Eye to Eye?

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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MADOPTER Ciccone Madonna's known for reinvention, evolving constantly to keep up. But does she also reinvent history? Does her memory evolve as well? Below, one talking point and two different stories from her damage-controlling interviews about her controversial adoption of Malawian child David Banda and her interaction with Banda's father, Yohane:

"I sat in that room, I looked into that man's eyes ... I believe that the press is manipulating this information out of him. I believe at this point in time, he's been terrorized by the media. They have asked him things, repeatedly, and they have put words in his mouth. They have spun a story that is completely false,"—on Oprah, October 25, 2006.

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"He was looking down at the ground all the time and I felt so bad for him. I said, 'I feel for you and I want what's best for David. So if you want him, I don't want to take your son from you. I just want to save his life. I can't live in Malawi. I can't move my family here. He would have to come and live with me and I would raise him as a son. But there's another option. I can just give you money, and you can raise him.' And he said no."—, November 3, 2006.



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