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Guy Ritchie: “I Fully Supported Madonna In Her Decision to Apply For This Adoption”

Apr. 3 2009, Updated 10:30 a.m. ET

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It seems their marital woes are water under the bridge. Madonna’s ex husband Guy Ritchie came to her defense the day her bid to adopt her second child from Malawi was denied.

“Madonna is a fantastic and loving mother who cares deeply about her own children, and children who may need additional help and support,” the director said in a statement. “I fully supported Madonna in her decision to apply for this adoption, and I am saddened that her application has been rejected.  She is motivated only by being a caring parent who seeks to share some of the advantages and opportunities that her life has given her. This time it did not work out, but there will be other opportunities and I wish her well in them. She is a great mum.”

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Madonna has been in the African country for the past week attempting to adopt 4-year old Chifundo “Mercy” James.

Click here for snapshots from her trip

"I must have to decline to grant the application to Madonna," judge Esmie Chondo said in her ruling following a private Friday hearing. "By removing the very safeguard that is supposed to protect our children, the courts by their pronouncements could actually facilitate trafficking of children by some unscrupulous individuals ... it is evident that Chifundo James no longer is subject to the conditions of poverty at her place of birth."

The singer quickly filed an appeal to the ruling.

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