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Madonna Denies Report She’s Adopting 2 More Children From Malawi

by Jackie Willis 9:48 AM PST, January 25, 2017
Playing Madonna Denies Report She’s Adopting 2 More Children From Malawi

Madonna is shooting down a report that she filed to adopt two more children from Malawi.

"I am in Malawi to check on the children’s hospital in Blantyre and my other work with Raising Malawi and then heading home,” the 58-year-old singer said in a statement to ET. “The rumors of an adoption process are untrue.”

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On Wednesday, a government spokesman in Malawi had told the Associated Press that Madonna appeared before the High Court to file for adoption, and would have to wait about a week for the court to decide whether to grant the adoption order.

David Banda and Mercy James pose with mother Madonna at the 5th Annual Sean Penn and Friends HELP HAITI HOME Gala on Jan. 9, 2016, in Beverly Hills, California. Photo: Getty Images

In 2008, the pop star adopted David Banda with then husband, Guy Ritchie, from Malawi. A year later, she went back to the country and adopted Mercy James. Both children are now 11 years old.

Madonna also has two biological children, 20-year-old Lourdes Leon and 16-year-old Rocco Ritchie.

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Madonna's love for Malawi came long before she adopted David and Mercy. In 2006, she founded the charity Raising Malawi, which supports orphans and vulnerable children in the African country through health, education and community support.

UPDATE: This post has been updated to include a response from Madonna. The original story was published on Jan. 25, 2017 at 7:43 a.m. PT.

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