Madonna Adopts A Young Boy From Malawi

UPDATE: Madonna’s publicist is denying that Madonna adopted a boy in Malawi. The article referencing this can be found here.

Many thanks to Ms. D for the wonderful news! Madonna, 46, has expanded her family! Here Madonna is pictured with 9-year-old Lourdes (Lola) and 5-year-old Rocco at their English country estate.


Pop diva Madonna adopted a young boy in Malawi on Wednesday and moved ahead with plans to fund a center for 1,000 orphans, many of whom lost parents to AIDS in the impoverished African nation.

The “Material Girl” and an entourage arrived in the Malawian capital Lilongwe by private plane early on Wednesday and were quickly whisked away to an undisclosed location in a fleet of cars and trucks.

Government officials said the 48-year-old singer, already a mother of two, chose the one-year-old orphan from among 12 children specially chosen prior to her arrival in the country, which has legions of children orphaned by the AIDS epidemic.

“She asked us to identify boys only, which we have done after visiting four orphanages in Lilongwe,” government spokeswoman Adrina Michiela said. Michiela said Madonna had wanted to adopt a girl but changed her mind two weeks ago.

It was unclear whether Madonna, for whom Malawi waived its ban on non-resident adoptions, would leave the country with her adopted baby or whether they would be reunited at a later date.

The trip has stoked high expectations in Malawi, a nation of 13 million people who are dependent on tobacco exports.

Madonna has said she plans to spend at least $3 million on programs to support orphans in Malawi and another $1 million to fund a documentary about the plight of children in the country.

She traveled to Mphandula, a village 20 km (12.5 miles) outside Lilongwe, where she is funding the construction of the Raising Malawi center to feed and educate around 1,000 orphans.

Residents in Mphandula, which has no electricity, were earlier busy rehearsing songs and preparing for her arrival.

Critics have described the project as a publicity stunt that follows in the footsteps of other celebrities, including actress Angelina Jolie, who have taken up causes on the world’s poorest continent.

As part of their studies, orphans at the center will be taught a curriculum based on Spirituality for Kids linked to the Kabbalah school of mysticism to which Madonna adheres.

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  1. dori says

    I don’t think Madonna is trashy she a very smart woman who has always stirred up controversy and kept herself in the limelight.
    It’s always been her stly to push the envelope.
    This woman has re-invented herself many times. Thats talent! What other recording artist has been so famous for so long?

  2. Robin says

    Lola is a mini-Madonna! she looks just like her Mom when she was at her “peak” ! what a beauiful little girl…she WILL be trouble when she is in her teens (if she isnt already)

  3. Holz says

    i agree with a lot of what you guys r saying. madonna is probably a nice woman but she has done a few things that are a tad “trashy”. I’m not to sure what she has done as i’m only 15 and havent seen that much of her old stuff, soz!
    but i really admire angelina jolie because i know quite a few people who have now adopted children because of the influence of her. i don’t agree that childless people shud hav a lesser priority becuase they r not celebs, that is wrong, but I know that i definetly wan to follow in angie’s footsteps and adopt and hav my own children as well when i am older. i have always felt this way but i think that after she did this, it has become a bigger thing, and it is saving lots of children around the world. i dont think that it matters who is adopting them, as long as they r going to safe and loving families who genuinly care about them, and r not doing it as a “fashion trend” then it is a great thing to adopt from anywhere in the world
    do u guys agree?
    (plz dont be too mean to me if u disagree, i’m only 15!)

  4. Lolitha says

    I just wish ppl would be genuiene about this adoption thing especiall celebrities and not just do it to Hog publicity.Worse its because always ppl choose to highlight the negatives of Africa including poverty etc,that these celebrities think its all that there is.everytime a cleb comes here(Im South African) they always wax lyrical about helping the improverished ppl sometimes i just think of it as plain publicity stunts.

  5. Diana says

    Susan – how can you admire some one like Madonna. She is weird, warped and the last straw for me was when she posed as Christ girating on a crucifix at her latest stage show. That was plain terrible and disrespectful, however her judgement will come. I only admire one person and that is Christ. He is above all and certainly above Madonna who because of her fame things she can jump on the celebrity bandwagon and adopt a child just because it is the right and cool thing to do. Sorry I have to disagree with you Susan.

  6. Susan says

    I have always admired Madonna and Angolina. If they choose to adopt a child or children that is their business. I don’t care where the cihid is from. They will be raised well. I don’t think madonna is trying to hide her past. She is just trying to protect her children. I don’t think it’s healthy to do that bucause you are who you are and you canot change the past only the future. The more power to Madonna and Agolina. One thing I don’t like is that Angolina chooses men too often. She should stick with one man and stop running to a new man every time she does a movie. How much better can you get than Brad Pitt. I hould have such problems.

  7. carleigh says

    I don’t know the story of Laura Dern and Ben Harper and the events surrounding them getting together. But if she did interfere w/ a married couple then Laura Dern got what she deserved.

  8. babyhates says

    Okay this was about Madonna not AJ right ? Yes rotten inside to give a 1/3 of her paycheck to charity, 30 % of her time and be a outspoken person, you know what when you given a 1/3 of your paycheck to charity and not have a problem with it then you can complain. Get over it at least she not out there wanting everyone to feel sorry for her like some celebs !

  9. Nicki says

    I think this part is a little scary, I agree with you Bethany:

    As part of their studies, orphans at the center will be taught a curriculum based on Spirituality for Kids linked to the Kabbalah school of mysticism to which Madonna adheres.

    So it is not just to help the children, but maybe start them young and recruit them for the Kabbalah reglion? Why not just let them learn the academics of basic school? (What next Tom C and his Scientoligists will be doing the same, please no!)

    #11-so Laura Dern must have still been “stunned” when she hooked up with a very married Ben Harper, a father of 2. He left his wife for her, that didn’t seem to bother her.

  10. says

    As far as foreigh adoption versus international adoption some people feel very strongly about this issue. I happen to be one of those people who wishes that it would become more chiq to adopt and older child from this country then maybe more stars would do that. So many young lives are in termoil here because they are not babies, but they are every bit as deserving of a loving home as a child from a poor third world country. It is a bit political, but people would like to see America start fixing some of it’s issues instead of highlight the efforts that go on to save other countries.

    Now Madonna has done things Europe in the form of schools and such, Anglina is a Good Will Ambassador so perhaps she feels compelled to use her celebrity to that country ( im forgetting which one it is)

    As much as people want to defend foreign adoption, don’t be offended that people feel just as strongly about domestic adoption, feel proud, that as American someone feels that they need to look out for those children as well.

  11. carleigh says

    Courtney # 11 is talking about when Billy Bob was living with Laura Dern. He and Angelina met on the set of a movie called Pushing Tin. Supposedly they (BB and AJ) flew to Vegas and got married secretly. Then there was a press report of them getting married and Laura Dern was taken by surprise because she and BB were supposed to be together at the time and he ran of and married AJ. I think her direct quote was something to the effect that she kissed him goodbye on a Friday and finds out from the press that he was married by the following Monday. She was shocked!

  12. Bethany says

    It’s nice how these stars can go to another country, make deals where they’ll donate millions of dollars to some charity, and then pick up a kid as some souvenir of the trip. Seems like Madonna is just hopping on the bandwagon. At least Angelina and Brad seem to have the children in their best interest, while Madonna just seems to want publicity. And the whole Kabbalah thing creeps me out….why not pay for a school where children can learn and eat and receive medical treatment. Do you have to force Kabbalah at them, too?!

  13. babyhates says

    eBirdie I agree with you so much on this about American babies and babies from other countries. I can tell you that the main reason a lot of people not just celebs adopt from other countries is because here is can take months if not years of legal fees for “good” people to adopt a baby, mean while in other counties all you have to do is have money and you can pick whatever child you want. Some countries now are wise up and making the parents visit like a certain about of times. Also people need to see that in Our wonderful country children are taken care of by our governement and yes it might not be great but they have a roof over there heads and food in there bellies, in many counries churches are the ones trying to take care of these babies. Well I’ve said enough. Wasn’t this story fake ?

  14. minkysmom says

    even if billy bob wasn’t married, he was still in a commited relationship with someone else, and laura dern was completely surprised that he left her.

  15. eBirdie says

    I still don’t understand this attitude (comment #7) that always retorts when there is a story about international adoption, “there are plenty of american kids that need a family too!” Yes, there are. Yes, they should absolutely be given homes in a family that will love them forever as they should be loved. But the same goes for kids all across the world who need homes. Adoption is a wonderful thing whether the adoption is domestic or international. Either way a child is being brought into a family who wants them. Being American doesn’t make a child more worthy. For that matter, being African or Asian or Russian doesn’t make a child more worthy. But no matter where they come from a child is *never* less worthy. Let’s celebrate all kinds of adoption.

  16. courtney says

    now not necessarily do i find madonna to be a good role model but i think it is a good thing that all the celebrities are adopting because theres so many homeless children out there!!!

  17. Lisa says

    BillyBob was not married when he met Angelina, get your facts straight

    and also i think Maddox and Zahara have a great life, as all the babes who get rescued by celebrities

  18. Pika says

    Madonna’s hopping on a trend as usual. Child as accessory. Foreign child = more chic. Sheesh. There are plenty of older american kids that need a family.

  19. minkysmom says

    angelina isn’t an angel either, wearing vials of blood. questioned sexuality, stealing peoples husbands?(billy bob and brad!!!!) that’s not exactly model behavior either.

  20. Ms D says

    You know I’m embarrassed now! :-/

    Here I sent a story I read on CNN and sent the ‘scoop’ to the webmistress (my first time, too..) and it looks like it was a dud story..sorry! I really thought it was a reliable source.. 🙁

    But I do agree it’s kind of sad that a celebrity can basically snap their fingers and get a baby when as I understand it, it CAN take years to get a baby for the average person. Now I don’t know if it differs if you want a baby from your own country or if you just want A BABY.

    But in any case, it is sad that if a normal everyday couple wants to adopt a child it can take so long, but if your name is Angelina Jolie, Calista Flockhart, or Sharon Stone, etc. you can just GET a baby.

    I do think it’s admirable for anyone to adopt an ‘unwanted baby’ (or just one living in a bad situation)’s just too bad that not everyone can afford, or be given the opportunity, to do it. 🙁

  21. TJ's mom says

    Some friends of mine have been trying to adopt a child for years! They are good people without alot of money! This just proves that money talks! How sad that they would rather place a child with a rich skank than “poor” good people! Madonna is no Angelina Jolie! I hope she don’t think that this will change her skanky image!

  22. carleigh says

    Madonna is NOT a good role model for kids any kids to be exact. She is skanky and made a name for herself because she used to be so provocative and risque. Her stage acts bored the boundries of sleazy, controversial and oft times illegal. I think it’s great she’s trying to help out other people in third world countries and it’s good she’s doing something charitable with her ill gotten gains but it still doesn’t detract from who she really is. She apparently won’t let her kids watch TV, eat junk food and is a very strict disiplanarian but I suppose there are reasons for that. After all she probably doesn’t want her own impressionable kids seeing her SEX book where she’s hitchiking on the road in bondage gear, she doesn’t want her past sexual exploits to impair or scar her kids and she’s probably embarassed that they might hear how she really is. If your that scared of your own kids finding out about your past that should maybe tell you something!

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