Adoption number two...Madonna with Mercy James whom she adopted in 2009


MADONNA, (58) the US pop star, has been granted permission to adopt four year old twin girls, Stella and Esther, from the Mchinji orphanage, in Malawi.

The order was granted by High court judge, Justice Fiona Mwale on Tuesday.

Reports said Madonna who is already bringing up two adopted children from Malawi, David and Mercy, along with her own biological son and daughter, attended the court hearing in person.

Sources in Malawi said the mother of the twins died a week after giving birth to them in August 2012 from caesarian section complication. The twins’s father was also in court to observe proceedings.

Malawi Judiciary spokesman Mlenga Mvula said Madonna was now free to take the twins with her to the US.

Madonna had previously denied that she was planning to adopt more children in Malawi after the controversy surrounding the adoption process of Mercy.

In a recent interview with US magazine, People, Madonna claimed she was in Malawi to “check on the children’s hospital in Blantyre and my other work with Raising Malawi.”

Commenting on the adoption, Madonna’s lawyer, Titus Mvalo, said: “Madonna has demonstrated over the years that she has passion for Malawi and her children and therefore the court was satisfied and could not stop the adoption of the twins.”

Madonna adopted David Banda and Mercy James in 2006 and 2009.

However, Mercy’s adoption has been fraught with difficulties in recent years, with members of the girl’s family alleging they had been “deceived” in the adoption process and were having to plead with Madonna to see Mercy, during visits to Malawi.