Update: Madonna’s publicist, Liz Rosenberg, says reports that Madonna wants to adopt a girl named Mercy from Malawi are false, “There is no truth to this rumor. It’s an old one – wasn’t true then or now. Madonna is starting her tour in a week.” Liz did not say Madonna will never adopt again. Perhaps this is something that will happen after her tour?
Madonna is set to adopt a girl, it has been confirmed. The singer has almost finalized the adoption proceedings to adopt 3-year-old Mercy James from Malawi now that her marriage to Guy Ritchie is stronger. Malawian officials say she is “on the cusp” of completing the process. Penstone Klembe, Malawi adoption minister, confirmed this news,
“Madonna’s representatives have been visiting the girl. The adoption is now advanced – all the government is waiting for is Madonna to forward the petition of adoption formalities. Then Mercy will be able to leave the country for a new life.”
According to friends, Madonna, 49, and Guy, 39 renewed their bid to adopt Mercy after working to save their marriage following rumors the singer was having an affair with Alex Rodriguez,
“The adoption process in Malawi is so long and stressful that all the legal wrangling put a huge strain on their marriage,” a source said. “They dropped proceedings to pour all their energies into each other. But Madonna now feels they are stable enough to press ahead with the adoption again.”
However, Mercy’s family are reportedly opposed to the adoption. Her grandmother, Lucy Chekechiwa, 60, stated that she is “firmly against” Mercy being adopted outside of her home country,
“We know that it is Mercy who Madonna really wants. We heard it is because my granddaughter is such a beautiful, happy child. Twice I have told the adoption people that I do not want Mercy to go outside the country. But they keep on at us. Now they say that Mercy will be leaving us, but can return at age 18. Yet I might not be alive then.”
The couple originally bid to adopt Mercy last year, but it was dropped after the girl’s uncle, John Nglanade blocked the application.
Photo: AP, May 28