When Madonna announced her divorce from husband Guy Ritchie, she no doubt wanted privacy and to be able to deal with things behind closed doors. But now she’s facing heat from a no doubt unexpected source – adopted son David Banda’s biologial father, Yohane. He has heard that the adoptive parents of his son are now divorcing, and he is not pleased with the development, even going so far as to say, when shown a picture of David in Athens,
“I am still a poor farmer with nothing to offer, but maybe he would be better off back with us. He doesn’t look happy in this picture. He looks bewildered. If there is no love in the family, is there any love for him?”
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Yohane has a new wife, Flora, and two kids: her 3-year-old daughter Tiyamike and their seven-month-old son Dingiswayo. When he gave David up for adoption at seven weeks, after his mother died in childbirth, he never could have imagined that a superstar would one day adopt him, but the fact that she did gave Yohane hope for a stable life for his son – something Yohane is worried he will not have now.
“This is a new and terrible thing to happen to him. I am too upset to think clearly. He is only three years old and he has been through so much. I have the joy of a new family and I even have a new son. But now when I think of David in danger of living outside a family life I find it unbearable, I find it hard to believe God intended this. This woman Madonna told me herself that David was beautiful and made her happy and she promised to take good care of him. Now I see him in a big bewildering crowd in the street with people pushing and shoving, and many cameras around, and without a mother and father to hold his hand. I’m feeling bad for him.”
Yohane also goes on to say that it was Madonna and Guy’s commitment to each other, their marriage and his son that convinced him to let them adopt David, but now he’s not sure it’s the best thing for David,
“When Madonna decided she wanted David, I was very undecided. I was face-to-face with Madonna and her husband for about 30 minutes. I knew nothing about them really. They just seemed a loving couple, committed to each other, committed to marriage and committed to my son. They promised to take good care of him and always remember he was from Malawi. That’s why I let them take him. Now I feel let down and disappointed, really shocked. It feels like yesterday that Madonna promised me a happy life and good education for him. I thought she would take him away from the danger of malaria and other diseases that kill children here, and that she would let me know that he was happy. I have never heard from her since the day I agreed to let her adopt David. She has sent no photographs or news. I suppose she just wants him for herself.”
Honestly, I was not expecting this. How odd that they went and asked him.
Photo: James Ambler/Splash News, 10/01