Name: David Banda Mwale Ciccone Ritchie
Date of Birth: September 25, 2005
Parents: Madonna Ciccone & Guy Ritchie
Siblings: Lourdes Maria (10/14/96), Rocco (08/11/00) & Mercy James (01/22/06)
- Maddonna began the process to adopt David from Malawi on October 10, 2006
- The adoption was finalized on May 28, 2008
- Last year, Madonna took David back to Malawi where they paid an emotional visit to her son’s former orphanage
“You can [have it all] but what you can’t then expect is a good night’s sleep. I have all three; love, children and work. Lucky me. I can’t imagine not having children. I can’t imagine not being in love and I can’t imagine not being creative and doing the work I do.” – Madonna, on having it all.
“There is just a lot of bureaucracy and administration and papers that have to be gone through. [David's] adoption was the beginning of the creation of adoption law in Malawi. I’m the template, a role model for the future…I went to Malawi thinking I was going to save children’s lives and make a big difference in their lives, and hopefully I have. The surprise to me was how much they changed me.” – Madonna, on adopting her son from Malawi.