Name: David Banda Mwale Ciccone Ritchie
Date of Birth: September 24, 2005
Parents: Madonna Ciccone & Guy Ritchie
Siblings: Lourdes, 16, Rocco, 13, Mercy, 7, Raphael, 2, and a baby sister, nearly 1!
♥ Madonna began the process to adopt David from Malawi on October 10, 2006
♥ The adoption was finalized on May 28, 2008
♥ Madonna has taken David back to Malawi where they paid an emotional visit to her son’s former orphanage
♥ David’s younger sister Mercy is also from Malawi
♥ His god father is Rupert Everett
“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 David from Malawi.
“I’m not going to lie – it’s hard work having four kids and doing all the work I do. Everybody has something to say about the way I live my life. At the end of the day I’m doing my best. If people don’t like it, then that’s really their problem. Sometimes I cope with it very well, sometimes it’s a struggle. It’s a challenge juggling everything – multi-tasking is my middle name.” – mama Madonna on being a mother of four.
“My children are my first priority and because they are older I can’t take them with me on the road everywhere. I really feel I would be an irresponsible parent if I didn’t stop my tour and spent time with them.” Madonna on choosing her children over her tour.