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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?”
Click here to read the rest of the interview.
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
Name: Olive Cohen
Birthday: 17 October 2007
Parents: Isla Fisher & Sacha Baron Cohen
• Olive accompanied her mum on the set of her film Confessions of a Shopaholic
Isla doesn’t like to talk about her daughter, but here’s a quote from her,
“Motherhood is my favorite topic in my personal life, but I never talk about it publicly only because I don’t want to draw any attention to her. I want to protect her.”
Being a new mum: “Yes, I was knackered! So many people, especially in the public eye, look like their lives are perfect. No one’s life is perfect. Everyone’s got things that go on and to say that I’m exhausted because I’m feeding a baby five times through the night, you know, it’s absolutely okay! Nobody says it enough because they think it looks like they can’t cope.”
Changing her mind and wanting more kids: “I’ve completely changed my mind. He’s (partner Graham Quinn) going for a football team and I’m going for an orchestra. I want billions of babies!”
Fitting in motherhood with work: “Well, Ava is always with me – I’ve made sure of that. I’ve also created a job where I can bring my baby to work so I know I’m very fortunate in that respect. It all centres around my baby. But I think you just find your own way, you find your own way of managing – every family does that. I mean in fairness, I only have one. I really don’t know how these mothers do it with four or five kids. How on earth do they do it?! They just crack on, don’t they?!”
Having another child next year: “I’d say that would be very nice. I’ve been blessed with one child, you never know what happens.”
Mums buying lots of clothes for their babies: “Well, we love to extend our own wardrobes with shoes and handbags, and then suddenly another little one comes along and we can do it all over again. It’s great!”
Buying Ava lots of clothes: “I’ve been absolutely shocking. I get real pleasure from putting her little shoes next to my big shoes.”
Ava being cute and letting her be a child model: “Thank you, but I’ve decided that when she’s old enough, 16 or 18, she can decide if she wants to be involved in the world of showbiz. Until then, she can’t decide, so I’m keeping her out of it.”
Spending more money on Ava’s clothes than her own: “Yes, I would say I do actually. Only because, in fairness, the job that I do, a lot of the clothes I just use – I borrow and give back – because they only get, like, one trial if you like. But I could happily go shopping for her all day.”
Deciding what she’s going to wear: “Sometimes I lie in bed and plan it at night! I think, ooh that would be cute, I’ll put that on her tomorrow. You know, they’re the most precious things in our lives and you’d give them anything. That’s not to say I want her to be spoilt because I certainly don’t. But at the moment she doesn’t know so I’m just giving her lots of clothes. I know she’s going to get to three and decide she knows exactly what she wants to put on and it’s going to be pink welly boots, with a green jacket and a blue hat!”
Source: OK! Magazine, Pg 73-81, Issue 644, 14 October 2008
Isla Fisher takes daughter Olive Cohen out on her 1st birthday in Beverly Hills, CA on Friday. The birthday girl held onto her dolly and along with her mom was all smiles.
Dad Sacha Baron Cohen is on the road working on his newest film, Bruno.
After a long flight form London Kate Hudson and her 4-year-old son Ryder arrive at LAX on Friday. Hudson, 29, held onto Ryder’s hand as they walked through the terminal — before scooping him up to get quickly past the shutterbugs.
Dad is rocker Chris Robinson.
On his kids seeing his films,
“It’s certainly in my thoughts. Thinking about older stuff I’ve done, I’m like: ‘Oh my God, what did I do?’ But these days I think I’m more mature with my decisions. I’ll be very proud for them to see Burn After Reading, but only when they’re old enough to really understand it.”
Read what Brad has to say about working with Angelina again
Working with Angelina again,
“Oh, we’re working together on something every day. That I guarantee you.”
Travelling a lot with the children,
“Being a parent is the one thing that really keeps you up at night. Ange and I have to be smart and prepared, and we are more responsible when it comes to the areas we decide to visit. There won’t always be the luxurious health care or opportunities for assistance we’re used to. It makes you realise just how lucky we are.”
Source: British OK! Magazine, Pg 43-49, Oct 14 2008, Issue 644