Madonna Granted Permission to Adopt From Malawi, Despite Denying Initial Reports

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GETTY CONCERN Madonna is known for her charity work in Malawi

U.S. superstar Madonna adopted two 4-year-old twin girls from Malawi yesterday, said a court official in Lilongwe, adding to two other children she previously adopted from the country.

The Guardian said Madonna's new children are 4-year-olds Stella and Esther.

"Within a year she should provide us with a home survey report which the court has ordered her to provide", she added.

Madonna's trip to Malawi last year was the first time in almost two years that she visited the country. The two new children would also become siblings to Madonna's 20-year-old daughter with Carlos Leon, Lourdes, and her 16-year-old son with Guy Ritchie, Rocco.

Conversely, in a statement, Madonna said she was visiting the African nation for charity work and not personal reasons.

Malawian judiciary spokesperson Mlenga Mvula told Reuters the singer had been present at court in Lilongwe.

In an December interview with Billboard, Madonna spoke about her love for Malawi, saying: "I've been working in Malawi for over a decade".

Madonna's charity is funding a surgical unit for children at the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Blantyre, Malawi's commercial hub.

Last July, Madonna said she would not revive plans for a US$15 million academy for girls in Malawi, which was canceled amid allegations of mismanagement.

The Grammy victor is also tied to the country through the establishment of her non-profit Raising Malawi in 2006, which provides health and education programs for girls. "I adopted my two children that I'm so lucky to have living in my house right now".

Madonna's connection to Malawi goes back more than 10 years.

He signed consent papers in 2009, but his family now says they were tricked into believing they would stay in contact with Mercy and that she may even return.

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