(FILES) This file photo taken on November 30, 2014 shows US pop superstar Madonna sitting among Malawian children during a visit to the Mkoko Primary School, one of the schools Madonna’s Raising Malawi organization has built jointly with US organization BuildOn in the Kasungu District, Central Malawi. A court in Malawi on February 7, 2017 approved Madonna’s request to adopt two four-year-old twin girls, adding to the two other children that the US pop superstar adopted previously from the country. / AFP PHOTO / AMOS GUMULIRA
US superstar Madonna adopted two four-year-old twin girls from Malawi on Tuesday, a court official in Lilongwe told AFP, taking the number of children she has adopted from the country to four.
Just two weeks ago, the singer denied that she was involved in any adoption application in Malawi after news of her court case first emerged.
“I can confirm that Madonna has been granted an adoption order for two children,” judicial spokesman Mlenga Mvula told AFP, adding they were twins called Esther and Stella.
Madonna, who set up a charity called Raising Malawi in the southern African nation in 2006, adopted Malawian children David Banda in 2006 and Mercy James in 2009.
Her publicist was not immediately available for comment on Tuesday.
On January 24, local media reports said the singer appeared before Justice Fiona Mwale, accompanied by two unidentified children and several other people, before being driven away in an SUV vehicle.
Later that day Madonna told US magazine People in a statement that “the rumours of an adoption process are untrue.”
Madonna’s charity is funding a surgical unit for children at the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Blantyre, the commercial hub of Malawi.