Madonna just opened up a state-of-the-art children’s hospital in Malawi, the home country of her four adopted children; 11 year olds David and Mercy, and more recently, 5-year-old twins Estere and Stella. In a recent interview with People, Madonna vehemently denies that she’s the baby snatching celebrity she-devil she was made out to be in the wake of the controversy surrounding her adoption of David back in 2008.
Madonna’s adoption story has always been filled with some kind of drama, starting with David. Not long after she scooped him up, people (including David’s biological dad) accused Madonna of some child-snatching skulduggery. David’s bio dad and Madonna are allegedly fine now, but Madonna just couldn’t shake that whole “alleged kidnapper” thing at the time.
“Every newspaper said I kidnapped him,” Madonna says. “In my mind, I was thinking, ‘Wait a minute. I’m trying to save somebody’s life. Why are you all shitting on me right now?’ I did everything by the book. That was a real low point for me. I would cry myself to sleep.”
Meanwhile, Madonna was still on the prowl for other adorable Instagram-ready babies to take home, and so she also initiated adoption proceeding for Mercy. Mercy’s adoption also came with some bio parent baggage, as well as questions of Madonna’s relationship status. Madonna was recently divorced, and the Malawian authorities didn’t think she was “capable of raising a child” on her own. I don’t know why she didn’t just point out the miles of young studs she’s helped “raise” over the years, but I guess that’s not what they meant.
Madonna says they were being sexist, but maybe they just Googled “who is this rich lady snatchin up all the Malawi babies” and a picture of her rock-hard arms came up and they were like “yeah no, those aren’t cuddlin’ arms”.
But Malawian orphans are much like Pringles; once you pop, you just can’t stop. Madonna decided to grab a pair of twin girls the next time. Madonna did all the right things, and went through a more than vigorous vetting process, but the adoption was still surrounded by controversy.
“Because I’m a public figure, people don’t want to be perceived as giving me any kind of special treatment, so I get the hard road.”
In the end, Madonna says it’s all been worth it. She calls Malawi her second home and she and the kids spend time there doing good works with her charity Raising Malawi. Honestly, if Madonna decided that she was open to adopting 45 year-old American orphans, I’d be first in line. I would LOVE for Madonna to be my mom. I would agree to call her “Mombo” like her other kids do, and even try to do it with a straight face. All of her kids seem very happy and live lives you and I could never imagine. The only downside I see here is that these kids’ accents are going to be all over the damn place.