Madonna has reportedly adopted four-year-old twin girls from Malawi.
Just weeks after denying the rumours of a pending adoption, the Like A Virgin singer has been granted permission by the Malawian high court to adopt Stella and Esther.
“I can confirm that Madonna has been granted an adoption order for two children,” a judicial spokesman Mlenga Mvula told AFP.
The young girls are being adopted from a Mchinji orphanage called Home of Hope.
The 58-year-old mum-of-four previously adopted son David Banda in 2006 and daughter Mercy James in 2009 from the southeast African country, which borders Zambia.
Madonna has two biological children 20-year-old Lourdes and 16-year-old Rocco who she shares with ex-husband Guy Richie.
According to the publication, Madonna and Stella and Esther’s birth father were present in the courtroom in the Malawian capital Lilongwe when the judge ruled in Madonna’s favour.
A government-appointed guardian will travel back to New York with Madonna and her newly adopted twin daughters to see how the Vogue hitmaker will look after them, before reporting back to the Malawian government.
Madonna’s lawyer in Malawi, Titus Mvalo told Reuters: “Madonna has demonstrated over the years that she has passion for Malawi and her children, and therefore the court was satisfied and could not stop the adoption of the twins.”
After appearing before a Malawaian Justice accompanied by two unidentified children on January 24, the iconic pop star dismissed reports that she was planning to expand her brood.
She told People magazine in a statement: “I am in Malawi to check on the children’s hospital in Blantyre and my other work with Raising Malawi and then heading home.
“The rumours of an adoption process are untrue.”
Despite Madonna always having had a soft spot for the African country and is funding a surgical unit for children at the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Blantyre, Malawi, her relationship with the country hasn’t always been smooth.
Former Malawian president Joyce Banda accused her of demanding unending gratitude for her adoptions, but Joyce's successor Peter Mutharika said in 2014: “My government has always been grateful for the passion Madonna has for this country.”