Madonna and son return to the orphanage where it all began


Back in 2006, Madonna adopted her son, David Banda, from Malawi. Now, they’ve returned to the orphanage where they first met.

The mother-son duo shared a sentimental moment when they returned to David’s home in southeast Africa on Thursday.

Taking a trip down memory lane, returning to the place where they first encountered each other, Madonna and her 12-year-old son hugged, documenting it in a photo captioned, ‘Crib where we met.’


Madonna met David and fell in love when she was working with the organization Raising Malawi.

The pop queen has adopted four children from Malawi – David in 2006, Mercy James in 2009, and twins Esther and Stella Mwale in 2017. 

The star admitted recently that she once ‘cried herself to sleep’ after reading headlines accusing her of ‘kidnapping’ David from Lilongwe orphanage, Home of Hope. Controversy surrounded the adoption at the time as David still had a biological father living.

‘In my mind, I was thinking, “Wait a minute. I’m trying to save somebody’s life. Why are you all s***ing on me right now?” I did everything by the book. That was a real low point for me,’ the 59-year-old Queen of Pop lamented to People on Wednesday.

Due to her divorce from second husband Guy Ritchie, Madge (born Ciccone) was initially deemed ‘not capable of raising a child’ and she successfully challenged Malawi’s Supreme Court.

‘The way I was treated – that sexist behaviour – was ridiculous,’ Madonna said.

‘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.’

Madonna has two older children: daughter Lourdes Leon, a 21-year old dancer/actress, and son Rocco Ritchie, who at 17-years-old is said to be chasing a career in art.

The entire family was along for the trip to Malawi, posting a lovely photo together outside a children’s hospital.


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