Madonna’s million dollar baby: Singer wins court appeal to adopt Mercy after donating £12m to Malawi

June 22, 2009

So in the end she got her way, as she always does.

But it seems the adoption of Malawian orphan Mercy James did not come cheap.

Madonna is reported to have donated Pfund12million to the African state to fund orphan aid projects.

The Daily Mirror claims the money has been spent to fund six orphanages as well as paying for shoes, clothes, books and mosquito nets.

One international welfare agency worker said: ‘It smacks of bribery. How can they refuse her requests when she gives Malawi so much?’

However Madonna’s lawyer Allan Chinula said: It is a total fabrication to say that Madonna poured money into Malawi for the purposes of being able to adopt a child.

It has taken nearly three years, but yesterday Madonna was finally free to take Mercy for a new life in America.

The supreme court in Blantyre overturned a previous ruling that had rejected the singer’s petition to adopt the four-year-old girl.

‘I am ecstatic,’ Madonna said on hearing the news at her home in New York. ‘My family and I look forward to sharing our lives with her.’

She expressed thanks to the supreme court’s three judges, headed by Chief Justice Lovemore Munlo.

Earlier he had told the packed courthouse: ‘Madonna has shown that she is bold and compassionate enough to come forward to adopt Chifundo Mercy James.’

He said there were two options for Mercy: ‘To stay at the orphanage without the love of family and live with the possibility of destitution, or be with Madonna where she is assured of love. Every child has the right to love and be loved.’

He said Madonna was ‘an intelligent, articulate and outgoing individual of strong character. She is also a determined, independent and hardworking person of compassion from a God-fearing family.

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