Madonna to adopt again

LONDON: Pop superstar Madonna is all set to adopt another Malawian child. This time it is three-year-old Mercy James. Madonna had abandoned the idea of adoption after her marriage to British director Guy Ritchie seemed to be in trouble. But officials confirmed on August 12 that she has resumed her adoption process, which friends say proves their marriage is back on track, reports

Penstone Kilembe, Malawian adoption minister, said, “Madonna’s representatives have been visiting the girl. The adoption is now advanced — all the government is waiting for is Madonna to forward the petition of adoption formalities. Then Mercy will be able to leave the country for a new life.”

The singer, who will soon turn 50, wants her son David Banda to have a sister. A close friend said, “The adoption process in Malawi is so long and stressful that all the legal wrangling put a huge strain on their marriage. They dropped proceedings to pour all their energies into each other. But Madonna now feels they are stable enough to press ahead with the adoption again.”