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Madonna Steps Out with Son David Banda Before Woman of the Year Honors: ‘My Family Is Everything — I Will Go to War for Them’

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Madonna’s still “Living for Love” — and for her family.

On Friday night, the pop icon hosted a star-studded fundraiser for her Raising Malawi charity, which her 11-year-old son David Banda attended and spoke onstage. The mother-son outing came just a week before Madonna, 58, will be honored as Billboard‘s Woman of the Year in New York City at the industry publication’s annual awards.

Monday, the singer’s Billboard cover interview by actress-filmmaker Elizabeth Banks dropped, and Madonna opened up about her relationship with her four children: Lourdes, 20, Rocco, 16, David Banda and Mercy James, 10.

“My family is everything. I will go to war for them. Whatever I’m fighting for, it’s for my daughters and my sons. I want them to have a good future,” the Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour star, 58, said in the candid conversation with Banks.

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“I’ve created an unconventional family, and we have discussions at the dinner table about all sorts of things,” she added. “My 11-year-old son can speak eloquently about Malcolm X and Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela and James Baldwin. My daughter Mercy plays the piano and can talk to you about Nina Simone. I’m really proud of that.”

The proud mom also talked social media and how she decides what to post of her children on platforms like Instagram.

“When I post their things, they give me permission,” Madonna said in her Billboard cover story. “A lot of times they’ll send me pictures and say, ‘Please don’t post this,’ and I won’t. They have private accounts, and I respect that. I also consider my children part of my work and the work that we do together.”

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One cause that is particularly near and dear to the family’s hearts: her Raising Malawi organization. All four of her children have joined the performer on trips to the African country, from which she adopted son David and daughter Mercy in 2006 and 2009, respectively.

David Banda was 13 months old and had pneumonia and malaria when Madonna and ex Guy Ritchie adopted him after his own mother died of childbirth complications. He took the stage Friday at the Raising Malawi event after a moving clip about his and his mother’s journey together played.

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“My name is David,” her younger son said at the gala, which raised $7.5 million. “Now you know a little bit about Malawi and how I met my mother … I realize I’m one of the lucky ones.”