Madonna's Not Ruling Out Another Adoption
Despite initial struggles, the pop star says she'd "consider" giving David Banda a Malawian sibling
Could Madonna‘s 3-year-old son David Banda be getting a Malawian sibling?
“It’s something I have been considering,” Madonna said in an interview with the country’s Nation newspaper. “But [I] would only do if I had the support of the Malawian people and the government.”
The singer’s rep Liz Rosenberg echoes her sentiment, telling PEOPLE, “Madonna has stated many times that she’d love to adopt again.”
In the interview, Madonna responded to questions from readers. She addressed speculation about her future adoption plans head-on, saying, “Many people – especially our Malawian friends – say that David should have a Malawian brother or sister.”
Surviving Public Scrutiny
Describing the initial difficulties she faced with the 2006 adoption as a “big struggle,” Madonna said the public scrutiny was like “my own kind of birthing pain with dealing with the press on my front doorstep, accusing me of kidnapping, or whatever you want to call it.”
Still, she said her decision to adopt set an important precedent.
“This adoption essentially was the beginning of the creation of adoption laws in Malawi,” she said. “I am the template or the role model, so to speak, for future adoptions.”
Dealing with Divorce
Importantly, Madonna says she tries to keep David rooted in his culture. “It is a big priority for me to educate my son about the world, but always to stay connected to his Malawian culture,” she said. “He has a big map of Africa in his room with lots of arrows pointing to Malawi.”
And, she added, despite her recent divorce from Guy Ritchie, David is encouraged to maintain a close relationship with his adoptive father.
“Everything between us is very amicable,” she said. “We both agree that our children should always feel a deep connection with both their parents.”