The controversy surrounding the adoption, not yet finalized, of 2 ½-year-old David Banda proved quite painful for Madonna — pain the 49-year-old yesterday likened to that experienced in childbirth. During a press conference in Cannes to promote her new documentary I Am Because We Are, which chronicles the plight of children in David’s home country of Malawi, Madonna expressed resentment over the media’s handling of David’s story.

Madonna dismissed suggestions that David’s father was not supportive of the adoption, saying the two had met and Yohane Banda "absolutely agreed" that David should live in London with Madonna, her husband Guy Ritchie and their children Lourdes, 11 and Rocco, 7. She also rejected the notion that the adoption was controversial; Instead, she says, it was simply complicated by Malawi’s outdated adoption laws.

Sources: AP, The Australian; Photo by Splash News

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