Madonna confirms adoption and shares sweet photo of twin girls

By: Gemma Strong

Madonna has confirmed the happy news that she has adopted four-year-old twins Stella and Esther from Malawi.

The singer posted a heartfelt note on Instagram, alongside a sweet snap of herself walking hand-in-hand with her daughters.

"I can officially confirm I have completed the process of adopting twin sisters from Malawi and am overjoyed that they are now part of our family. I am deeply grateful to all those in Malawi who helped make this possible, and I ask the media please to respect our privacy during this transitional time.  Thank you also to my friends, family and my very large team for all your support and Love!" she wrote.

Earlier today, it was revealed that Madonna and her family have visited the twins in the past. In a photo posted on her Instagram in July 2016, Madonna's daughter Lourdes is seen cuddling Stella and Esther during a visit to the Home of Hope orphanage. "3 Beauties," the 58-year-old singer captioned the snapshot. "Lola spends time with twins, Stella and Esther at Home of Hope Orphanage."

TAP TO VIEW GALLERYMadonna shared this photo of Lourdes with twins Esther and Stella on Instagram in July

A court in Lilongwe this week granted Madonna permission to adopt Stella and Esther, whose mother died in childbirth and whose father was reportedly in court to witness the proceedings. In her ruling, Judge Fiona Mwale said the singer would provide a loving home for the children in a "luxurious, spacious and comfortable abode in an affluent neighbourhood" of America, the Daily Mail reports. She added that while Madonna was "above the age normally considered within the ranges of parenting", the star had submitted a medical report to prove her good health.

"Her charity work brings her into contact with orphanages," Judge Mwale continued. "And it was as a result of this contact that she felt compelled to fill a gap in their lives and open up her home to them. The petitioner satisfied me that this adoption is motivated by her desire to offer a home, love, protection and guidance to the infants. She would like to share what she has with those who are less privileged."

Madonna with her four children: Lourdes, Rocco, David and Mercy

Madonna has previously adopted two children from Malawi – David Banda in 2006, and Mercy James in 2009. The Like a Prayer singer is also a mother to two biological children – Lourdes Leon, her 20-year-old daughter from her relationship with Carlos Leon, and Rocco Ritchie, her 16-year-old son from her marriage to Guy Ritchie. News of the twins' adoption came as a shock to fans; just last month, Madonna categorical denied she was involved in an adoption application in Malawi. "I am in Malawi to check on the children's hospital in Blantyre and my other work with Raising Malawi, and then heading home," she insisted. "The rumours of an adoption process are untrue."

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