Madonna, 58, announced on Instagram she has adopted two Malawian children and the pop-star is back in New York City with her new kids.
Twins Estere and Stelle aged four, have been adopted from the Home of Hope orphanage in Mchinji, a town in central Malawi. The pop-star discovered the girls’ background through her charity work in the African country: after their mother passed away while giving birth, their father re-married and left the baby twins with their grandparents who were unable to take care of them.
On Thursday morning, the 9th of February, the new members of the Ciccone family touched down in New York City after traveling overnight with a private jet. Then they drove to Madonna’s Upper East Side apartment through the New York blizzard – a stark contrast to the 26°C in Malawi the day before.
Madonna’s Upper East Side apartment – Stelle and Estere’s new home
On Wednesday, the 8th of February, Madonna posted this photo with the adopted twins on Instagram
Upon arrival in New York City
The two children Madonna previously adopted are also Malawian: son David Banda in 2006 and daughter Mercy James in 2009; she also has two children, Lourdes and Rocco, from previous relationships.
Earlier this year she denied wanting to adopt more children born in the landlocked African state and stated her intention to focus solely on her charity work. It seems like, however, she could not resist providing the abandoned twins with a better life.
“I am deeply grateful to all those in Malawi who helped make this possible,” the Michigan-born pop star wrote as she asked for privacy during the transitional period that her family embarks upon.
Madonna was allowed the adoption by Malawian judge Fiona Mwale despite being “above the age normally considered within the ranges of parenting” after she supplied proof about her being in excellent health. The 58-year-old’s position to supply a loving home life for the twins in a luxurious, spacious and comfortable abode in an affluent neighborhood of the US’ seems to have swayed what was reportedly an uncomfortable hearing in her favor.
The application procedure which usually takes three months was in this case granted in two weeks. Madonna spoke about the extensive research she had carried on raising twins before she had decided to apply for adoption, as well as her serious approach to religion.
The twins’ first sighting of snow during their first day in the United States of America
Madonna’s daughter Lourdes pictured with Stelle and Estere last year
To help the twins settle in as smoothly as possible, a professional carer from Malawi also made the way back to New York City and has moved in with the family.
With neither of girls speaking English, the carer will also teach David and Mercy their native Chichewa language – a language from the Bantu family official in Malawi and Zimbabwe.