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Madonna adoption papers approved
Madonna has visited several orphanages while in Malawi
A judge in Malawi has approved an official application filed by pop star Madonna, confirming claims she has adopted a one-year-old boy.

Judge Andrew Nyirenda issued an interim order allowing the singer and husband Guy Ritchie to take custody of David at a high court in Lilongwe on Thursday.

No official statement has been released by the London-based singer.

"This has been going on for some time. Now this is the completion point," said government official Benston Kilembe.

Mr Kilembe, Malawi's director of child welfare services, said the celebrity couple had "followed the normal processes".

Madonna promised me that as the child grows she will bring him back to visit
Yohame Banda, natural father of the adopted boy

The boy's father, Yohame Banda, said he met Madonna and Ritchie at the court as part of the formalities.

"They are a lovely couple," said Mr Banda. "She asked me many questions. She and her husband seem happy with David. I am happy for him."

"Madonna promised me that as the child grows she will bring him back to visit."

On Wednesday, Mr Banda told reporters that his wife Marita died a month after the baby's birth from childbirth complications.

Since then the child had been cared for at the Home of Hope Orphan Care Centre in Mchinji, a village near the border with Zambia.

The 48-year-old singer already has two children, five-year-old son Rocco and nine-year-old daughter Lourdes.

Madonna and Guy Ritchie in Malawi

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