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Madonna denies adoption reports
Madonna with her children, Lourdes (left), Rocco (right) and David Banda
Madonna said last year she would not rule out adopting again

Singer Madonna has denied reports that she is returning to Malawi to adopt a second African child.

The US star sparked a furore when she adopted one-year-old David Banda from a Malawi orphanage last year.

"She is overseeing the building of a children's healthcare centre," her spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg said. "She is absolutely not adopting another baby."

David is living with Madonna and her family in London after the pop star was granted an interim custody order.

In November, the 48-year-old told the BBC's Newsnight programme she would consider adopting another child from abroad.

"I wouldn't rule it out... but I would like to experience David for a while and see how it works out," she said.


Ms Rosenberg said she did not know whether David would join Madonna on the trip to Malawi.

"She's going back to continue her work with Raising Malawi Organisation," she told the Reuters news agency.

The singer helped set up the Raising Malawi charity, which aims to provide accommodation, food, education and other support to orphans in the country.

In August, she said she would donate $3m (1.5m) to the country via the organisation.

Madonna in her Newsnight interview
Madonna spoke to BBC Newsnight last November
Some critics have accused Madonna of using her wealth and celebrity to fast-track the adoption process in Malawi, something which she strongly denies.

Under the current court order, David can live with the singer for 18 months, during which time his progress will be reviewed by Malawi officials.

In December, the couple accepted a High Court ruling allowing a coalition of human rights groups to monitor the adoption.

In January, she told US talk show host David Letterman she was "saving a life" by taking the child to the UK.

As well as her adopted son, Madonna has a 10-year-old daughter, Lourdes, and a six-year-old son, Rocco. She is married to British film director Guy Ritchie.


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