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Our First Glimpse of Madonna's Adopted Baby Boy

Our First Glimpse of Madonna's Adopted Baby Boy

Madonna‘s one-year-old adopted Malawian boy arrived in Britian yesterday. You can see his right leg above! Wahoo! Madonna‘s son, David Banda, flew via Johannesburg from Malawi overnight with a bodyguard and Madonna‘s nanny/personal assistant. They arrived at London’s Heathrow airport early in the morning. Malawian authorities earlier waived local rules to grant Madonna and her film director husband, Guy Ritchie, an interim adoption. More pictures in the gallery!

UPDATE :: Pictures of David Banda‘s face have been added! And an open letter from Madonna has arrived! Check it:

My husband and I began the adoption process many months prior to our trip to Malawi. I did not wish to disclose my intentions to the world prior to the adoption happening as this is a private family matter. After learning that there were over one million orphans in Malawi, it was my wish to open up our home and help one child escape an extreme life of hardship, poverty and in many cases death, as well as expand our family.

Nevertheless, we have gone about the adoption procedure according to the law like anyone else who adopts a child. Reports to the contrary are totally inaccurate. The procedure includes an l8 month evaluation period after which time we hope to make this adoption permanent. This was not a decision or commitment that my family or I take lightly.

I am overwhelmed and inspired by my trip to Malawi and hope that it helps bring attention to how much more the world needs to do to help the children of Africa.

My heartfelt thanks for all the good wishes I have received and I hope the press will allow my family some room for us to experience the joy we feel to have David home.

Madonna Ritchie
October 17, 2006
London, England

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# 1

Finally she won- but who is holding him……..the nanny- as usual…

# 2

Madonna did a real good thing.I wish the best for that little boy and his new family.Adoption is not an easy desision,especially if you already have biological children.So don’t think that she did it for fun or publicity.It’s a great responsibility for the rest of her life.Of course there will be different opinions,but who can deny that this boy’s life is going to be a lot better now.And that’s the point.

# 3

I hope she loves this child as he deserves to be loved.

# 4

This baby boy has a father, and Madonna MUST return to child. She is HORRIBLE.

# 5

OOPS I made a typo.

This baby boy has a father, Yohane Banda. The father, to poor to raise his son, and fearing the child would die, put his son in an orphanage. Reportedly, he continued to visit his child when he could, riding his bicycle 25 miles each way to see his son. Madonna MUST return this child to his father. She is HORRIBLE if she does not return the child. If she has a heart, she will return this child to his father, with a check to support the child until he turns 21 and finishes college.

# 6

Even if Madonna gave him back, he’d go back to a life of poverty and he might come from a loving family but his chances in life are minimal in Africa. Granted some have said why doesnt she give his family money to look after him, in reality, its a drop in the ocean and one simply cant give make a difference, as an african myself, I can say that I understand and grasp the level of poverty in Africa, it simply isnt feasible to help them all! I say congrats to her, here is ONE person making a difference, may others follow her lead!

# 7

CAn she just support him without taking from his father? Its different if he’s an orphan, he can bring him to London.

# 8

Nunupie …. I agree, I can’t grasp the level of poverty in Africa. One rich person can’t make a huge difference in that economy. However, Madonna can ensure that this child is raised with her financial help. He has a father, he has a grandmother, and he belongs with them. If she wants to adopt, she should adopt an orphan. This child is not an orphan.

# 9

Does anyone else find it a little weird that Madonna sent her body gaurd and nanny to pick up her newly adopted son, but did not go as well? She could’nt even take the time to be there too? Or was she told not to return to the country or something?

The father grew up in Africa. He was never adopted. This is bullshit. Madonna is insane, and just wait until the father and the grandmother extort money from Madonna. Madonna is an idiot. This doesn’t change the conditions in Africa. How will this change corrupt governments there? Madonna cares about Madonna.

For one we don’t know the entire story. From what has been reported on TV the David’s mom died either while giving birth or soon after and the child was placed in the orphanage. So where was David’s dad then? So just b/c your poor you leave YOUR flesh and blood in an orphanage where they can’t be around you and family…someone said the grandmother is there…why not give the child to the grandmother?

There are so many questions to this situation and we shouldn’t be the judge of any of it…

David has a home with a family…we don’t even know if his father regularly visited him or not…but he now has tha family core…just leave it alone.

In the end…it will all work out whether he stays with the Ritchie’s or not….right!

David was in an orphanage because his father couldn’t take care of him. He didn’t just dump him there and abandon him. He has said that his first inclination was to keep him instead of placing him in an orphanage. It was a hard decision to make. His father probably thought in his own way that he was doing what was best for David.

I also found it unusual that out of all the AIDS orphans who are completely parentless, she would choose a child who has family alive.

I won’t be too critical yet. I want to see what her charity Raising Malawi actually accomplishes. Will it help the nation of Malawi or not have any impact? I guess it depends on how much time and effort is placed into making it work.

I will be optimistic and say that I hope her aid will help the people regardless of whether we believe she’s materialistic or using the child for publicity.

I always believe much-needed attention needs to stay on Africa. It may not be the form we hope or approve, but we need to be aware of the plight of its people and also their hope and joys.

#12 Me Again— read #5 by DJ before you spout — if what DJ says is true then this is really a sad situation – unless Madonna plans to send support to David’s extended family so they can survive to be there when he visits “frequently” as she has promised. The silver lining is that when he is old enought to realize what happened he may be in a position to help out everyone of his relatives and the village he was born into. Who knows Madonna may even ship in his father and other relatives to visit him occasionally. I sure hope so.

Imagine if all the wealthy people in the world were to adopt one child,how many orphans would there be. If you have the means and the love to give to a child and want to adopt ,then do it. No child should grow up in an orphanage.

I love when people adopt celebrity or not!

This is so wonderful. BP and AJ are inspiring people. One child can change the world.

14 | ukusa

Not going to get in a match with you. Read the point of MY COMMENT.

Just happy David has what he has right now and out of the orphanage…that’s it …that’s all

I’m outta here!!!

the reality is that the country, parents etc care little about these kids. Let some be saved. People are not forced to support the whole family of adopted kids here… that is really stupid to say. Let her save this child and give him chance. Most of these AIDS orphans are due to men cheating on their wives culturally accepted. These men need to get a clue instead of killing their whole family for a piece of ass.

Here goes. There has been extreme war, poverty, starvation and diesease in Africa. Most of this came about because of greed and hatred. Africa is the richest Continent when it comes to natural resources, yet where are the Peace Keepers and US troops trying to create and maintain democracy? I am apalled that Madonna would adopt a child who has living relatives. What’s the problem here? Why not get a group of skilled laborers and ship some tools and building materials over to where you want to helpout. Build decent homes and schools and hospitals. It can be done if only one village at a time. The money some celebs spend on flying to a conference to speak or to hear someone speak can easily bve spent buying some wood, nails. . . Teach the ppl to build and maintain functioning communities. I refuse to believe it cannot be done. CARE, FEED THE CHILDREN, and all of these organizations have been collecting money in the name of charity since I was born. WHERE are the results??? Madonna could have brought David -his dad and grandmother out of that country and made sure they were educated and trained so that they could make it in life. What if she died in childbirth with one of her kids and what if Guy only made a little money. There is NO WAY she would want someone to take rocco or Lourdes away and raise them without their father. She is the epitome of ignorance, vanity, and selfishness. She DESERVES EVERYTHING that’s coming her way-

To # 17 gossippup. Give it a rest, just because u adopt a child does not mean that u have been inspired by Angelina and/or Brad, children have been adopted for ages before those two were even born. Let’s hope the boy is well taken care of and that he can have a good contact with his father/relatives.

Why is it that Angelina can run around adopting children but the first time Madonna does it the rip her to shreds?

6 | nunupie |
Nice one nunupie. I totally agree with you. I can’t understand people giving her such a hard time as far as I can see its all good not bad. Every day children are adopted because their parent(s) can’t look after them. We should be praising Madonna not berating her.

Is being part of Madonna’s circus really better than living in poverty? Happiness is not defined by wealth. Will bringing him into her power parade and media insanity really make him a better person?

So much judgement here! Lord have mercy I’ve never witnessed so many making this about themselves. Davids father has gone on tv more than once expressing that he is happy with his son’s being adopted by the Ritchies, and just because it isn’t put out there that arraingments have been made financially as well as making a way for Davids blood family to have continued correspondance with him doesn’t mean that isnt the case which I’m 100% certain that is in the cards because otherwise we would have never known the child had a family! Look outside of your personal opinions and thank God that this boy has been given “by his birth father,” a chance at a life that may very well be one to return and help in ways he may never had the chance to had it not been for his dad’s sacrifice. Can’t people just once stop pointing fingers and wishing ill because they don’t like the choices someone else has made? This isn’t your or my life, it’s theirs and this is what they’ve decided and God bless them.

the real tita @ 10/17/2006 at 1:03 pm

I applaud anyone who adopts a child in an effort to give the child a good home and a love of family. Having said that, I don’t think Madonna’s real reason for adoption of this child is all that altruistic. This is all about Madonna, not the child.

If she had cared enough to give, then she should have done just that. If she really wanted that child, she could have paid for a couple to do the adoption for her so the laws wouldn’t have been circumvented like what happened. When the child reaches London (after 18 months of mandatory regulations) then she could take the steps to take custody of that child. The problem with her is that she thinks because she is Madonna, she is not under obligation to follow the rules.

She wanted to top Angelina in the adoption department that’s why she purposely went to a place where she could garner the most publicity. It wasn’t maternal instinct that was guiding her, it was her ego! If she hadn’t made such a production out of it, maybe she could have gone under the radar and avoided all this backlash. But no, this is what she was really after…controversy so she could generate more press. She just had to be out there! At the forefront, acting like the Earth Mother giving bounty.

Now that she’s going to portray the dramatic martyr put upon by her detractors just because she wanted to give a poor not so orphan boy a rockstar lifestyle, she’s probably got her stylist running ragged with wardrobe changes and whatever else she needs for her close ups. She is such a media *****!

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