Madonna's family is growing, as the singer has just announced that she has adopted four-year-old twins Stella and Esther. She met the girls while visiting an orphanage in Malawi last year as part of her charity work, and now has the go-ahead to bring them home.
She broke the news via Instagram today, sharing a sweet portrait of herself holding hands with the twins in their native Mchinji, near the border of Zambia. “I can officially confirm I have completed the process of adopting twin sisters from Malawi," she captioned the picture.
"[I 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 added.
The 58-year-old had previously denied rumours that she planned to expand her family by adopting the girls, but in court papers she explained that she felt "duty bound" to care for them after discovering their situation.
According to the BBC, the twins' mother died shortly after she gave birth. As a result their care was given over to their grandparents, who were overwhelmed by the task of caring for them and their siblings.
Madonna was given permission for the adoptions on Tuesday by a court in Malawi. “Her charity work brings her into contact with orphanages… 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 judge said.
She first met the girls in July last year, when she visited the Malawi Home of Hope orphanage in Mchinji, near Zambia with her daughter Lourdes. At the time she posted a photo of the 20-year-old with them.
Madonna has previously adopted two children; son David and daughter Mercy, both 11, and is also mum to Lourdes and son Rocco, 16.
Congrats to Madonna and her expanding family!