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Guy Ritchie: 'Madonna is a great mum'

A judge at Malawi's High Court in Lilongwe rejected the singer's application to adopt Mercy James, a four-year-old girl, ruling that the child should remain in her home country.
In a statement, Ritchie said: 'Madonna is a fantastic and loving mother who cares deeply about her own children, and children who may need additional help and support.'
'I fully supported Madonna in her decision to apply for this adoption, and I am saddened that her application has been rejected. She is motivated only by being a caring parent who seeks to share some of the advantages and opportunities that her life has given her. This time it did not work out, but there will be other opportunities and I wish her well in them. She is a great mum.'
Madonna and Ritchie adopted David Banda from Malawi in 2006. The couple divorced last November after an eight-year marriage.
He spoke out after Judge Esmie Chondo turned down an interim adoption application which would have allowed Madonna to take Mercy to the United States, pending a permanent decision on her future.
The ruling came as a surprise, not least because Malawi's Information Minister had publicly backed the adoption. Judge Chondo said that allowing Madonna, 50, to adopt Mercy could place other children at risk by opening the doors to child traffickers.
Malawian law requires prospective parents to be resident in the country for 18-24 months before an adoption is granted. This was waived in the case of David's adoption.



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Good for Guy.

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