Despite coronavirus travel restrictions Madonna has reportedly flown to London, Malawi and Kenya in the past three weeks. On Christmas Eve, she is said to have flown from LA to London with her boyfriend, backing dancer Ahlamalik Williams, and four of her children, David Banda, 15, Mercy James, 14, and twins Estere and Stella, both eight. She then collected her son Rocco, 20, with the group making the journey to Malawi, and then on to Kenya in early January. According to The Sun, her travels to Africa also involved a stopover in Egypt. Sources close to the star told the publication that she and her family have been taking regular coronavirus tests. The mum-of-six has been sharing photos and videos from her travels on Instagram, sharing a video from a plane on December 30 and writing: ‘Warm Heart Of Africa.’
She then shared multiple videos and photos, captioning them with the Malawi flag, before writing on Instagram that she spent ‘the last day of 2020 in Lipunga [in Malawi]. Re-Connecting with David’s father and extended Family [sic].’ Madonna, 62, added a few hours later: ‘Happy New Year All the way from Africa.’ During her time in Malawi, she shared videos from her son David’s ‘ancestral village’, a paediatric hospital, and an orphanage. On January 9, she shared her first video from Kenya, writing: ‘Spending time with the Samburu tribe is always an honor.
‘They are nomadic warriors and here the men are singing, dancing and telling stories to attract the attention of the females. [Kenya flag emoji] ♥️ #samburu #inspiration #kenya.’ At the time of writing, Madonna still appears to be in Kenya. As of December 28, the USA advised travellers to avoid all travel to the UK. However, Madonna is thought to have flown to the UK before this. On December 20, London and a large proportion of the South East of England moved into strict tier four restrictions. When Madonna shared her video from the plane, overseas travel for leisure was banned.
Travelling abroad for essential reasons, such as work, was still permitted. Visitors from the UK to Malawi need to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within the 10 days prior to arrival. The UK government website guidance continues: ‘Passengers may be required to remain at the airport or a testing centre until their Covid-19 test results are known, usually within 24 hours. Individuals testing positive may be taken for treatment at a government facility. ‘All other individuals will be required to self-monitor for Covid-19 signs and symptoms for 14 days after arrival.’
Drag Race boasts an enviable alumni of A-list celebrity guest stars, including Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj and Khloe Kardashian.
But there is one star the show has never been able to convince.
“Just to let everybody know we have asked Dolly Parton for 11, 12, 13 years,” Visage revealed, per HuffPost.
“At the end of the day it’s scheduling, and it’s a very long day for these people.”
And Dolly isn’t the only one. Visage mentioned several other LGBT+ icons that Drag Race have tried and failed to get on the show.
“To just calm everybody down,” she continued, “We do ask Cher, we do ask Madonna, we do ask Liza, we do ask Dolly, we ask everybody, and scheduling is always the conflict.
“It took years to get Gaga, but we got her.”
January marks the start of an unprecedented torrent of Drag Race, with season 13 airing in the US and season two of Drag Race UK set to begin imminently.
Visage also mentioned in the interview who she would like to see guest judge on the show, naming Madonna, Victoria Beckham and Adele.
Dolly Parton was recently interviewed by RuPaul in Marie Claire, where she hit her with possibly the shadiest read of all time.
After the recent release of the US Drag Race on Netflix, Drag Race UK will return to BBC Three on 14 January.
From Yahoo! News
Visiting Mercy James Pediatric Hosptial........3 Years in and going strong. 💪🏾! Thanks to Dr. Borgstein and the incredible team of health care workers that make it possible to save childrens lives everyday! Thank you folks around the world that continue to support @RaisingMalawi pic.twitter.com/yxW81gwKuf— Madonna (@Madonna) January 3, 2021
Madonna has taken some of her family on a trip to Malawi, branding the adventure a "homecoming."
Four of the singer's six kids were born in the African nation before she adopted them.
David Banda, 15, Mercy James, 14 and eight-year-old twin girls Stella and Estere were all born there.
Madonna, 62, also shares Lourdes, 24, with former personal trainer Carlos Leon, and Rocco, 20, with ex-husband and film director Guy Ritchie.
Proud mum Madonna snapped one of the twins gazing out of a plane window on her Instagram Stories, captioning the cute photo with "#homecoming."
Once they'd touched down, Madge filmed Mercy playing on a swing out back of their holiday digs.
And teenager Mercy lends her name to the Mercy James Institute For Pediatric Surgery And Intensive Care, run through her mum's charity Raising Malawi.
The institute operates as part of Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, the country's second city.
It's only one of Madonna's numerous altruistic ventures.
While Malawi's land borders are closed during the pandemic, the US Embassy in the country's capital, Lilongwe, says that flights from the States are permitted.
But Americans who intend on flying in have get tested within 10 days of their flight, and may be greeted with further testing at the airport gate.
From Daily Mirror