Madonna confirms on social media she's adopted twin girls from Malawi

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Mlenga Mvula, a judicial spokesman, said: 'I can confirm that Madonna has been granted an adoption order for two children'. She continued, "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".

According to MailOnline the 58-year-old singer applied for custody of the girls at the High Court in the capital Lilongwe on 25 January.

The UK newspaper, Daily Mail gave a brief fact file of the " formidable judge" who decided Madonna adoption bid, British-educated Fiona Mwale with her photo indicating it was sourced fron Nyasa Times.

Madge and their father were in the court for the adoption proceedings and the four-year-old girls, who were born on August 24, 2012, had previously been living in the Home of Hope in Mchinji, according to reports.

Madonna's connection to Malawi goes back more than 10 years.

The children, named by British tabloid The Mirror as Esther and Stella, are aged four. The singer was in the courtroom for the ruling, which also specified she must provide a "home survey report" within a year.

Madonna with her children David Banda Lourdes Mercy James and Rocco on a charity visit to Malawi
Image caption Madonna with her children David Banda Lourdes Mercy James and Rocco on a charity visit to Malawi

Some Malawi residents are not too happy about the adoptions, and say that the government are giving her special exception to laws which say that non-residents can not adopt children to take overseas.

The new arrivals bring Madonna's brood to six. And an Instagram photo from July has since resurfaced, showing the little girls with Madonna's 20-year-old daughter Lourdes.

Esther and Stella will join David, Mercy, Rocco, her son from her marriage to Guy Ritchie, and Lourdes, from her relationship with Carlos Leon.

"Madonna has been very close to Malawi".

Ken Mhango, local head of the African network for protection and prevention of child abuse and neglect, criticised the secrecy and tight security around Madonna's case.

"In determining her motives, I questioned the petitioner at length about the impact of her decision which could be construed as robbing Malawi of its most precious resource, its children", wrote Mwale. "The girls are very happy and very excited about what is happening to them", court-appointed guardian Dominic Misomali told the Daily Mail Wednesday.

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