Madonna talks adoption

October 18th, 2006 // 77 Comments

Madonna posted an open letter on her official site (turn your speakers off) regarding her adoption, also addressing concerns that she circumvented the legal system to speed up the adoption process. She writes:

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 18-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

You can tell how serious she is about her new child because his world debut are photos of him cradled in the arms of his loving mother. Oh wait, that’s not Madonna. That’s not even close to a Madonna. Unless she’s turned herself into a humble looking Hispanic woman.


  1. ob1

    “Give Up the titty, Whitey!”

  2. Madrid Marriott

    Africa don’t preach, I’m keeping your baby.

    What ever happened to the greasy guy who was her baby daddy in that video?

  3. Binky

    ‘David’ ? Madonna ‘Ritchie’ ? Whew. For once my sources were wrong.
    There were reports she liked David Bowie’s kid’s name Zowie – and since Madonna wasn’t doing last names…well.. Zowie Malawi would have been too much.

  4. slantingthroughdarkness

    Stop picking on Madonna. She’s doing the Lord’s work.

  5. RichPort

    What’s my baby sitter doing holding Madonna’s clicky baby???

  6. NipsyHustle

    the kid is looking better already. nothing soothes the savage beast like getting a little loving from a white woman.

  7. nickie

    The woman on the photo is NOT hispanic, if you were a little bit more intelligent you’d noticed it…

  8. nickie

    The woman on the photo is NOT hispanic, if you were a little bit more intelligent you’d noticed it…

  9. Proteon

    I am not

    A) A child in a third world country
    B) A child waiting for adoption
    C) A parent waiting to adopt
    D) Madonna
    E) A celebrity of any kind
    F) A Brit
    G) A woman

    Yet somehow, this story really angers and outrages me and gives me some kind of feeling that I should be doing something about it.

    Hahaha! You lifeless vicarious scumfuckers.

  10. nickie

    The woman on the photo is NOT hispanic, if you were a little bit more intelligent you’d noticed it…

  11. Italian Stallion

    Nickie is a dumb Mexican who does NOT know how to work Type key, we are all inteligent enough to notice it……….

  12. Madonna’s had some major work done lately

  13. BarbadoSlim

    *in Martin Luther King voice*

    I HAVE A DREAM *praise the Lord* that this bitch gets struck in the back of her cranium by a high speed shovel, not once !! NO! not twice *praise JESUS!!!* THREE TIMES PRAISE WHITe JESUS!!!!!!

    and for all the children of the world blah, blah blah as long as the shovel thing goes down.

  14. DiabetesExplosion

    Madonna lives in England and everyone knows that not even Mexicans can swim that far.

  15. commissioner

    The woman in the photo is ME. I AM hispanic. I was out yesterday, racking up frequent flyer miles doing Mrs. Ritchie’s bidding.

    I was not on a fifth grade field trip, as previously reported.

    (that kid already looks gangsta.)

  16. BEAM

    I dont know if that woman is hispanic or white but I’d hit it.

  17. intelligent* Figures I spelled that word wrong. I’m illiterate, it’s all in the link…..

  18. nickie

    The woman on the photo is NOT hispanic, if you were a little bit more intelligent you’d noticed it…

  19. Binky

    # 3 Come to think of it – I don’t think my sources have ever been right.
    Good for Madonna donating cash.
    But glancing at Madonna’s site, well, at least it’s not pretentious or anything. She refers to herslf as ‘the artist’…sounds reasonable…
    Regarding her crucifix act – “Please do not pass judgment without seeing my show.” (Tickets are widely available. Once I have you cash – feel free to misinterpret)

  20. tsarinaamanda


    ALL brown people look alike, how are we supposed to KNOW what TYPE of brown they are? DUH!

    And Madonna is just doing this because apparently the “African or Asian orphan baby” is this season’s HOTTEST accessory for all the hippest Hollywood celebutards! As soon as the publicity dies down, she’ll dump that kid off on the nanny so fast it’s head will spin, and I bet we’ll rarely, if ever, see it again. She can put it on the shelf along with 2004′s Ugg boots, newsboy caps, and all the other out-of-style things.

  21. LL

    Well, Madonna knows how to pick ‘em, the kid’s adorable. With her money, you’d think she could afford to save a dozen orphans from a life of hardship. Or their entire village. Actually, this is just like a Dickens novel, only instead of an impoverished English orphan, he’s an impoverished African orphan. To make it all 21st century and shit. Whatever. I guess it’s cool. Not sure why rich and famous people are all over Africa all of a sudden, picking up kids like they’re Manolo Blahniks. If I was an African not being adopted, I’d feel pretty bad right now.

  22. JB Fletcher

    im ambivalent,i think.

    one the one hand,people shouldnt be allowed to bend the rules of a country just because they are famous,she could have gone to cambodia where sweet angie went,and things are easier,and she didnt have to bend the rules.

    on the other hand,the kid is going to have a real amazing chance at life,which he would not have had in malawi.and she did give them loads of money to help out.

    on the third hand,is it then as if she bought him coz of all the mulah and leniency involved?

    and on the fourth hand,who will the child identify with,since children who are adopted into families where they are completly differnt have a hard time when they grow older coz they feel like they are dont really belong.

    its a complex issue.

    and the whole thing makes me uncomfortable.

    and that means its wrong on some level,i just havent grasped which one yet….

    PS-why the hell could she have brought a blanket instead of making it obvious by covering him with an oversized sweathshirt?IDIOT.

  23. Dr.Rokter

    You know, when I try to purchase a healthy black child, I hear things like “disturbing” and “pervert”. Nobody ever says I’m noble, or even well-intentioned. Well, I’m real sorry I can’t hardly afford to fly to Malawi, where apparently doing what I’ve been trying to do all along makes you a fucking hero instead of a “sociopath”.

  24. Italian Stallion

    Nickie is a dumb Mexican who does NOT know how to work Type key, we are all inteligent enough to notice it……….

  25. Italian Stallion

    Nickie is a dumb Mexican who does NOT know how to work Type key, we are all intelligent enough to notice it……….

  26. spatz

    the sad thing is that this kid had a father and a grandmother. they only put the baby in the orphanage temporarily until the father was in a better situation. everybody in malawi pressured him to give the kid up, and in a whirlwind he did, apparently he didnt want to.

    what kills me is that she knew the kid had a father, why not just adopt a kid with no parents at all?

  27. JB Fletcher

    hmmn Dr.Rockter has a good point..

  28. nickie

    The woman on the photo is NOT hispanic, if you were a little bit more intelligent you’d noticed it…

  29. jrzmommy

    Who is ready for Madonna’s next persona makeover? Madonna–Nubian Queen.
    #26–took the words right out of my mouth. Fuck Madonna.

  30. jrzmommy

    PS–that dingo’s got your baybee.


    I adopted a baby…didn’t work out too well. The kid later stabbed me and stole my money.

  32. commissioner

    I find it ironic the outfit he’s wearing probably set her back enough to feed the other children in the orphanage for a month.

    Magnanimous my ass. Benevolence is not in her vocabulary. She’s like a spoiled child; it was probably pointed out the child had a living parent, so it made little David more attractive.

  33. DrBob2607

    This poor little bastard’s full name is David Stepin Fetchit Ritchie. Madonna can hardly wait ’til he grows up so she can teach him to tap dance, eat fried chicken, and run around and say endearing things like ” Yessah, Boss” and “Don’t hit me, Massa” for her family and friends..

  34. What gets me about this is the kid Madge adopted still has a dad. I saw him interviewed and he seemed rather sad about things, though he confessed his boy was going to have a better life than he could provide (no shit). Why didn’t she adopt a kid who legitimately was an orphan, who had no parents to speak of whatsoever? Because Madge wanted this one – probably because the kid is cute. I hate saying it, but humanity has degenerated to the point where children are fashion accessories.

  35. frenchtoaststix

    #26: I agree totally. Were there NO small children without parents at all that she had to basically take this one away from his own father and grandmother? This is truly sick. Madonna isn’t being benevolent, she’s being celebretarded and full of her own shit. Just like the Elian Gonzales thing. He had a dad in Cuba, who had to fight to get him back. Hello, he’s the dad! He has a right to live in Cuba if he wants to and have his son there, too. This poor kid is going to have major culture shock, going from a dirt-floored shack in the middle of Africa to a European mansion, where he’ll be raised by nannies. Wow! Way to go Madonna. She couldn’t have just dropped some millions of cash to help MANY orphans in their native habitat? No she has to “adopt” one so she can be all Angelina-like and relevant and now and have an African Accessory Baby(TM).

    She makes me ill! Enough venting for today.

  36. Grunt Big

    Bright Light! Bright Light!

  37. jrzmommy

    I’m going over to my neighbor’s house tonight to adopt their dog. It already has an owner, I know, but I think it’ll like my house better, and I can give it more MilkBones than they can.

  38. NipseyRussell

    But I thought MICHAEL JACKSON adopted Emmanuel Lewis?

  39. BarbadoSlim

    Let me put this in inequivocal terms, once this kid realizes what giant pile o’shit living with this faux-british self righetous fag hag and her fake-thug husband is, he’ll either become a raging homo or go back to africa and voluntarily submit to summary execution via rusty machete.

  40. julietsstars

    i never hear about people adopting in the country that made them fucking rich in the first place, and frankly it pisses me off. the US has plenty of children in adoption agencies–give them a damn home.


    I adopted a baby…didn’t work out too well. The kid later stabbed me and stole my money.

  42. jrzmommy

    So how much did she pay this poor guy to say this crock of shit?
    “Where were these people when David was struggling in the orphanage? These so-called human rights groups should leave my baby alone,” Yohane Banda said.

    “As father I have okayed this, I have no problem; the village has no problem, who are they to cause trouble? Please let them stop.”

  43. llllllllll

    What is the big F*c$en deal. The kid will be set for life instead of being ashy all day with watery buggers running down his damn nose in his 3rd world country. Everyone is crying for his father but his own damn father is ecstatic in Modonna adopting his son. Kudos to baby chubakah for landing in a pot of gold!

  44. James

    Of course the father and village had no problem, typical blacks if they get paid they’re happy. I’m going to laugh when this kid grows up and robs her blind.

  45. LoneWolf

    Kid’s a playa – already got him a handfull of boobie.

    You go, mini Kunta Kinte.

  46. RichPort


  47. mrs.t

    Did you notice how that woman’s skin just glowed next to that kid? I have GOT to get one of those before winter sets in.

    And someone should send one to Cameron Diaz.

  48. InstantAsshat-AddFame

    Apparently Madge is in trouble for this in England, too, where they have RULES about adopting kids, whether from in-country or out.

    So, not only will she not be staying in Malawi for the required 18-months observation period, she never let child-welfare authorities in England know she was adopting, which, no matter what country the child comes from, also requires an assessment beforehand.

    All of this might be to stop people like Madonna, rich asshats who pick out kids to adopt like other people pick out dogs from the pet store. I heard she even had people go in beforehand and pick out the 12 cutest baby boys for her to choose from.

  49. spatz

    i’m pretty sick of all this “he’ll be better off” bullshit. well if that were really the case, then rich people could go into the deep ghettos in this country alone and start taking babies from poor mothers, and use the “he’ll be better off” bullshit.

    if madonna were a normal human being then yes maybe this kid would have a nice life, but he will never be anything more than madonnas little pet, growing up in a lonely pathetic mansion with millions of nannies raising him, not knowing who he is or where he came from. all i can hope is that she and her nannies will remind him of where he came from.

  50. GirlyGirl

    Lourdes got tired of her baby dolls and wanted a real baby to play with.

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