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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Madonna on failed Mercy adoption: 'It's not right'

BY Bill Hutchinson / April 7th 2009

Madonna devastated after officials blocked her adoption of a 3-year-old girl from Malawi, telling aides, "it's not right."The Material Girl, who is now back in London, even referred to Chifundo (Mercy) James as "my little girl" before heading home, Australia's Herald Sun newspaper reports."I can't believe I'm leaving my beautiful baby behind," she said. "It's not right. I love that baby girl ... she needs to be with me."Madonna's daughter Lourdes was reportedly heartbroken that her mom was barred from the adoption.The 50-year-old pop icon looked downcast after spending her final hours with Mercy, the child a judge blocked her from adopting last week, before jetting out of the country. 

"Madonna spent some time with Mercy; she looked sad. But Lourdes, who had clicked with the little girl, looked devastated," a staffer at the Kumbali Lodge where Madonna had been staying, told People magazine. Anne Chikhwaza, director of the Kondanani Children's Village, took the girl back to the orphanage, the staffer said. The recently divorced singer has already filed an appeal of the court ruling that found her not eligible to adopt the girl because she hasn't lived in Malawi. 
Madonna had hoped to make Mercy her second child from Malawi, where she adopted her son David in 2006.


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