American pop star Madonna has described raising her two adopted Malawian children, David Banda and Mercy Chifundo James, as amazing, stating that the two children are fun.
Madonna, who was in the country from Wednesday last week to Tuesday this week in the company of the two children, also confessed of her love for children, saying her children have been her teachers.
She said: “Children are the future and that is just kind of obvious. I love children because human beings are at the purest stage when they are children; they are the most honest, the most creative. Ultimately my children have been my teachers.
“So, we learn from children. It seems it should be the other way round but if you talk to my children they would say that they have taught me a lot and that is certainly true, and I just love children.”
Speaking to journalists in Blantyre on Sunday, the pop star kept passing on questions that had to do with David and Mercy’s well-being to be responded by the two who were with her during the media briefing.
When asked about how it has been raising David and Mercy, Madonna said: “Amazing.”
She then posed the question to David, asking him: “David how has it been raising you?”
Answering the question, David, who together with Mercy, were putting up a shy routine, simply said: “Fun”.
The star, who told reporters David was doing some dance routines just before the press briefing, said Mercy is an amazing gymnast and David is an amazing soccer player.
Madonna said is envious of their talents.
The disclosure attracted a question to her on what are the two children’s future aspirations.
“Why don’t you ask them,” responded Madonna.
David said: “I want to become a professional soccer player” whereas Mercy said: “I don’t know yet.”
During the visit, Madonna said visiting Home of Hope Orphanage in Mchinji, where she adopted David, going to David’s ancestral village where he received his Ngoni tribal name and playing soccer matches were part of the things that kept her busy during the visit to Malawi.
During the visit to Mchinji, David’s biological father Yohane Banda said Madonna’s adopted son has healed his rift with the superstar.
In an interview with UK’s MailOnline, Yohane said the pop queen is ‘happy’ again after her bitter custody battle with former husband Guy Ritchie over son Rocco.
In March, Yohane blasted the singer over the dispute, claiming his biological son David would be better off living in poverty than with her.
But the farmer says he and Madonna have settled their differences after she took the 10-year-old to visit his village for the first time since the adoption.
In an exclusive interview, he told MailOnline: “I only want the best for my child and I was concerned for him when the custody battle with Rocco was happening. There was a rift and it has now been healed.”
Madonna took son Rocco, daughter Lourdes and Mercy to David’s home village of Lipunga, close to the border with Zambia to see his family and receive his tribal name.
Yohane said any tension disappeared as soon as he saw his son whom he had not seen since he gave him up for adoption at 13 months in 2006 when his mother died.
“I am happy. As far as I am concerned, I was told by Madonna that the boy will come back to me once he has been educated. Nothing has changed in that respect. David was allowed to come here and explore, he said he would come regularly to the village. It is encouraging, and it is what I have known all along, even though everyone else told me he wouldn’t come back,” he said.
For Yohane, it put his mind at rest to see the ‘happy and harmonious’ family up close for the first time since Madonna, 57, was fighting film director Ritchie over whether Rocco, 15, should live in London or New York.
The brothers, who are said to be particularly close, were both given traditional names. David was named Sezangakhona and Rocco, Zwangendawa. n