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Madonna on The Cover of People Magazine

Madonna may be the highest-selling female artist of all time, but at home she’s just Mom — or “Mambo,” as the four youngest of her six kids call her.

For this week’s issue, the pop icon, 59, offered a rare glimpse inside her private world, inviting PEOPLE to join her in Malawi on July 11, when she opened the Mercy James Centre for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care, the nation’s first children’s hospital. A month later, at her home in London, she opened up about her emotional adoption journey, why she’s dedicated to helping the children of Malawi — and her busy, rewarding life as mom to Lourdes, 20, Rocco, 17, David, 11, Mercy, 11, and 5-year-old twins Estere and Stella.

Madonna on the cover of People Magazine

Malawi — a beautiful but struggling country in southeast Africa — has become a “second home” for Madonna in recent years. After first visiting in 2006, she founded Raising Malawi, a nonprofit that aims to educate and support health services for countless orphans and children in the country. It’s also where she met four kids who would change her life forever.

Already mom to Lourdes (with former flame Carlos Leon) and Rocco (with ex-husband Guy Ritchie), the singer first saw son David Banda at Home of Hope, an orphanage in Lilongwe, Malawi’s capital city. He was a baby battling pneumonia and malaria at the time, and feeling an instant connection, she began the adoption process.

But when she brought him home to London in 2008, the reception wasn’t anything she’d imagined. “Every newspaper said I kidnapped him,” Madonna says. “In my mind, I was thinking, ‘Wait a minute. I’m trying to save somebody’s life. Why are you all s—-ing on me right now?’ I did everything by the book. That was a real low point for me. I would cry myself to sleep.” more →

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Madonna Brings Her Skin-Care Line MDNA Skin to the U.S.

“I’m tired of hearing people complain here that they can’t get it in America,” Madonna said of her skin-care line, MDNA Skin, which is making its way Stateside three years after its launch in Japan.

Madonna codeveloped the entire range — which reads as her name without the vowels or the second “N” — of which her likeness was the sole inspiration for parent company MTG, based in Nagoya, Japan.

“It’s a line I can use every day. Some things I use when I don’t wear makeup and am not doing shows, and others are specifically good for having to apply makeup and be on stage under lights.…I developed it for me specifically, but it also feels universal. I mean, my children use it, my friends use it,” Madonna told WWD in an exclusive interview last week.

Come Sept. 26, nine stockkeeping units will hit mdnaskin.com, Barneys New York counters on Madison Avenue and Beverly Hills and barneys.com, with a rollout to additional Barneys doors later this fall and in the spring (Barneys is the exclusive U.S. retail partner for one year). Prices range from $50 for The Face Wash to $600 for a Rejuvenator Set that includes a Chrome Clay Mask with a removal and penetration device (a version of the tool that only removes the mask is sold on its own for $180). Rounding out the group is The Serum, $240; The Eye Serum, $120; The Rose Mist, $120; The Eye Mask, $50 to $120; the Chrome Clay Mask, $120 to $220 and Mask Remover Sheets, $12. A Finishing Cream will join the lineup in Japan and the U.S. in November, followed by a Reinvention Cream and an Onyx Black Beauty Roller made with a high-density carbon that emits high infrared rays next year.

Madonna MDNA Skin

“I use the eye masks, I throw them in the freezer so they are icy cold. I sleep on my face so when I wake up my eyes are always puffy so I really need them. I put them on for a couple of minutes before I get out of bed. As they thaw out on your face, the ice aspect reduces inflammation and the serum has the hyaluronic acid in it. These are simple things. You can get on with your day and use them all,” said Madonna, who turned 59 on Wednesday.

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Madonna performs at Leonardo DiCaprio’s Gala

Madonna performed Ray Of Light, 4 Minutes, La Isla Bonita, Ghosttown and Open Your Heart at last night’s gala in St. Tropez

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Madonna at the opening of children’s wing of Malawi hospital

US pop superstar Madonna on Tuesday took her four adopted Malawian children to the opening of a paediatric hospital wing that her charity has built in their home country.

Standing alongside President Peter Mutharika, she unveiled a plaque to mark the completion of the 50-bed facility in Malawi’s second city of Blantyre. The Mercy James Institute of Paediatric Surgery and Intensive Care — named after one of her children — has taken two years to build and includes three specialist operating theatres.

Madonna Malawi Hospital openning

It is the first health unit for children in the southern African nation, and will doubled the capacity for paediatric care at the Queen Elizabeth hospital.

Earlier this year Madonna, 58, adopted twin girls from an orphanage in Malawi, where she has been a regular visitor for several years. Twins Estere and Stella, four years old, joined her other Malawian children Mercy James and David Banda, both aged 11.

Madonna, who set up her Raising Malawi charity in 2006, was greeted by traditional dancers and given a one-hour tour of the hospital, which was decorated with national flags and bunting. The wards have been designed with murals including images of Nelson Mandela and archbishop Desmond Tutu, while US actor Leonardo DiCaprio was listed on a wall as a major benefactor.

Madonna Malawi Hospital openning

Mutharika cut a blue ceremonial ribbon, and held it up to the cheering crowd.

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Patrick Leonard reveals titles of Like A Prayer demo tracks

My old friend and collaborator Bruce Gaitch just sent me this cassette. It’s the demos for Like a Prayer. Haven’t heard them since we did them. Should be interesting. #likeaprayer #madonna #demos

Like A Prayer Album Demos

Patrick Leonard via Instagram

Tracks are: Like A Prayer, Angelo (Angels With Dirty Faces), Spanish Eyes, Cherish, Little Girl (Promise To Try), Out Of Time (Till Death Do Us Part), Dear Jessie, Bossa Nova, 205 Jazz, Mid Tempo, #11, #12 and Dance.
He also revealed that Oh Father was not on the tape because it was recorded before these demos.

*UPDATE*

Thought I’d better break down the cassette before somebody losses their mind. They’re first day versions. So the day we wrote it. They have a lead vocal and some backgrounds. We worked from these versions and they became the records. The titles you recognize are what they say they are. Not produced. Without live players and strings and choirs etc. “Angels” is a song called Angels with dirty faces. It’s complete. And was never released. Good too. LIttle Girl is Promise to Try. Piano vocal like the record but not that version. Out of Time is Till Death do us Part. Boss’s Nova is a Latin feel idea that never got there. No vocal. Just an idea. 20’s jazz, the same, as is Mid Tempo. Sparks that made no fire. It happens. Side two of the tape is blank so #11, 12 and dance don’t exist. I can NOT release or put up snippets. I’d be drawn and quartered. Maybe I’ll try and organize some kind of private listening. It would have to be in space so let’s hit up Elon Musk. Wish I could release it all because I know how happy it would make you all. But, I can not. Respectfully. PL

Angel with dirty faces

Patrick Leonard via Instagram

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