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Madonna News - September 2007

Adoption official visits Madonna

Pop star Madonna has been visited by a child welfare official from Malawi to assess whether she should be allowed to adopt a child from the African country. Simon Chisale was seen leaving the singer’s home in London, but refused to comment to waiting reporters.

Madonna and her husband, film director Guy Ritchie, were granted an 18-month interim custody order of David Banda, then 13 months old, last October.

Mr Chisale is due to file a report on their suitability as adoptive parents.

The interim custody order could be revoked if officials believed David had been treated differently from the couple’s other children – 10-year-old Lourdes and Rocco, who is six – or if they felt the toddler’s rights were being violated.

The adoption will only receive final approval when Malawi’s authorities are satisfied that the child is being properly cared for.
Mr Chisale’s visit comes after another Malawian official was removed from the case for allegedly taking money from the singer.

On Monday, a top civil servant in the ministry responsible for child welfare, Adrina Mchiela, stated that Madonna had been funding a member of ministry staff.

The singer was said to have paid for tuition and living expenses whilst an employee was studying in Britain.

But Madonna has denied using her celebrity status to evade Malawian laws during the adoption process.

Her spokeswoman stated there had been ‘absolutely no interference’ with government officials and ‘no use of Madonna’s ‘celebrity” to speed up the adoption process.

And Madonna’s lawyer in Malawi said he was co-operating with Mr Chisale.

source : bbc

“Madonna inspires me” – Rihanna

Rihanna has confessed that she gains much of her fashion prowess from Madonna.

“I take a lot of inspiration from Madonna on stage,” the 19-year-old songstress confided to

“I love her costumes – they’re so creative. They’re very bold and fearless, and they make her seem like a very powerful and independent woman.”

source: thisissouthwales

Elton John apologizes to Madonna at GQ Awards

It’s taken two years, but Sir Elton John and Madonna have finally ended their high-profile feud.

The pair fell out after Elton, 60, publicly accused Madge of lip-synching after she won a Best Live Act award in 2004.

‘Madonna, best f**king live act? F*** off! Since when has lip-synching been live?’ he declared.

Now they’re put their differences behind them and have kissed and made up at the GQ Men Of The Year Awards in London.

‘[I’ve] written a grovelling apology and offered to join the Kabbalah,’ Elton joked on stage as he introduced Madonna, 49.

source : now magazine

Drunk Lily Allen chatted over Madonna speech

Ily Allen had to leave early from the GQ Men of the Year Awards in London, as the singer was too drunk to stay.

The 22-year-old LDN singer also caused a stir after she loudly chatted all the way through Madonna’s speech on stage.

Madge was at the event to hand out an Inspiration Award to her interior designer friend David Collins, but her speech was punctuated with a drunken Lily’s loud comments.

One audience member told the Daily Mail: “Lily was being rude and loud, she was chatting all of the way through and it was painfully obvious.

“At first nobody noticed but then it was evident what she was doing – even Madge gave her a look.”

After enjoying the free bar a little too much, the Littlest Things songstress then promptly fell over as she tried to visit the toilet, so her record label staff stepped in and suggested she left.

“Lily was drunk and wasn’t quite aware of what she was doing. It was felt best that she left there before any real trouble started,” the source added.

source : contactmusic

Statement From Liz Rosenberg Regarding Madonna’s Adoption

The plans to finalize the adoption of Madonna and Guy Ritchie’s son, David, are proceeding as outlined almost a year ago — the day the Malawian Government granted them their ‘interim’ adoption.

There has been absolutely no interference with Government Officials or use of Madonna’s ‘celebrity’ to speed up this adoption as reported. All appropriate legal requirements are being followed, including a home visit.

Madonna and her entire family look forward to being granted the final adoption early next year — 18 months following the original interim adoption order.

source : marketwire

Madonna adoption worker replaced

The Malawian social worker assigned to assess Madonna’s suitability to adopt a child from the African country has been removed from the case.

Penstone Kilembe was due to visit the pop star in London this week to assess toddler David Banda’s progress.

But he has been replaced by welfare officer Simon Chisale after court action by the Malawian government.

It is unclear if his removal is linked to claims he obtained cash and an air ticket from Madonna without approval.

Mr Chisale is expected in London on Tuesday to carry out the assessment.

Mr Kilembe, who returned to Malawi on Monday after attending a conference in the US, said he had not heard of the move and denied any wrongdoing.

‘I am not aware of these developments. I have just arrived from New York and nobody from my office has told me anything. I will be in the office tomorrow,’ he said.

Madonna and her husband, film director Guy Ritchie, were granted an 18-month interim custody order of David, then 13 months old, in October 2006.

In an affidavit presented to the court, child welfare officials said Mr Kilembe was leaving the ministry and ‘moving on to a new posting’, but did not go into detail.

Mr Chisale, the country’s chief social welfare officer, confirmed he had been appointed to replace Mr Kilembe but refused to discuss the adoption further.

Madonna’s lawyer in Malawi said he was co-operating with Mr Chisale.

A further inspection has been scheduled for December, and a report is expected to be filed before the courts by February 2008.
A judge will then decide whether the Madonna and her husband are suitable adoptive parents.

Their custody order could be revoked if it is found that David was being treated differently from their other children, Lourdes, 10, and Rocco, six, or if the toddler’s rights were being violated in any way.

source : bbc