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Yohane Banda: “I have healed my rift with Madonna”

The father of Madonna’s adopted son has healed his rift with the superstar, MailOnline can reveal.

‘There was a rift and it has now been healed.’

Madonna took son Rocco, daughter Lourdes and adopted daughter Mercy to David’s home village of Lipunga, close to Malawi’s border with Zambia to see his family and receive his tribal name.

Yohane said any tension disappeared as soon as he clapped eyes on 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 extremely positive about Madonna. I can do nothing but praise her,’ he told MailOnline.

‘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.’

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.

‘They were a joyful, happy family,’ he added. ‘They were very close.’

The brothers, who are said to be particularly close, were both given traditional names. David was named Sezangakhona and Rocco, Zwangendawa.

Mercy, meanwhile, had not forgotten the language of her birth and was playing with the children in the village.

Daily Mail