Madonna is trying to adopt four-year-old twin sisters from Malawi, MailOnline can reveal.
The girls, called Stella and Esther, have lived together in an orphanage for two years.
The 58-year-old singer applied for custody of the girls at the High Court in the capital Lilongwe on Wednesday morning.
The mother-of-four could have to wait up to three weeks to find out if she has been successful.
Madonna yesterday denied she was in the African country to adopt any more children, and insisted she was only there to visit a children’s hospital and her charity.
But Lucy Bandazi, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare, told MailOnline all the paperwork have been submitted and the application was being carefully considered.
‘Madonna has lodged an application with the High Court to adopt two girls. They are aged four years old.
‘All the necessary paperwork is before the High Court and they will make the ultimate decision if the adoption can go ahead.’
After being spotted at the court, Madonna released a statement through US magazine People, trying to quash the adoption claims.