Malawi’s High Court has given the go ahead for Madonna to adopt twin girls, bringing the total of children she has taken in from the impoverished African country to four.
The US singer’s previous adoptions stirred anger among some Malawians who accused the government of allowing the pop star to skirt laws that ban non-residents from adopting children.
Madonna had denied reports that she wanted to adopt again after she visited Malawi last month, at the time saying her trip was for her charity work, but it has transpired she was seeking to take in Esther and Stella Mwale, as exclusively revealed by MailOnline.
It is thought they will all leave Malawi within the next 24 hours on a private jet destined for her home in New York.
Madonna was inside the courtroom when the approval ruling was delivered, Mlenga Mvula, a spokesman for Malawi’s judiciary said on Tuesday.
‘Today the High Court made a ruling that she should go ahead and adopt the two children,’ Mvula said, adding that the singer was smiling after the court’s ruling.
Mvula could not provide details on the children Madonna will adopting, saying it was against the law to divulge such particulars at this stage.
‘Within a year she should provide us with a home survey report which the court has ordered her to provide,’ Mvula said, referring to one of the conditions of the adoption.
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 January 25.
On the very same day, Madonna 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 had been submitted.
It has emerged officials who wrote a social worker’s report on Madonna’s suitability to adopt the twins gave her a glowing reference, MailOnline can reveal.
According to a insider at the High Court in Malawi’s capital, officials with the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare carried out a detailed investigation into Madonna and her home life after she submitted a 12-page application to adopt.
The source said the report only said complimentary things about the 58-year-old, and added: ‘The adoption was never really in doubt.
‘The report on Madonna was very complimentary about her suitability to adopt the children.
‘It counted very much in her favour that she has provided a stable home to two other orphans.’
The report would have looked into Madonna’s financial ability to care for the children as well as their subsequent education.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare told MailOnline: ‘All aspects of the prospective parents are investigated.’