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Adoption hullabaloo irks Madonna

The pop diva feels there are issues more severe plaguing the world, than her adopting a Malawian orphan.

india Updated: Nov 01, 2006 19:43 IST

Pop diva Madonna is shocked that her adoption of a 13-month-old Malawian orphan has created such a hullabaloo worldwide.

"With all the chaos, pain and suffering in the world, the fact that my adoption of a child…who was living in an orphanage, you know, was the number one story for a week in the world.

To me, that says more about our inability to focus on the real problems. And our desires to have distractions and to be consumed with people's personal lives and gossip," Madonna was quoted by Eonline, as saying.

Madonna has said that it wasn't until she returned to London that she realised everyone had an opinion, whether it was that the pop star was doing it for the attention, or that she had received special treatment because of her celebrity status. Or, others said, she had taken this little boy away from his father, who didn't fully understand that his son was going away for good.

"When I had my daughter [Lourdes], people accused me that I did it as a publicity stunt. I expected that. I didn't expect to be accused of kidnapping, or of doing something illegal. I didn't expect to be demonised," she added.

Last week on Oprah, Madonna blamed the media for clouding David's father's view of what went down earlier this month in Malawi.

She also revealed that she offered David’s father Yohane Banda assistance if he wanted to resume caring for his son, whom he placed in an orphanage about one month after his wife died a week after David's birth.

"When I met him, I said 'I would be happy to facilitate to bring him back to your village and help you financially,'" Madonna recalled. "And he said 'no.' "I couldn't really understand that decision…I don't want to judge him. And I don't know his life. And, you know, I believe he remarried and had moved to another village and was kind of getting on with his life. So, when he said no, that was my sign that—that, you know, it was my responsibility to look after him."

"I think it's still considered taboo," she said. "I have people say to me when I'm walking down the street, 'Why did you adopt a black child?' I don't dignify their question with a reply. But there is a lot of racism in the world."

"A lot of people have a problem with the fact that I've adopted an African child, a child who has a different color skin than I do,” she said.

First Published: Nov 01, 2006 19:43 IST