American pop icon, Madonna is sharing a bit about her private life on the cover of People Magazine.
The mother of six, who co-founded RaisingMalawi, a non-profit that provides help for Malawian orphans and children discussed the emotional journey and challenges she faced while trying to adopt.
She brought son David, 11, home from Malawi in 2008, a baby battling with both pneumonia and malaria who she instantly connected with.
‘Every newspaper said I kidnapped him, in my mind, I was thinking, ‘Wait a minute. I’m trying to save somebody’s life. Why are you all s—-ing on me right now?’ I did everything by the book.’
It was a ‘real low point’ said Madonna, revealing she would always cry herself to sleep after it happened.
The singer recently split from ex-husband, Guy Ritchie, and tried to adopt Mercy, 11, which was more difficult. The Malawian officials said she was ‘not capable of raising a child’ but eventually she succeeded and brought Mercy home in 2009.
And just this year, Madonna adopted five-year-old orphaned twins, Estere and Stella, whom she met years ago, a process she described as stressful.
‘Because I’m a public figure, people don’t want to be perceived as giving me any kind of special treatment, so I get the hard road.’