Madonna's Son Meets His Biological Father

Filed under: Celeb Parents

MadonnaThere are very few celebrities left in the world who can command media attention virtually any time of the year, no matter what else is going on. This week the news is full of government bailouts, tax increases, Afghanistan – and Madonna. Give the Material Mom credit for one thing: She's still got that special something that makes folks take notice.

This time around, it's her effort to adopt a second Malawian child. The hearing has been delayed until Friday, so Madge stayed in the African village with all three of her kids – 12-year-old Lourdes, 8-year-old Rocco, and adopted son David, 3, who met with his biological father on Tuesday.

David's dad, Yohane, described their meeting, in a way that is kind of heart-breaking: "He asked me who I was. When I told him 'I am your daddy' he looked surprised...He asked me lots of questions about lots of things. He asked me whether I ride horses. I told him horses are for the rich and he asked me why I am poor. He told me his mum likes riding horses and that he too rides horses."Yohane went on to say that Madonna is "a sweet lady," and that he is sad about her divorce from Guy Ritchie (whom Yohane refers to as David's "daddy"). Most tellingly, though, Yohane said that he has no regrets about giving David up.

"I was very happy to meet David again. He reminds me of the two sons I lost in infancy. I sometimes shudder to think that David could also have met the same fate had Madonna not adopted him. I am really grateful to her for saving David from possible early death."

So maybe we should stop saying that Madonna adopting Mercy James is a bad thing. Clearly her life will be better in the U.K., no matter how many family members she has in Malawi.

As an aside, David looks like a cute, happy toddler, and Lourdes looks like she's about to start college. I'm always amazed at how much faster girls mature than boys. She's a cute kid, and whatever else we want to say about Madonna (and believe me, there's plenty to say if one wants to go there), she appears to be a doting mom. That has to be worth something, don't you think?

Brett Singer is the editor-in-chief of

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