Madonna's Adoption Bid Fails
Madonna has arrived back in the UK empty handed after failing in her bid to adopt a second child from Malawi.
A local court in the southern African nation ruled that the singer wasn't eligible for the adoption under the country's residency rules – they may have also seen those saucy photos taken with Madge and a young buck recently for an ad campaign.
It was assumed that Madonna's people would be able to find a way around the red tape - which states prospective parents must live in the country for at least 18 months - but that hasn't been the case. In fact, many are lamenting that this could be the first time Madonna has been told that she can't have something that she wants!
In the meantime, Chifundo James, whose name translates into English as Mercy (the press are loving this), continues to live in an orphanage - the same orphanage that was home to David Banda, Madonna's first adopted child.
Speaking with the Sunday Telegraph, the girl's uncle, Peter Baneti, expressed the family's displeasure at the court ruling, noting Mercy would be better off in the UK. "We as a family discussed this and agreed that it is in the best interests of Mercy to have her adopted; so why should the judge stop this if the family is OK with it?"
The singer has since confirmed she will appeal the decision.