Madonna has been granted permission to adopt twin girls from Malawi less than two weeks after denying she was looking to expand her family.
The Like A Virgin popstar has been granted an adoption order for twins Esther and Stella, four, by the Malawi High Court, and is free to take them to the US.
Madonna will be under observation by the court for a year before the adoption process is finalised, and a home study must be submitted to authorities.
The court proceedings took place in Judge Fiona Mwale’s chambers with no media allowed to witness what was happening.
Madonna filed for adoption of the twins on January 25 – but denied the claims that same day.
The singer insisted at the time she was not adopting more children, following claims she made the application in person during a visit to the country’s capital city of Lilongwe, according to AFP.
Madonna told The People : “I am in Malawi to check on the children’s hospital in Blantyre and my other work with Raising Malawi and then heading home.
“The rumors of an adoption process are untrue.”
Mlenga Mvula, a spokesman for the Lilongwe High Court, had claimed the 58-year-old applied in person.
He said: “The court is looking at the application now to determine whether Madonna can adopt these two children.”
Madonna appeared before Justice Fiona Mwale last month accompanied by two unidentified children and several other people, before being driven away in an SUV vehicle.
Madonna is already mother to Lourdes, 19, her daughter with ex Carlos Leon, son Rocco, 15, from her marriage to Guy Ritchie, and David Banda, 11, and Mercy, also 11, whom she adopted.
A source told the Mirror: “Madonna has a deep affiliation with Malawi and has always wanted to do what she can to help those in need.
“Not only does she oversee her charity she is determined to try and give it’s children a better life.”
It is not be the first time Madonna has adopted a child from Malawi.
In October 2006, Madonna adopted David as she visited the country doing charity work. She returned to the country David last year so he could receive his tribal name.
She adopted Mercy three years later.
Madonna recently spoke about her love for Malawi in an interview with Billboard, saying: “I’ve been working in Malawi for over a decade. I have a huge commitment and love for the country and I will never desert them. I adopted my two children that I’m so lucky to have living in my house right now.”