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Malawi adoption claim 'untrue,' Madonna declares

Pop star Madonna says she hasn't applied to adopt more children from Malawi, calling earlier reports "untrue."

Pop star adopted David Banda and Mercy James in 2008, 2009

Madonna, seen at the Women's March in Washington on Saturday, has refuted reports she plans to adopt two more children from Malawi, the birthplace of her daughter Mercy James and son David Banda. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

Pop star Madonna says she hasn't applied to adopt more children from Malawi, calling earlier reports of that nature "untrue."

"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 American singer said in a statement, according to People and U.S. Weekly. 

"The rumours of an adoption process are untrue."

Earlier, the Associated Press cited a Malawi government spokesman named Mlenga Mvula saying Madonna had appeared before a High Court judge on Wednesday to apply to adopt two more children.

Madonna's adopted children Mercy James, left, and David Banda tour a new children's hospital unit funded by the pop star's charity, Raising Malawi, in Blantyre in July 2016. (Eldson Chagara/AFP/Getty Images)

In 2008, Madonna adopted David Banda and, a year later, adopted Mercy James.

The pop star founded the charity Raising Malawi in 2006 to address the poverty and hardship endured by the southern African country's orphans and vulnerable children.

Madonna also has two older children: daughter Lourdes, with former boyfriend Carlos Leon, and son Rocco, with ex-husband Guy Ritchie.

With files from The Associated Press

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