Madonna’s adoption hopes fade

Madonna faces fresh adoption battle after Mercy's father fights for custody

Madonna’s hopes of adopting Malawian toddler Mercy James are looking less likely by the day after the child’s father said he will fight for custody of her himself.

James Kambewa, who has never actually met Mercy after abandoning her mother while she was still pregnant, says he wants to spare the three-year-old from a lifetime of ‘scandal’.

‘She is my daughter; she is my blood; she needs parental love,’ 23-year-old Kambewa told the Daily Mail. ‘She is not an orphan. She lost one parent, yes, but I am still alive and so she is not an orphan.

‘Madonna has millions of dollars but that doesn’t make her a good mum. Parental love is more than money.’

He has written to the Human Rights Consultative Committee, who are already campaigning against Madonna’s adoption plea being requested, asking for them to help him gain a permanent injunction against Madonna adopting the little girl, who has been in an orphanage ever since her mother died.

‘I don’t think Madonna is a model mum,’ he continues. ‘I have seen her in movies of her songs. She doesn’t portray good morals.

‘How can a woman of 50 dance almost naked on stage? I wouldn’t want my daughter to grow up like that! In Malawi, women respect themselves. Cultured women do not go about half-naked.

‘I also heard after her marriage failed she is already seeing two men, both very younger than her and her ex-husband. I hear one of them is even less than half her age. That’s scandalous. How can a normal woman fall for a boy who can as well be her son? No, spare my Mercy that scandal.’

The Human Rights Consultative Committee yesterday confirmed they had received James’ letter and were deciding whether to appoint him a lawyer or not.

An appeal hearing over Madonna’s failed adoption request is set to be held next Monday.

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