The nanny in sole charge of Madonna’s adopted son David Banda has left suddenly – despite plans for the star to adopt another baby from Malawi.
It was revealed yesterday that the nanny, an Australian called Angela
, had handed in her notice, only to be told by the 50-year-old singer to leave before the notice period was complete.
A source said: ‘Angela is distraught. Madonna told her the news two hours before she was due to go on her annual month-long leave.
‘Angela was incredibly upset and very surprised because she had been told that Madonna is due to adopt a second baby from Malawi very soon.’
It is understood that Angela, who was working for Madonna in New York, handed in her notice earlier this month.
‘The rumour is that Madonna was furious that Angela was leaving and dismissed her before she had the chance to complete her full notice,’ a source who works closely with the singer said last night.
‘All Madonna’s employees work incredibly long hours, so it’s no surprise that Angela had had enough. If you work for Madonna you are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There’s no such thing as a weekend.’
The timing could not be more inconvenient for Madonna, who confirmed last week that she is planning to return to Malawi in the next couple of months to adopt another child.Sources say that because of the star’s punishing work schedule she is hugely dependent on a team of carers who look after her three children – Lourdes, Rocco and David, whom she adopted in Malawi two years ago. According to her aides, a personal assistant will be sent there next month to select a baby and ensure the official documentation is in place.
When Madonna and her former husband Guy Ritchie adopted David, the move was mired in controversy.
Malawian officials initially refused to allow the then 13-month-old boy to leave because the official paperwork was not in place.
Civil rights activists also opposed the adoption, accusing the singer of using her celebrity status to circumvent Malawi’s laws that say prospective parents have to live there for 18 months.
It was only after a two-year legal wrangle that a High Court judge finally awarded Madonna and Ritchie permanent custody.
Yesterday, David Banda’s biological father, Yohane Banda, revealed he has been told to prepare himself for a meeting with Madonna.
Mr Banda, 33, said officials from the pop star’s charity, Raising Malawi, had sent word of a visit, which would be ‘very soon’.
But the fact that Madonna is determined to adopt another child is also said to have infuriated Ritchie, who is already concerned about the custody arrangements involving the couple’s children.
A friend said yesterday: ‘Guy has already had to make plans to be around for most of the summer to look after the kids because Madonna is working. No one knows how she will cope without a nanny. She depends on her staff very heavily.’
Last night a spokesman for Madonna said: ‘I do not comment on household issues but I can assure you that David and Madonna’s other two children are very well taken care of at all times.’ ( Collapse )