MADONNA'S BABY LUCA COULD BE HOME IN A WEEK WORLD EXCLUSIVE
Pop queen adopts one-year-old boy after falling for him during emotional visit to African orphanage She will see her new son again today Star picked him from a line-up of 12 Guy made secret visits to smooth way Alice Walker In Malawi POP Queen Madonna is adopting an African baby boy called Luca, The People can reveal.
And the multi-millionaire mum of two could even bring the year-old orphan back to Britain this week. Madonna, 48, has repeatedly denied plans to adopt during a visit to poverty-ridden Malawi. But sources say her hubby Guy Ritchie has made up to four secret trips to the southern African country in the past six months to smooth the way. And the singer has already had emotional meetings with Luca on Wednesday and yesterday. She is expected to visit him again today - Mother's Day in Malawi.
The couple have also hired a top lawyer in Malawi's capital Lilongwe in a bid to speed up the adoption process. Government officials revealed they were instructed to draw up a list of 12 boys for Madonna. And she picked out cute little Luca when she met them for the first time last Wednesday at the Mchinji Mission Orphanage. She and film director Guy, 38, were mobbed by smiling youngsters as they toured the centre, which is home to 100 babies and 300 older children. Dressed in white linen trousers, a white shirt and a safari hat, Madonna looked relaxed and happy as she lovingly cuddled a dozen babies before choosing Luca. An onlooker said: "The visit was kept firmly under wraps and no one knew she was going." Yesterday, Madonna and Guy returned to the orphanage - which the couple are supporting with a lucrative donation. The megastar waved and smiled as the children sang her songs and applauded. An onlooker said: "It was amazing - she's bringing such happiness to these sad children. "You could tell by their faces how delighted they were. "She may be adopting just one child but she is helping the whole orphanage and they are all very grateful for that. "The money she is giving will make a huge difference to them." Hundreds of cheering locals lined the route as the entourage left later.
Madonna - who already has a daughter Lourdes, nine, and son Rocco, six - hopes to fast-track the adoption plan so she can take Luca with her when she leaves Malawi on Friday. She and Guy have instructed top Malawian lawyer Alan Chinula to take on the case. Mr Chinula confirmed: "I am due to meet with a representative of Madonna concerning the adoption soon." But the Material Girl faces a tricky legal battle to collect Luca in the next few days. Adoptions in Malawi usually take at least six weeks and she may have to get a magistrates' court to approve the move. There could also be problems getting the tot a passport. A local source said: "At the moment the immigration office has run out of stationery and is unable to produce any official documents. "And the couple may have to become foster parents for 18 to 24 months before they can finalise the adoption - although that would enable them to take him home immediately." The source added: "To get it all sorted in one week is pretty unlikely. "But anything can be done if you have enough money and know the right people. "It is all about finding the right lawyer and the right social welfare officer. "It is possible to cut corners if you go about it the right way." Madonna had hoped the best way to cut corners was through Acting Head of State, Chimuntha Banda - who can rubberstamp adoptions - and she ordered aides to fix up a summit with him on Friday. Speaking before the meeting was due, Mr Banda said he was baffled by Madonna's refusal to confirm her plans. And he revealed she had refused his plea to hold a press conference about them. He said: "I can't understand why it is so under wraps. "This 's a good opportunity for her to express herself and to promote understanding for the problems we are facing here." He added: "Adoption is definitely on the agenda and when we meet we will be discussing it." But Madonna later infuriated Mr Banda by trying to reschedule her meeting with him - and later postponing it for several days.
Meanwhile, the singer has given almost £2million towards building another orphanage in the country for up to 4,000 children as part of her Raising Malawi charity project.
As The People revealed last month, Madonna and Guy decided to adopt an African baby in a bid to save their troubled marriage.