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If you follow Madonna on Instagram, you have probably noticed that she’s always posting videos and pictures of her kids—this often leads to a busy comment section ... The singer has six children in total, two are biological, and four are adopted from Malawi. The Queen of Pop recently posted an unexpected video of her son, David Banda. It attracted a lot of attention online, especially because Pride Month has just started. Many people are shocked by the 15-year-old’s diverse interests—he is proving that nobody has to go with the flow, not even a soccer player!
The Material Girl herself has adopted four children on top of the ones she already has with two past partners, and it looks like she is doing amazing at parenting. Her Instagram is filled with many videos of her kids, but one with David Banda recently astonished her followers!
Any fan of Madonna knows that the actress has supported her son from the very beginning. It was already a fight to adopt him, but she also moved to Portugal to support his passion for soccer. But it looks like David is not a typical teenager that enjoys playing ball. Instead, he is growing up in the diverse Gen Z era and showing others that you can be anyone you want to be!
The singer's four adopted kids are from Malawi, and she was publicly vilified for doing the most altruistic thing anyone can do. Clearly, she showers her children with tons of love, but Madonna has even admitted to being strict. Luckily, that has nothing to do with the way her children express themselves—David’s recent video shows that her children have the kind of freedom other parents would not allow.
Meanwhile, it looks like most of the kids are also taking to music. Madonna’s family videos are beautiful. Her kids sing and dance to their heart’s desire, and David is amazingly talented, just like his mother. So clearly, the naysayers were wrong because the Like A Virgin singer is rocking motherhood—but her mom-style is not something everybody agrees with or expected ...
Madonna’s first child is Lourdes Leon, born in 1996, with fitness guru Carlos Leon. The singer then married Guy Ritchie and had their son, Rocco, in 2000. The couple adopted David in 2006 before separating in 2008. Eventually, she went back to Malawi to adopt Mercy James in 2009, and in 2017, she fell in love with twins, Estere and Stella Mwale.
The singer got into big trouble when she decided to adopt David Banda. Apparently, Malawian law requires prospective parents to stay in the country for a year before taking a child. So some people believed that she had been banned from doing it and went against their wishes. However, that’s not the case. But everyone was mad at Madonna.
In 2013, the government said that Madonna had been a “bully” and a “diva” to officials and was allowed to do so because of her charity, Raising Malawi, in that country. They apparently tried to stop Mercy James’ adoption as well, but the singer appealed the decision and got to take the toddler home.
Meanwhile, Madonna talked to Oprah in 2006 to explain her side of the story. “There are no adoption laws in Malawi,” she told the famous talk show host. “And I was warned by my social worker that because there were no known laws in Malawi, they were more or less going to have to make them up as we went along. And she did say to me, ‘Pick Ethiopia. Go to Kenya. Don’t go to Malawi because you’re just going to get a hard time.'”
But Madonna is not one to quit a fight. Unfortunately, tabloids truly went after her for doing something unbelievable. “Every newspaper said I kidnapped him,” she told People in 2017. “In my mind, I was thinking, ‘Wait a minute. I’m trying to save somebody’s life. Why are you all [expletive] on me right now?’ I did everything by the book. That was a real low point for me. I would cry myself to sleep.”
Luckily, the singer got through all the bad press and continued helping with her charity. Eventually, she returned to Malawi for Mercy and the twins, Estere and Stella, in 2017. You can check how they have grown and love their family on Madonna’s Instagram. Interestingly, she adopted the girls as a single mother.
You might be hearing about Lourdes Leon a lot more, as she opened her own Instagram account and is going to continue her career. She is best known as Lola and went to school with Timothée Chalamet. “I respect him a lot. We were a little item. My first boyfriend,” Leon told Vanity Fair. But, of course, Madonna's other kids are also insanely talented!
While the singer posts many videos of her children showing talents, David seems to have all kinds of interests. He can dance, play soccer, and is also proficient in piano as well as guitar. Last year, Madonna posted a tribute video celebrating his birthday. She captioned it, “How wonderful life is while you're in the world!”
Meanwhile, the singer told Vogue UK in 2019 that she has “most in common” with David out of all her children. You can definitely see how that’s the case with his talented dancing and singing on her video. But the 15-year-old still has to grow up before he decides if the entertainment business is his calling.
Luckily, he has inherited Madonna’s work habit. “What he has more than anything is focus and determination,” the singer added. “I'm pretty sure he got it from me. He's the one I have the most in common with. I feel like he gets me; he has more of my DNA than any of my children so far.”
It’s amazing how adopted children can seem so much like their parents, and it’s also proof of Madonna’s great skills as a mother. Furthermore, the entire family, including Madonna’s boyfriend Ahlamalik Williams, attended David’s soccer game earlier this year in Hidden Hills, California.
People have criticized the Material Girl for many things over the years, and dating a younger man has always been frowned upon. However, Williams is 35 years younger than the singer, and they have already been dating for two years. They originally met in 2015, when he worked as a backup dancer on her Rebel Heart Tour.
Unfortunately, there are still people waiting to judge anything. “People have always been trying to silence me for one reason or another,” Madonna told the magazine. “So they keep trying to find a hook to hang their beef about me being alive on. Now I’m fighting ageism. Now I’m being punished for turning 60.”
Luckily, she pays no mind to haters and is focused on her goals. The singer cares about younger generations and hates the idea that people wanted her to feud with female artists like Lady Gaga. Madonna made it clear that they have never been enemies. But society loves pitting women against each other.
While she hopes to be an inspiration to others without drama, the truth is that Madonna didn’t receive a lot of support while building her career. She could only emulate other women who broke barriers in their respective businesses, such as Frida Kahlo. But no one thought she would make it.
“There are no living role models for me,” she continued. “Because nobody does what I do. And that’s scary. I can look back at women who I think were great and amazing – freedom fighters, like Simone de Beauvoir or Angela Davis – but they didn’t have kids.” So, therefore, Madonna is proving that you can have it all!
Despite having four underage children still, Madonna has managed to stay creative. Her work has not been affected, and she has also continued to be politically active. Not many women are in her position, and hopefully, more will take inspiration from the singer. You don’t have to sacrifice if you don’t want to.
The singer expressed a bit of jealousy when it comes to Lola. She said that her daughter is talented and great at everything she tries. Additionally, Lourdes is great at the piano and has inherited all the best parts of Madonna. But there’s something completely different about her, and it’s a bit worrisome.
Madonna said that it looks like Lola is “plagued” by social media and that the younger girl might always be in her mother’s shadow. However, the singer has told her to look up to other children of celebrities such as Zoë Kravitz, who has made a solid name for herself in the past decades. Eventually, Lola will be able to do the same.
Additionally, the singer said that Lola doesn’t have “the same drive” that she did. However, that could be because she has a great mom, whereas Madonna didn’t have one. Furthermore, the young girl also grew up with money, unlike the Queen of Pop. So they are bound to be different.
Meanwhile, Madonna still has to co-parent with two former partners but has said she is “in charge.” Meanwhile, the artist opened up to People in 2017 about her adoption story and being a mother to her amazing children. Raising six kids is not easy, but the singer would not change anything about her experience.
Regardless, the situation is bound to be complicated at times. Lola’s dad is Carlos Leon, while Rocco’s father is Guy Ritchie. The other kids were adopted, which also means that there are many diverse backgrounds in the house. However, Madonna tries to impart the same wisdom to all her children, and she loves them unconditionally.
Unfortunately, the Material Girl was involved in a huge custody battle with ex-husband Guy Ritchie over custody of Rocco in 2016. They fought over Rocco’s living arrangements, as he was supposed to return to New York with his mother at some point. But he stayed in London. Luckily, they settled things after months of fighting, and the now-20-year-old is living his best life.
The singer used to believe that raising children would become easier as they grow up. But, while they learn to take care of themselves, it’s actually even more difficult as they get older. Madonna explained that they need more guidance as adults, and she tries to do her best.
Sometimes, she might even seem like “the bad cop.” However, Madonna admitted that she is normally the one that says no. For several years, David and Mercy didn’t have cellphones, although all their friends had them. But the singer was comfortable with that decision. It’s been several years since her interview with People, and it looks like she eventually allowed it.
In her words, Madonna is just trying “to set a good example.” That work goes beyond just raising her kid well. She is involved in Raising Malawi, which brings education and health services to children in need in that country. In 2017, the entire family visited again for the Mercy James Center for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care inauguration. But what about David's surprising video?
Madonna recently posted a video of David on her Instagram, where the 15-year-old is walking around their house in a white silk Mae Couture dress. The singer added the hit song “The Power” by Snap in the footage while her son moved with all kinds of confidence around the mansion.
He was also wearing a pair of rectangular sunglasses, and the video also showed a few pictures of him outside under a few palm trees. The dress is ankle-length and has black-painted letters all over. Furthermore, David had a pair of basketball shoes, but he looked completely comfortable in the gown.
You can see several parts of their house as David walks around, but he ends up in the kitchen where other people have gathered. He goes to the counter to get some grapes and talks about wearing the dress. "I low-key like wearing... like, it's so freeing, you know what I mean?" he said.
Meanwhile, the singer added the caption, “Confidence is Everything.......... #davidbanda @mae_couture #snap." It’s important to understand that the world has changed considerably, and anyone can be comfortable in a dress regardless of gender norms. So naturally, the video received tons of supportive comments from her fans and friends alike.
People were so shocked by the video because David Banda doesn’t seem like the kind of young teenager comfortable in a dress—he is an avid soccer player. So much so that the whole family moved to Portugal so that he could train better. So yes, Madonna is now a “soccer mom.”
The singer told Vogue Italia in 2018 that being a soccer mom is completely time-consuming because you never know if they have a game or whether they’ll have to travel for it. “It’s impossible to make plans, and then you feel like you’re not fair to your other kids or being fair to me!” she added.
But it’s fantastic to see how David Banda is growing up being taught that you are not just one thing. You can be an amazing soccer player and rock the most amazing dress like anyone else. He is the embodiment of Gen Z. Additionally, the young teen has the best example, as Madonna is all about family.
It seems that the family divides their time into several parts of the world. But earlier this year, they were all spotted in Hidden Hills, California, for David’s game. Madonna’s boyfriend was there to support him as well as her daughters. The singer posted a video highlight of the game, and Mercy was cheering on her brother.
It’s not easy seeing Madonna out in public so openly. She was dressed in black and white with a cowboy hat. Additionally, it seems that all her children are completely comfortable around Ahlamalik, as David came over and hugged him when the game ended. That can only mean some wonderful things.
Meanwhile, fans should expect good news from the singer at some point. There’s a film about her Madame X Tour coming out soon. Madonna told her followers that it would premiere in October. It should have some interesting musical moments worldwide and probably show the aftermath of canceling the tour.
The tour promoted Madonna’s 14th studio album, released in June 2019, and it was the first time since the ‘80s that the singer had been in smaller venues. But that only means more exclusivity. The first leg included 16 shows at the Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn.
The film will premiere on Netflix and include some of the tour's best moments, including scenes with the “Madame X” alter ego that Madonna perfected for this show. Unfortunately, the singer had to cancel many concert dates because of her knee and hip issues. But she is a warrior!
In December 2019, the singer posted on Instagram telling her fans that she would not quit or give up. “However, this time, I have to listen to my body and accept that my pain is a warning. I want to say how deeply sorry I am to all my fans for having to cancel my last show,” Madonna wrote.
Although she canceled a few North American concerts, the singer continued with the tour. But, unfortunately, everything ended in Paris on March 8, 2020, when the government prohibited such grand gatherings. Additionally, the world stopped afterward. But as the world situation winds down, Madonna might be able to get back on the road!
It seems like Madonna is doing terrific at motherhood. She is also an amazing philanthropist working to help other kids in need. Let us know what you thought of David’s fabulous video. If you liked this article, share it with your friends. See you next time!