Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Madonna Offered to Leave David with His Dad

Madonna has revealed more about her plans to adopt 13-month-old David Banda from Malawi – including that David's father, Yohane Banda, turned down her offer of financial aid to help raise his son – in an interview with Meredith Vieira scheduled to air both on the Today show and Dateline NBC Wednesday.

"When I met (Yohane), I said I would be happy to … to bring (David) back to your village and help you financially raise him," the singer tells Vieira in the interview. "And he said no … I think he truly felt in his heart of hearts that – and who knows if he was telling me the truth – that he would have a better life with me. So, when he said no, that was my sign that it was my responsibility to look after him."

The singer, who practices Kabbalah, also addresses how her spiritual practices might influence David, who has been photographed wearing the red-stringed bracelet that is often associated with followers of the religion.

"I believe in Jesus and I study Kabbalah. So, I don't see why he can't too," says Madonna. "The essence of the Kabbalah is the teachings of Jesus. You know, love your neighbor as yourself."

She adds, however, that ultimately the choice will be up to David. "If David decides he wants to be a Christian, then so be it. Studying Kabbalah doesn't mean you can't be a Christian or a Buddhist or a Muslim or a Jew or whatever."

Madonna leaving Essex House Hotel after taping "Dateline"
/ NBC "Today" interview (October 31 2006)


hot said...

when is the madness going to stop? why is it that when celebrities adopt they treat them like royalty and get all types of publicity! it's so annoying!!

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