Madonna doesn’t typically share much when it comes to her personal and family lives. With the joyful celebration of her twin daughters’ 9th birthday, however, she decided to share the special day with fans and her 16.4 million followers. Between a new photo set posted to her feed and a 20-panel Instagram Story, Madonna showed off some of the family’s special moments over the years.
The posts chronicle Stella and Estere’s growth since joining Madonna’s family back in 2017 from Malawi. The two sisters dance, engage in rap battles, and dress up in play wigs together. They often enjoy wearing matching outfits as well.
Kelly Rippa joins the thousands of commenters leaving hearts. Other commenters mention the beautiful family dynamic: “Can always feel the deep love that you have for your family through your pics.”
Madonna Speaks About Her Adoption Journey
Madonna loves being a mom to her 6 children, but the journey hasn’t always been easy for her– especially in terms of adoption. A lot of people assume that she gets special treatment for her pop icon status, but this is simply not the case she says. Actually, being a public figure made the adoption process more difficult. The adoption agencies she worked with didn’t want to be accused of showing any favoritism towards the star, so Madonna wasn’t always treated the kindest.
Then, after her adoptions were finalized, Madonna had to fight the press. She talked to People about the difficult experience.
“Every newspaper said I kidnapped him,” Madonna says. “In my mind, I was thinking, ‘Wait a minute. I’m trying to save somebody’s life. Why are you all s—-ing on me right now?’ I did everything by the book. That was a real low point for me. I would cry myself to sleep.”
Despite the emotional hardships, she holds that it “was all worth it in the end.”
Malawi Is a Special Place
Malawi is located in South-East Africa and has a special place in Madonna’s heart. This is where she met four of her children: David, Mercy, Stella, and Estere. The country left a lasting impact on the icon, who has tried to give back over the years in terms of philanthropy.
In 2006, Madonna was inclined to start the charity and advocacy foundation, Raising Malawi. All of their efforts are focused around supporting orphaned children. Through this foundation, Madonna also worked on an award-winning documentary called “I Am Because We Are” that follows eight Malawian orphans.
Then, in 2017, Madonna helped open the Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care at the Queen Central Hospital in Malawi. This was the first facility of its kind in the entire country. Take a look at this video she posted from its opening: