Madonna faced uncomfortable questions in Malawi adoption process

Madonna performs at the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., on January 21, 2017.

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LILONGWE, Malawi -- Court documents in Malawi say Madonna was asked “uncomfortable questions” by a judge during the pop star’s successful application to adopt more children from the southern African country.

Judge Fiona Mwale detailed her reasons for letting Madonna adopt the 4-year-old twin girls in a ruling obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press.

In the ruling announced Tuesday, the judge says she is aware of Madonna’s career and is satisfied that the singer has the children’s best interests in mind.

Mwale says she didn’t challenge Madonna on Malawi’s residency requirements for adoption, saying the country’s Supreme Court of Appeal had addressed the issue in the pop star’s previous adoption.

The singer celebrated the court triumph with an Instagram post welcoming the two girls to her family. 

“I can officially confirm I have completed the process of adopting twin sisters from Malawi and am overjoyed that they are now part of our family,” she wrote. “I am deeply grateful to all those in Malawi who helped make this possible, and I ask the media please to respect our privacy during this transitional time.”

Last month, when word of her adoption application leaked, Madonna vehemently denied that she was expanding her family. 

“I am in Malawi to check on the children’s hospital in Blantyre and my other work with Raising Malawi and then heading home,” Madonna told People magazine in a statement. “The rumors of an adoption process are untrue.”

Madonna has two other adopted children from Malawi.