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Madonna To Defend Adoption Stateside

Madonna and David Banda, the Malawian child she is attempting to adopt, boarded a flight bound for the U.S. on Sunday, according to The Associated Press.

The singer will do sit down interviews that will be taped for the "Today" show and "Dateline NBC," a press release from the network said.

Photographers shot pictures of the pop star as she carried the 13-month-old through London's Heathrow Airport. London's Daily Mail reported today that she was accompanied by her 10-year-old daughter, Lourdes, and 6-year-old son, Rocco.

Meredith Vieira will chat with the pop star in an interview airing Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 on "Today." Another segment of the interview will air on "Dateline NBC" on Nov. 1 at 10 p.m.

She appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" last week. On the broadcast she defended the adoption and spoke of how well he was adjusting to his new family.

On Friday a Malawian judge held a closed-door hearing about the adoption. Another hearing was set for Nov. 13, during which lawyers will submit arguments for why the adoption should be reviewed, the AP reported.

Madonna and her husband, Guy Ritchie, were given temporary custody of the boy earlier this month. David's father Yohane Banda said he was too poor to raise the child whose mother died after childbirth.
By Amy Bonawitz

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