The father of the twin girls pop-music icon Madonna just adopted in Malawi, is in shock at the prospect of not seeing his daughters again.
Adam Mwale, father of 4-year old Esther and Stella, has appeared in front of the press for the first time, and commented he had not realized the adoption was a permanent thing.
Mwale had first learned of Madonna’s interest in the twins last May, and that she wanted to educate them. He was under the impression that they would be coming back to Malawi from time to time. He is now claiming he was misled into believing the arrangement with Madonna was not a permanent one.
The Malawian government has already given Madonna permission to adopt Esther and Stella, and she took them with her on her private jet last week back to New York. “That cannot be true,” 40-year old Mwale said. He thought the singer was only going to be fostering the girls.
“They would always be my children, and I would always be their daddy,” Mwale insists, horrified at having to listen the court-appointed guardian say he had abandoned his family to marry another woman after the death of his wife, Patricia, which he claims are “terrible lies.” He had five other children, between ages 8 and 20, before the twins.
Mwale said he personally took the girls to the orphanage after his wife died. He said they were a happy couple. “I wanted the hospital to help but they said the orphanage was the best place. Everyone in the village knows I just wanted the best for them,” he added. He visited them regularly, and brought them dresses and items for them to attend school.