When Madonna initiated the adoption of a Malawian boy, she was “saving a life,” the singer told David Letterman on Thursday, as she called for increased adoption from the African nation.
“There’s over a million orphans in Malawi, and in my opinion the laws need to change because these children need to be rescued,” the Material Mom said on CBS’s “Late Show.”
Madonna, 48, said she had been warned that pursuing an adoption from the country could be difficult.
“My social worker ... said, ‘Good luck. You’re going to be making it up as you go along,”’ the pop star recalled, according to a show transcript released Thursday evening. “She didn’t say don’t do it, but she just said expect challenges, and, boy, did we get them.”
Madonna and her husband, movie director Guy Ritchie, 38, have been allowed to take 1-year-old David Banda to their home in London. She has two other children, Lourdes, 9, and Rocco, 6.
Yohane Banda surrendered his son to an orphanage after his wife died last year. The couple’s two other sons died in infancy from malaria. Banda has said he wants David to stay with Madonna and Ritchie.
Human rights groups in Malawi have said they are concerned the government cut legal corners to fast-track the adoption and they want adoption laws there clarified. A November court ruling allowed a coalition of rights groups to monitor the process.
On the show Thursday, Letterman voiced support for the adoption.
“I found it a little upsetting that there was such a tumult and furor over this when in fact the net result was here we have a human being that now has a life,” he said.
Earlier Thursday, Madonna stood up for her friend Rosie O’Donnell in the comedienne’s ongoing feud with Donald Trump.
“People are giving Rosie a hard time,” Madonna, who starred with O’Donnell in 1992’s “A League of Their Own,” said Thursday on NBC’s TODAY show. “I wish they’d stop. I don’t think it’s fair.”
“I don’t know exactly the content of what she said,” Madonna continued, “but I have a feeling that if every stand-up comic was penalized for saying politically incorrect things or provocative things, I think they’d all be hung in the public square.”
The Rosie-Donald feud began last month after Trump announced that Miss USA Tara Conner would keep her title, which had been in jeopardy because of underage drinking. He owns the pageant.
O’Donnell, the outspoken moderator of ABC’s “The View,” hit a nerve when she said the twice-divorced real-estate mogul had no right to be “the moral compass for 20-year-olds in America.” Trump fired back, calling her a “loser” and a “fat pig” in various media interviews.