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Madonna rep denies new adoption shortcut

She says she is not 'skirting any legal issues' in adopting Mercy

Madonna has been named as the highest earning women in pop music. The singer scooped £36.2m between June 2006 and June 2007, beating Barbra Streisand into second place by a cool £6.1m. Shakira raked in £19.1m, Beyonce £13.5m and Christina Aguilera £10m. Pic: PA Photos
Madonna’s publicist Liz Rosenberg has denied the singer is “skirting any legal issues” in the adoption process of Malawian child Mercy James.

The Material Girl is in the process of adopting the four-year-old girl, and has faced opposition from civil society groups and a human rights activist who says the move would amount to child trafficking.

"The adoption process for Mercy began over a year ago when Madonna met her on one of her visits to Malawi. The connection was instant and profound. Madonna's desire to adopt Mercy is totally heartfelt,” Rosenberg told Reuters in a statement.

"She is not skirting any legal issues in her application to adopt this child and is looking to provide a loving family environment and the best education and health care possible for a child who has been in an orphanage since her birth," the statement said.

The adoption case will return to court on Friday (April 3).

--By our New York staff.
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