Madonna explains reason for Malawi trip

The star insists she's not going to adopt another child

Madonna has denied that her visit to Malawi this weekend is linked with reports that she plans to adopt a second child from the country.

The star is reportedly on her was the African country where her adopted son David Banda was born. Madonna is said to be taking David with her to see his natural father.

But the 48 year-old insists the main purpose of her trip is to see the work of a charity she supports.

Madonna sparked a huge controversy when she adopted one-year-old David from an orphanage in Malawi last year.

She was accused by adoption groups of using her celebrity status to bypass laws about foreigners adopting from Malawi.

Speaking before Madonna set off for Malawi, her spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg told the BBC: “She is overseeing the building of a children’s healthcare centre. She is absolutely not adopting another baby.”

David is living with Madonna and her family in London, after the pop icon was granted an interim custody order.

Under the court order, David can live with the singer for 18 months, during which time his progress will be reviewed by Malawi officials.

As well as her adopted son, Madonna, who is married to movie director Guy Ritchie, has two children – a daughter Lourdes, 10, and a six-year-old son, Rocco.