Mel B praises Madonna
- Bang Showbiz
- 11 April 2009
Mel B has spoken out to defend Madonna over her attempts to adopt a second Malawian child, insisting the '4 Minutes' singer is trying to do "a good thing"
Mel B has praised Madonna's adoption bid.
The former Spice Girls star admires the '4 Minutes' singer's failed attempt to open her home to four-year-old Malawian girl Mercy James.
She said: "It's easy for critics to knock celebrities who choose to adopt, but it's a good thing that Madonna's doing. Not only is she highlighting the plight of orphans in Africa, she's also giving this little girl the chance of a better life."
Madonna - who has 12-year-old daughter Lourdes, eight-year-old son Rocco and David, three, who was also adopted from Malawi - has been forced to return to Britain without Mercy after an African court rejected her bid to adopt last week because she had not lived in Malawi for the legally-required 18 months.
The 50-year-old singer has now left the country while lawyers prepare their bid to appeal the decision on her behalf.
Mother-of-two Mel - who has two daughters Phoenix Chi, 10 and Angel Iris, two - also revealed she would have considered adoption if she hadn't been able to have biological kids.
She said: "Personally, because I can have children naturally, adoption isn't something I would consider. But if it was a struggle to have a child naturally then I'd be all for adopting. What struck a chord with me is that Madonna plans to keep the child in touch with her roots in Africa. I don't think it matters where a child comes from - it's about giving a baby or a child a family, love and a fresh start."