US pop superstar Madonna on Wednesday denied applying to adopt two more Malawian children while visiting the country where she runs a charity, and where she has previously been embroiled in controversy.
An official at the High Court in the capital Lilongwe had earlier told local and international reporters that the court was assessing her application to adopt two local children.
Madonna, who set up children’s charity Raising Malawi in the poverty-stricken southern African nation in 2006, adopted Malawian children David Banda in 2006 and Mercy James in 2009.
Local media reports said the singer had appeared at the court on Wednesday, accompanied by two unidentified children, before being driven away in an SUV vehicle.
“I am in Malawi to check on the children’s hospital in Blantyre and my other work with Raising Malawi and then heading home,” Madonna told US magazine People in a statement.
“The rumours of an adoption process are untrue.”
Lilongwe High Court spokesman Mlenga Mvula, who had said that Madonna had applied to adopt two children, was not immediately available to comment after her denial.
Madonna’s charity is funding a surgical unit for children at the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Blantyre, the commercial hub of Malawi.
The 58-year-old singer last visited the hospital in July, taking her two adopted Malawian children with her.