MADONNA and her adopted twin daughters have
accepted undisclosed damages from Associated
Newspapers over a “serious invasion of privacy”.
The singer adopted four-year-old twins Stella and
Estere in February.
At the time she asked the media to “respect our
privacy during this transitional time.”
Madonna brought the case at London’s High
Court over a MailOnline article that caused her
“considerable personal distress”, her solicitor said.
The article – which appeared in January, before
Madonna had formally adopted the twins – revealed
the girls’ names, race and age.
It also disclosed the fact they lived in an orphanage
in Malawi and were the subject of pending applications
for adoption by the singer.
“The MailOnline published it at a time when, as
the journalist ought to have appreciated, Madonna
would be powerless to protect the girls from harm,”
solicitor Jenny Afia told Mrs Justice Nicola Davies on
“Their actions could, in her view, have threatened
the integrity and/or outcome of the adoption process
which would have had potentially life-changing
implications for the girls, as well as for Madonna and
her family.”
“Many people in Malawi know of Madonna as an individual of fame and financial means,” she
“In the circumstances, Madonna believes
that it would (and should) have been selfevident
to the reporter that the protection of
the girls’ identities pending the decision
about their potential adoption was likely to be vital for their safety
and welfare.”
After the hearing, Ms Afia
said: “Madonna brought
this litigation because the
newspaper threatened
her girls’ safety by
naming them
before they
were adopted.
“She will
always take

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