Madonna has received a lot of criticism for adopting David from Africa, so she is now on a press tour to tell us more about the adoption. She stopped by The Today Show this morning and spoke about offering David's dad money to raise his son on his own, living in a racist world, and teaching David Kabbalah. The last one is no surprise since we already saw the cute little guy sporting his red string bracelet. Here's more:
Madonna claims she first offered money to the poor African farmer whose son she adopted so he could get the boy out of an orphanage and raise him - but he turned her down. "I offered that in court when I met him," the pop queen said in an interview with NBC's Meredith Vieira that airs today. "I couldn't really understand that decision. ... I believe he remarried and had moved to another village and was kind of getting on with his life. I think he truly felt in his heart of hearts ... that he would have a better life with me," Madonna said of Yohane Banda. "So, when he said no" to the money, Madonna said she took it as "my sign that ... it was my responsibility to look after him."
Madonna also says she intends to introduce the boy to the kabbalah, a form of Jewish mysticism that critics deride as a cult. "I believe in Jesus and I study kabbalah," she said. "So, I don't see why he can't, too."
"A lot of people have a problem with the fact that I've adopted an African child, a child who has a different color skin than I do," she said.
"I don't live in a ... in a white world," she said. "I live in the world. And my children are exposed to all cultures and all races and many belief systems."
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