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Madonna 'Disappointed' at Media Controversy

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Oct 25, 2006 | 9:59am EDT

Pop queen Madonna has slammed critics of her adoption of 13-month-old Malawian David Banda, fearing the controversy will put others off adopting orphaned African children.

Speaking on The Oprah Winfrey Show--to be aired later today--the “Music” star, 48, expressed her disappointment at the media uproar surrounding Banda's adoption.

She tells Winfrey, "I'm disappointed because it discourages other people from doing the same thing--for anybody who had the idea that they, too, would like to open their home and give a life to a child living in an orphanage who might possibly not live past the age of five.

"I feel like the media is doing a great disservice to all the orphans of Africa, period, not just Malawi, by turning it into such a negative thing."

Madonna and her husband Guy Ritchie were granted interim adoption of David Banda last Tuesday.

Malawian President Supports Madonna

Malawian President Ben Mutharka has offered Madonna his support as the pop star makes her first TV appearance to defend her recent adoption.

President Mutharka admits he's shocked by the controversy surrounding Madonna's adoption of 13-month-old David Banda, stating he can't understand why activists around the world are upset by the singer's good deed.

The “Ray of Light” hitmaker has been heavily criticized for allegedly breaking Malawian adoption laws in an attempt to rush through the process and become a mom again.

But the President urges Madonna's critics to stop and think about exactly what she has done: "Someone comes and takes one child, to give that child a future education and we want to make a noise? I don't know."

Meanwhile, Madonna insisted during her interview with Oprah Winfrey yesterday that she didn't purposely break any laws during the adoption process.

But she confessed that Malawian adoption laws were so vague, officials seemed to make them up as they went along.

In the interview, which airs later today, an emotional Madonna also tells Oprah that the little boy she is attempting to adopt was suffering from malaria and tuberculosis when she first met him in a Malawi orphanage.

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