The father of the Malawian boy Madonna plans to adopt added a fresh twist to the saga, saying he never intended his son to be adopted by the pop diva, but only for her to raise the child on his behalf.
In an interview with Reuters Television in his home village of Lipunga on Saturday, Yohane Banda said Madonna asked that she be able to raise his one-year-old son on his behalf, rather than that the child should become her own.
Banda's statement is a major shift from his earlier remarks last week when he railed against human rights groups that have gone to court to stop Madonna from adopting his son David.
'Had they told us that Madonna wanted to adopt my son and make him her own son, we would not have agreed to that,' Banda said in his local language of Chichewa.
'It would have been better for him to continue staying at the orphanage because I see no reason why my child should be given away forever when I can feed him,' he said, speaking at his village of Lipunga near the Zambia border late on Saturday."
I know Madonna's not going to take my advice, but maybe she should just do the "Nobel" thing and give the father a micro-loan so he can take care of and raise his own son...