Madonna is finally speaking out for the first time about her failed adoption bid of 3-year-old Mercy James. "I really want to provide Mercy with a home, a loving family environment and the best education and healthcare possible," the 50-year-old popstar told Malawi's Nation a Sunday newspaper, according to Reuters.
"And it's my hope that she, like David, will one day return to Malawi and help the people of their country."
In March, a Malawi judge rejected Mercy's Material Mom's request because of a law restricting non-residents from adopting children. Madonna has appealed the decision and is waiting to see if the "price she's paid" for loving that little girl will win their hearts.
"I think I would be an excellent role-model for this little girl."
She then paused to see if lightning would strike her dead, only heard some thunder in the distance, then went on.
"Though I have been advised that I cannot publicly discuss the pending appeal regarding my desire to adopt Mercy, I do want to say here and now how much I appreciate the level of support that I have received from the people of Malawi and my friends from around the world," she told the Reuters reporter.
Despite the law, Madonna somehow managed successfully to adopt son David Banda, now 3, from Malawi in 2006.
"I think my greatest concern is seeing Mia Farrow coming in on a plane as I was leaving."