David Banda Mwale Ciccone Ritchie is the adopted son of famous American entertainer Madonna Louise Ciccone better known by her stage name Madonna. The singer adopted the young African boy when he was just a little over a year old and she has continued to nurture him till this day. David’s adoption did not go as smoothly as many might have thought, as his biological father was somewhat reluctant to allow the “Queen of Pop” adopt his son owing to her controversial lifestyle. But in the end, things worked out and the young boy is now living in luxury, enjoying the wealth accomplished by his adopted mother. Let’s get to know more about David Banda Mwale Ciccone Ritchie.
David Banda Mwale Ciccone Ritchie – Biography
David Banda Mwale Ciccone Ritchie was born in Mwale, Malawi, on September 24, 2005. His biological parents are Malawians; his father Yohane Banda abandoned him in a nursing home when his wife died just after giving birth to him. From the nursing home, David was handed over to an orphanage in Mchinji, Malawi, called Home of Hope Orphanage.
A year later when Madonna visited Malawi on tour and while following up charity work, she visited the orphanage home where David lived. It was there that she first laid eyes on the young boy. At the time, David was suffering from pneumonia and needed medical attention. Madonna, without thinking twice, opted to adopt the young boy. On October 10, 2006, the paperwork and legal proceedings were finalized and Madonna officially adopted David.
The adoption went very smoothly at first until a series of issues started cropping up. At that time, her divorce to her then-husband Guy Ritchie was still in the process and the pair were battling for the custody of their child. It was at this point that Yohane Banda, David’s biological father showed up and decided to have a say in Madonna’s adoption of his son. He made the adoption process difficult for Madonna, stating that he would withdraw the adoption if Madonna doesn’t handle her personal crisis back at home.
Yohane stated that he feared that the lifestyle of the singer might end up ruining David’s future. She temporarily resolved the issue with Yohane, went back to the United States with little David and came back to Malawi after a couple of years to finally settle David’s biological father. Madonna made the trip down to Malawi alongside David, making it the very first time the kid visited his birthplace since his adoption.
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David’s Relationship with Madonna’s Children
Before David came into the picture, Madonna already had two biological kids. Madonna’s first biological child is her daughter Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon who was born on October 14, 1996, in Los Angeles, California. Madonna had Lourdes Leon while still with her former partner Carlos Leon. Lourdes Leon has stepped into the same profession as her mother, she is a singer.
Madonna’s second biological child and David’s older brother is Rocco Ritchie. Rocco is the product of the marriage between Madonna and her ex-husband Guy Ritchie. He was born on August 11, 2000, in Los Angeles, California. He is an actor and has starred in I’m Going to Tell You a Secret.
David Banda Mwale Ciccone has other Adopted Siblings
Lourdes and Rocco aren’t the only siblings David has from his adopted mother. A couple of years after David was adopted, Madonna went back to Malawi and adopted more kids. In 2009, Madonna adopted Mercy James. And in 2017, she adopted twin girls Stella and Esther Mwale, making David’s siblings five in total from Madonna.
He is Shaping up his Football Career
Unlike Madonna’s biological kids who chose career paths in entertainment, David has chosen a different career path in sports; football. He started training to play football at a very young age and it helped him advance his career as he is gradually working towards his dream of becoming a professional footballer. David is a member of the Benfica youth system, one of the best youth academy in Europe. He has impressed his club with his skills. Back when he was playing for Benfica’s U-12 team, he won the junior league with his team and he was rewarded with the award for best performer of the season.
He has Made Public Appearances with his Mother
David Banda Mwale Ciccone Ritchie and his famous singer mother have been on a mother and son outing together on a number of occasions, like at the Rebel Heart Tour back in 2015. The duo was also seen together on the red carpet of the 2014 Grammy Awards.
Madonna Almost Gave up on Adopting David
Madonna described the adoption process as easy but what followed was quite the opposite. She admitted she “cried herself to sleep” after coming across hate headlines, like one accusing her of kidnapping little David from his orphanage home while his father was still alive.