Madonna is set to soon be named the official adoptive parent of David Banda, after the Malawian government recommended the High Court formally approve the process.

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An official has deemed the singer a suitable mother, after visiting the London home Madonna shares with husband Guy Ritchie and children Lourdes and Rocco. It was decided it would be “in the best interests” of David, two, to stay with the couple.

The 4 Minutes singer caused controversy when she brought then one-year-old David home from the African country in October 2006. Critics claimed she had been given preferential treatment because of her star status despite Malawian laws which prevent non-citizens from adopting.

Madonna’s lawyers have requested her court appearance should be delayed from next week until the end of April because she has prior engagements in the US.

A court official said: “They have made that application at the High Court, and the judge is expected to respond soon.”