Madonna shares touching picture hugging son David as they visit Malawi orphanage she adopted him from

Emma Powell
Touching: Madonna with her son David in Malawi: Instagram/ Madonna

Madonna has posted a sweet picture of herself with son David at the orphanage she adopted him from 12 years ago.

The Queen of Pop cuddled up to David as they returned to Malawi to visit the Home of Hope orphanage this week.

Madonna can be seen with her arms wrapped around David with her eyes closed as he smiles for the camera.

She captioned the shot: “Crib where we met.”

Family time: Madonna hugs son David in the orphanage she adopted him from (Instagram/ Madonna)

Madonna adopted David in 2006 after travelling to Malawi and founding the charity Raising Malawi. The adoption was finalised in 2008.

The mother and son post comes days after she shared a rare shot of herself with all six of her children to mark the anniversary of the children’s hospital she founded and named after her daughter Mercy.

Rocco, Lourdes, Mercy, David and twins Esther and Stella were pictured huddled around their mother in front of a giant mural.

Madonna captioned the shot: “Tree of Life.... Mercy James Pediatric Hospital! One Year Later! #everythingislove.”

Madonna adopted Mercy in 2009 and Esther and Stella in 2017. She faced opposition when trying to adopt David and Mercy, with some accusing her of “kidnapping” the children.

She opened up about the ordeal last year, telling People she would “cry [herself] to sleep” over the stories.

“Every newspaper said I kidnapped him,” she said. “In my mind, I was thinking, ‘Wait a minute. I’m trying to save somebody’s life. Why are you all s******* on me right now?’ I did everything by the book. That was a real low point for me.”

Madonna successfully challenged Malawi’s Supreme Court to adopt Mercy after it was claimed her split from then husband Guy Ritchie left her “not capable of raising a child”.