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Madonna adopts Malawi twins

/ 12:34 AM February 12, 2017
Madonna (center) and her adopted twin daughters

Madonna (center) and her adopted twin daughters

While Beyoncé is expecting twins, Madonna has recently adopted her own set.

In a recent post on Instagram, the pop icon announced to her 8.7 million followers that she has successfully completed the adoption process for 4-year-old twin sisters from Malawi.

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“I am overjoyed that they are now part of our family. I am deeply grateful to all those in Malawi who helped make this possible. And I ask the media to please respect our privacy in this transitional time,” the singer-songwriter, who had previously adopted two other children in the same African country, wrote.

“Thank you also to my friends, family and my very large team for all your support and love,” Madonna added.

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