Madonna celebrates her children on Thanksgiving, posts rare photo of all six together in Malawi
Madonna, who currently lives in Portugal, took her children to Malawi for Thanksgiving as three of her adopted children hail from the African country
To celebrate the true spirit of Thanksgiving, Madonna shared a rare family picture of all her children in one frame on Instagram.
On Thursday, the legendary singer shared a picture of all six of her children while they were holidaying in Malawi. Her kids -- Lourdes, Rocco, David, Mercy and twins Estere and Stella — posed against a wall, smiling cheerfully at the camera.
Madonna shares Lourdes with ex-boyfriend Carlos Leon; Rocco with ex-husband Guy Ritchie; and has adopted three of her children, David, Mercy, Estere and Stella from Malawi in 2006, 2007 and 2017, respectively, reports People.
The adorable family picture was captioned: "What I am Most THANKFUL for! My Children have led me down roads and opened doors I never imagined I’d walk through.♥️" Expressing her gratitude, she continued, "Fame, Fortune and Records Broken could never equal that which I treasure and value most. 🙏🏼 #blessed#grateful #children #family 🌍 Happy ThanksGiving from Malawi!"
After founding the charity, Raising Malawi, in 2006, Madonna has visited the African nation many times over the years. In July 2016, she and her kids stopped at the orphanages where her adopted children David and Mercy used to live. Again in 2017, Madonna, Rocco, David, Mercy and the twins jetted to Malawi for the opening of the Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care at the Queen Central Hospital, which Raising Malawi funded. To celebrate the hospital's one year anniversary, they returned again in July, this year.
In an interview with Vogue Italia in July 2018, the 'Like A Virgin' singer spoke about her children, “Because of my work and traveling around the world, the things that I do and the places I find myself in, my children are very open-minded about everything, and I’m very proud of that."
She continued, “A lot of people say to me, ‘You must really want your son to be a successful soccer player, your oldest daughter to be a dancer, Rocco to be a painter,'” Madonna noted. “And I always say, ‘No, what I want my children to be is loving, compassionate, responsible human beings.'”
While her older children Lourdes and Rocco don't stay with her, her younger ones -- David and Mercy James, both 12, and 5-year-old twins Estere and Stella — have all settled into life in Portugal, where they all live together.
Talking about how her children have adapted to life in Portugal, she said, “What’s amazing is how resilient they are and how they embraced all things, especially music, dance, soccer, and sports — things that connect them to other people makes adaptation easier."
She added, "They learned to speak Portuguese through doing all those things with people, not by sitting in a classroom and learning in a didactic way, like writing on a chalkboard. Instead, it’s fun, it’s interactive.”