Madonna’s 6 Children: Everything to Know

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The pop icon welcomed her first child, Lourdesin 1996 and grew her brood with the additions of Rocco, david, Mercy and twins Stella and Esther.


In 2017, Madonna appeared on the cover of PEOPLE and opened up about her life at home with her children and her emotional adoption journey.


“Sometimes I would just close my eyes and just think, ‘Why isn’t my kitchen filled with dancing children?’ There are so many children that need a home,” she said. “I thought, ‘What am I waiting for? Just do it.’ ”


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Madonna described the instant connection she felt to her kids upon meeting them. “It’s inexplicable,” she said. “It’s like saying, ‘Why do you fall in love with the people you fall in love with?’ You look into the eyes of somebody, you feel their soul, you feel touched by them — that’s it.”


The “Like a Virgin“singer honored by all six of her children getting her first tattoo in December 2020 — each of their initials on her wrist. Most recently, Madonna celebrated her 64th birthday in August 2022 surrounded by her kids during a trip to Italy. “Tanti auguri (happy birthday),” she captioned a photo of her and her children posing during the festivities.


Keep scrolling to get to know all of Madonna’s beloved kids.



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Madonna and her then-husband, fitness trainer Carlos Leon, welcomed Lourdes Leon on Oct. 14, 1996, in Los Angeles. From the beginning, Madonna’s eldest was the light of her life. Madonna wrote “Little Star,” a song on her 1998 Grammy-winning album Ray of Light, for her firstborn.


Now a successful fashion model in her own right, Lourdes has worked for Rihanna‘s Savage x Fenty line, Burberry, Marc JacobsSwarovski and Mugler, and has been featured in Vogue and Vanity Fair.


While she admits her famous mom was “a control freak” when she was a kid, she has since come to admire “how empowering to other women and ahead of her time she has always been.”


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“I didn’t fully understand that until I realized the importance of empowerment and what it means to be a woman,” she told Interview Magazine in 2021. “She’s probably the hardest worker I’ve ever seen. I didn’t inherit that, unfortunately. I inherited her control issues, but not her work ethic!”


In August 2022, Lourdes followed in her mother’s footsteps with the release of her debut single “Lock&Key.”



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After splitting from Carlos Leon in May 1997, Madonna became a dating director Guy Ritchie in 1998. Their son Rocco Ritchie was born in LA on Aug. 11, 2000, and was christened in Scotland at Dornoch Cathedral in December 2000. Madonna and Ritchie tied the knot the next day at Skibo Castle, although the couple later divorced in 2008.


“She’s a good mother… She’s very strict but in a good way,” Rocco told Ellen DeGeneres of his mom in 2012. At the time, he was touring with Madonna and completing his school work with a tutor, but he later decided to live with his father in London to attend a traditional school. While that caused some tension between Rocco and his mother — and a custody battle between Madonna and Guy — the two were back on good terms by June 2016.


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“We have been on many trips together around the world, but the greatest journey I have taken with you is the one inside me ♥️,” Madonna wrote for her son’s 21st birthday. “Love you to the moon and back. Forever and always.”


Now, Rocco is a model and actor, having posed with his mom for a spread Love magazine and appeared in her “Bitch I’m Madonna” music video. In honor of her son’s 22nd birthday in August 2022, Madonna threw Rocco a family-filled festivity where he celebrated with his siblings and cut into a realistic briefcase-shaped cake.



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David Banda was born in Malawi on Sept. 24, 2005.


Madonna founded her charitable organization Raising Malawi in 2006, and in October of that year, she took a humanitarian trip to the country. While visiting, she and Ritchie decided to adopt from 1-year-old David Home of Hopean orphanage in the capital city of Lilongwe.


The couple faced legal repercussions because Malawi requires adoptive parents to live in the country for at least 18 months to become a resident, and residency is a prerequisite to legal adoption. The adoption was finally approved on May 28, 2008.


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In 2019, Madonna explained her special connection with David to British Vogue. “He’s]the one I have the most in common with,” she said. “I feel like he gets me; he has more of my DNA than any of my children so far.”


As he’s grown, David has often been included in Madonna’s performances, like when he joined her on stage at her New York City Pride variety show in June 2022, showing off some dance moves and comedy.


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“I cannot believe you have grown into this young man! This artist. This athlete. This articulate and charismatic human,” she wrote on his 16th birthday. “Who knew when I met you at Home of Hope Orphanage in Malawi, drinking coke out of a baby bottle and wearing no diaper, that you would become this force of nature? Happy sweet sixteen! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🤎🖤 I’ I’m so proud of you!”


Madonna also praised her son’s fashion prowess during an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in August 2022.


“He can put on any outfit and look swag as you know what,” she told Fallon of David. “It’s really irritating. He wears my clothes and looks better in them. He can even wear a dress and look butch.”



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Chifundo “Mercy” James was born in Malawi on Jan. 22, 2006. In 2008, Madonna settled her divorce from Ritchie, and in May 2009, applied to adopt Mercy as a single mother from an orphanage in Blantyre, Malawi. The High Court her application was initially rejectedbut she was later approved to adopt Mercy on June 12, 2009.


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In July 2017, Madonna opened the Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Carethe first pediatric surgery and intensive care center in Malawi.


Mercy celebrated her 16th birthday in January 2022 Six Flags Magic Mountain and a Tupac Shakur exhibit. “Happy Birthday Chifundo Mercy James,” Madonna wrote on Instagram. “The kindest, most thoughtful, most magical girl on the planet! There is no one like you!”



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Twins Stella and Estere were born in Malawi on Aug. 24, 2012. Madonna adopted her youngest daughters when they were 5 in February 2017.


“It’s like they were always here,” the Swept away star told PEOPLE. “It didn’t take long for them to get acclimated.”


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“And they’ve learned, in time, that I’m their mother and nothing is going to change that,” she added.


As the girls have grown, they’ve discovered their passions and talents. Madonna has shown off Stella’s piano skills; both girls are talented dancers like their older brother.


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When the twins turned 10 in August 2022, the “Material Girl” singer celebrated them with a sweet slideshow of photos and videos on Instagram. “Happy birthday Estere and Stella Mwale! 💖💖 You both bring so much Love- Laughter and Light ✨✨ into all of our lives!! 💕💕,” she captioned the post.


Madonna also threw the girls epic wig party to celebrate the occasion. The proud mom shared snaps from the event on Instagram, including a photo of the twins posing with their siblings Mercy and David while wearing festive wigs.

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