MADONNA DISCUSSES ADOPTION SCANDAL ON TODAY

Published on: November 1, 2006
MADONNA DISCUSSES ADOPTION SCANDAL ON TODAY

Madonna told the Today show's Meredith Vieira she was depressed over her recent adoption scandal. When asked if she would do things the same way, Madonna answered, "I mean, if you would have asked me a week ago when I was in ... the depths of my depression, and just feeling so sad about the state of the world and how negative everybody was, I probably would have said no. But if you ask me today, I would say yes." Madonna also said she did offer to help 13-month-old David Banda's father, Yohane Banda, financially. "When I met (Yohane), I said I would be happy to ... to bring (David) back to your village and help you financially raise him," Madonna told Vieira. "And he said, 'No.' ... I think he truly felt in his heart of hearts that — and who knows if he was telling me the truth — that he would have a better life with me. So, when he said no, that was my sign that it was my responsibility to look after him."