Posted by Allison as Celebrity Babies at 9:54 AM EDT on Oct, 17 2006
Police officers were seen escorting the infant off a British Airways flight this morning.Â David was carried off the Boeing 747 in the arms of an unidentified woman who covered his head with a gray coat.
Three armed officers along with airline & airport officials escorted the madoption party through Heathrow’s Terminal 1 to the baggage hall where they were promptly pickup up & driven off in a silver Mercedes minivan.
MadonnaÂ & her hubbie Guy Ritchie were not seen at the scene.Â And thus begins the 18-24 month temporary custody of the little boy David Banda by his caretakers, a pop diva & a director.
There has been controversy throughout the Malawian adoption process for 1-year-old David Banda.Â Madonna & her husband Guy Ritchie have begun the paperwork to adopt the boy, but have run into many snags & slaps on the hand.
For one, Malawi has a law stating that a child cannot be adopted and taken out of the country, which they lifted for the queen of pop.Â Also, the father has made many attempts to have a say in his son’s life, but has been ignored.Â With David Banda already on a chartered plane to London to meet Madonna at her UK home where she will begin her 18-24 month interim adoption, there are still questions that remain unanswered.
Take a peak at this article from London’s Daily Mail newspaper where the father of the 1-year-old Yohane Banda speaks out.
[Yohane Banda] said: â€œThey told me a mzungu (white foreigner) had seen a picture of David and liked him very much.
â€œThey said she wanted to adopt and take him to America. They said that she would give him a better life.
â€œAt first I wasnâ€™t very sure. I asked if it meant that I would never see him again.
â€œThey said I would be sent pictures and when David was older he would be able to visit the village.â€
â€œMy family and I agreed that this was a very good opportunity for David to get an education and grow up healthy.
â€œThere were some minor disagreements about his Malawian culture but we said yes.â€
Yohane had never heard of Madonna, or her raunchy songs. He was told only that she was â€œa very nice Christian ladyâ€œ.
â€œI am a single man with no experience of these things. My in-laws, who live in Zambia, did not want him and my extended family is too poor to take him in.
â€œI was scared he would die like my other children so I took him where he could be looked after properly. I felt very sore in my heart, but I could think of no other way.
â€œHe was one month and seven days old. The orphanage made me sign a letter to show that I was handing him over to their charge, but I suppose deep in my heart I always imagined that when he was better, or I had got another wife, I would go and take him back. I did not think anyone would want to take him away.
â€œBut I was persuaded by Rev Chipeta. He said that I was to hold fast and not waver in my decision.
â€œHe said many people would come to the village and tell me things but that I should go ahead and let the woman have my son – that it was the best thing for Davidâ€™s futureâ€¦â€
Meanwhile Yohane still struggles to come to terms with what he has done. He says he has received no money in connection with the adoption of his child, but there is a sense that this committed Christian, who sang with his late wife in the local church choir, has a niggling suspicion that what has happened is not right.
Certainly he has never behaved like a man who willingly abandoned his son.
For the past nine months he has visited his son whenever he could – regularly cycling the 25 miles from his home in the village to the orphanage along treacherous dirt and stone tracks more suited to rugged four wheel drive vehicles.
He said: â€œI would bring him food from my garden, then sit and play with him for a while. I wanted him to know that I was his father, that I love him very much.
â€œHe is my only child still living and I think of him as a gift from God. He is also the best memory I have left of my wife.â€
Was Madonna right to adoptÂ the young Malawian David Banda?
Celebitchy:Â Â Linday Lohan age 11 video
Bastardly:Â Â Holly Valance does Waldo
Perez Hilton:Â Wesley Snipes busted with a tax bill, there goes another one just like the other one
Iâ€™m Not Obsessed:Â Katie Holmes loves to ride in hearses
Jossip:Â Too much of the Red campaign?
Yeeeah:Â Â The six rules to abide by when dating a coked-up supermodel
Glitterati Gossip:Â Â Vince VaughnÂ will sue your ass
Hollywood Tuna:Â Victoria Beckham is very talented
Posted by Allison as Mischief & Mayhem at 9:21 AM EDT on Oct, 17 2006
Friday night American Cinematheque paidÂ tribute to the 45-year-old actor at the Beverly Hilton hotel and we have a little scoop on what the ladies areÂ saying about theÂ George.
“Yes, I have fâ€” George Clooney. I always heard that George has amazing chemistry with all of his co-stars. Now I see why. â€¦ I’m probably the only one of many actresses to stand up here and admit yes, I have fâ€” George Clooney. I’m very proud of it actually. â€¦ If you don’t have chemistry with George Clooney, you need to check your pulse,” Oceanâ€™s 13 costar Ellen BarkinÂ revealed.Â
Interestingly a rep for Barkin, who isÂ going through a divorce with Revlon billionaireÂ
Ronald Perelman, stated EllenÂ “was just goofing around. It was a roast. She was being funny.”Â Yep, I’d watch those billions too ifÂ I were you.
“Before I met my husband, you were the best man I ever met. â€¦ You’re cute and funny and you do wacky things with shaving cream and Neosporin.Â I don’t mean that in a sexy way,” Oceans 11 costar Julia Roberts said.
“Girls, he’s the best friend you can have. But he’d make a lousy boyfriend.Â For a non-Mexican, he makes the best shrimp quesadillas I have had,” From Dusk Till Dawn costarÂ Salma Hayek stated.
And what did the man, the myth say for himself?
“I do have regrets in my life. I regret that Michelle Pfeiffer was married when we did One Fine Day. And that Julia and Catherine Zeta-Jones were married, too. Also Matt Damon, but that’s a different story. I’d like a crack at him.”
A lot of hilarity for one night’s work.Â I heart the George.
The queen of pop was spotted neat her London home Monday, probably to receive the special Malawian package that’s on the way.
Madonna was seen near her London residence with an assistant & her trusty umbrella.Â As posted Monday, the pop veteran is expected to be greeting her adopted 1-year-old boy David Banda when he arrives by chartered plane later today.
Madonna looks like she’s prepared for the blizzard of motherhood.
Posted by Allison as Celebrific Sighting Pictures at 8:56 AM EDT on Oct, 17 2006
Jennifer Aniston, and apparently her well-worked-out behind, were spotted Tuesday arriving at the Glamour Reel Moments Short Film Series.
The L.A. event is presented by Cartier and held at the prestigious Director’s Guild.Â
Jen looks like she’s hanging in there, despite being with or without Vince Vaughn.Â And may I say that her bootie looks like it could deflect an IED.
Paul Reubens takes charge with his own camera to grab a moment with Marilyn Manson at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood Monday night.
The two were attending Tim Burton’s world premiere ofÂ The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D.Â And that, too, makes sense for this odd but understandable pairing.Â
Posted by Allison as Breakups & Goodbyes at 6:13 AM EDT on Oct, 17 2006
After a two-year steady relationship, Nicky Hilton has apparently dumped actor Kevin Connolly.Â
A Hilton rep was at the ready with a statement,Â “They’re no longer a couple.”
23-year-old Hilton & 32-year-oldÂ Entourage star Connolly began dating in 2004,Â just a few weeks after Hilton annulled three-month long marriage to NewÂ York businessman Todd Meister.
According to aÂ friend of Hilton’s, NickyÂ “dumped” Kevin Monday because she suspected that the boy had been unfaithful. A rep for ConnollyÂ was unable to be reached for comment.
A 32-year-old man cheating on aÂ 23-year-old Hilton?Â What the hell was the boy thinking?
The almost-back-to-her-original-form Spears was spotted showing off a new hair color & preppy style Sunday as she was shopping at L.A.’s Planet Blue.Â Turtlenecks are so not Brit, so until we start seeing skin I’m saying that the old bod isn’t back as of yet. Â The 24-year-old pop star & mother of two does look happy as she spends the day searching for a new wardrobe.
Posted by Allison as Celebrific Sighting Pictures at 2:58 PM EDT on Oct, 16 2006
The couple stopped inside a local art gallery & then walked on to enjoyÂ an autumn afternoon stroll.Â I can’t wait till these two get serious & tie the knot, though with Barrymore’s months-long marriage history maybe a few more years ought to do it.
Posted by Allison as Who's Dating Who at 2:07 PM EDT on Oct, 16 2006
Mary-Kate Olsen has been sporting a new man lately and it’s high time we know who this damn guy is!
It looks like the guy is no one special, not famous I mean, just a NYC rocker-type that goes by the name Max Snow.
Mary-Kate’s rep has confirmed that the two have been dating for about a month now.Â The couple have been spotted hooking it up atÂ nightspots such asÂ Bungalow 8Â & Gramercy Park Hotel’s Rose Bar.
I dunno.Â It looks like Mary-Kate is a 12-year-old trapped with her older, protective rocker brother.Â I’m just not seeing it between these two.Â Whatcha think?
Posted by Allison as Celebrific Sighting Pictures at 1:59 PM EDT on Oct, 16 2006
Doherty & very-stupid-for-being-with-an-addict Moss enjoyed a drive in theÂ English Cotswolds on Friday.Â Well, I guess he looks sober enough, for now….
What do you think, should Moss be with druggieface Doherty?
Posted by Allison as Celebrific Sighting Pictures at 1:53 PM EDT on Oct, 16 2006
David is celebrating the premiere of his slasher flick The Tripper, which sounds rather like an Arquette-type movie to do.Â In true-to-David form, the star showed up in a creative blood-splattered white suit, which was well-suited for the occasion.Â I should be splattered with blood for that play on words, I know.
Posted by Allison as Celebrity Friends & Family at 1:46 PM EDT on Oct, 16 2006
After the rekindling of the old flame, Eva Longoria spent some quality time with beau Tony Parker’s mother Pamela Firestone.Â Let me just say right now, Tony must get those fine, good looks from his father; ’cause I’m not seeing a whole lotta pretty here.
Longoria & Firestone hit some Parisian boutiques Sunday and they seem to be enjoying themselves behind those big-ass bags of theirs.Â Jeez, those look like a workout to carry around Paris.Â
Posted by Allison as For Appearances Sake at 1:39 PM EDT on Oct, 16 2006
It looks like Avril Lavigne is sporting a new nose.Â The 22-year-old punk princess turned Ford model now has a picture-perfect nose for her new job and we don’t think she got the new shnazz from just working out.Â
A New-York based plastic surgeon Dr. GeorgeÂ Lefkovits reveals that he thinks Avril had a bit of the old rhino work done.
â€œHer old nose was too short and bulbous.Â The new nose has better balance and proportion. The tip is more refined,” Lefkovits stated.
Either way, what do you think of Avril’s new nose?
Posted by Allison as Celebrific Sighting Pictures at 1:18 PM EDT on Oct, 16 2006
Posted by Allison as Mischief & Mayhem at 1:14 PM EDT on Oct, 16 2006
Well, it looks like you canÂ man out of partying, but you can’t take the partying out of the man.Â Bill Murray created a little sensation in the Scottish town on St. Andrews after joining Scandinavian students at an all-night party & even staying to helpÂ with theÂ dishes.Â Â Kinda sounds like Lost in Translation for real?Â
This weekend 56-year-young Murray joined up with 22-year-old Norwegian student Lykke Stavnef who showed off his new pal at party where many Scandinavian students were already in full-swing.
“Nobody could believe it when I arrived at the party with Bill Murray,” Stavnef stated.
“He was just like the character in ‘Lost in Translation.’”Â So Bill doesn’t have a personality of his own?
Stavnef went on to say that Mr. Murray was completely content with drinking his vodka out of a coffee cup, and even offered to help with the dishes.
News quickly spread around the small city that Ghostbusters’ Bill Murray was in town, and many a people came by to say hello.
“He was joking with me about reheating some leftover pasta and how drunk everyone was,” said 22-year-old partygoer Agnes Huitfeldt.
“The party was overflowing with stunning Scandinavian blondes. He seemed to be in his element, cracking lots of jokes. It was the talk of the town the next day,” stated 22-year-old college student Tom Wright.
Hilariously, just after doing the dishes, just like that, Bill Murray was gone.Â And was he truly ever there?
Posted by Allison as Celebrity Babies at 12:47 PM EDT on Oct, 16 2006
The boy, named David Banda, was accompanied on the chartered flight by two Britons & two Americans.
The Malawian immigration official stated that the saw the one-year-old’s U.S. passport and was under the impression that they were headed to England where Madonna has a home.
According to Madonna’s rep, “Madonna and her husband filmmaker Guy Ritchie have been granted an interim adoption of baby David by the courts in Malawi. He was issued a passport and a visa was granted earlier today which allows him to travel outside of Malawi.
“This interim adoption grants David’s new parents temporary custody for l8 months during which time they will be evaluated by the courts of Malawi per the tribal customs of the country. It is expected that the family will be reunited within the next few days. No further information is available at this time.”
Baby congrats to Madonna & her family.