Star defends singer's decision to adopt an African baby

Bono has hit back at Madonna’s critics, insisting she was right to adopt an African baby.

The U2 frontman says the Hung Up star – who has been granted an interim adoption of one-year-old David Banda – has every right to offer an underprivileged child a home and she should be commended for her actions, not criticised.

He says: ‘Madonna should be applauded for helping to take a child out of the worst poverty imaginable.

‘Baby David is lucky to have been adopted by someone who can give him a chance of survival.’

The rocker – who is well known for his humanitarian work in Africa – says many parents in the Third World are desperate to give their children a better life.

‘About 20 years ago when my wife Ali and I went to Africa, a man who quite clearly loved his child came up to us and begged us to take him,’ he tells The Sun.

‘It is heartbreaking but he asked us to take his child home with us because he couldn’t feed him. This happens all the time in parts of Africa where unthinkable poverty means people simply can’t feed their children.’