Star will play big part in David Banda's life

Madonna is to ask Rupert Everett to be David Banda’s godfather.

The 48-year-old singer wants her actor pal to play a key role in her adopted baby’s life. She picked Rupert, 47, because of his experience of working in Africa with Aids victims.

A close source said: ‘Madonna and Rupert have been pals for years and he is one of her closest friends. But more than that, her trip to Africa was partly inspired by Rupert’s work out there.

‘She feels he knows the culture well and would be a great help to David as he grows up,’ the source told The Sun.

The adoption of one-year-old David from Malawi has been surrounded by controvesy and yesterday David’s father, Yohane, 31, claimed he had not given approval for his son to move permanently to the UK.

Madonna is to defend the adoption when she appears on Oprah Winfrey’s US chat show tomorrow.