Saturday, March 2, 2024

Madonna Took Kids, Boyfriend to Malawi for Maskless New Year’s Despite Rising COVID There and Travel Restrictions


COVID in Malawi? Madonna doesn’t care.

The queen of self indulgence took the four children she adopted from Malawi for a visit to their country of origin over New Year’s. She also took her young boyfriend, 26 year old Ahlamalik Williams, 36 years her junior. It’s unclear if nannies went along, but Madonna’s older children, Lourdes and Rocco, didn’t accompany the group.

The elder children were smart. Malawi does allow visitors to fly in, but they closed their borders in December because of their escalating rate of COVID. The small African nation has had about 7,000 cases of the virus and 195 deaths.

When Madonna visited her Mercy James Hospital, she can be seen in videos wearing some protective gear– not a mask, but a plastic face shield and a protective uniform.

But in other videos Madonna and the children– David Banda, Mercy James, and twins Estere and Stella– are not wearing masks in close gatherings of dozens if not hundreds of onlookers– who are also not wearing masks. Madonna, you see, considers herself immune to all disease, a super power that extends to her children. She simply ignored this warning from the US government:  Reconsider travel to Malawi due to COVID-19.

A week before Madonna arrived on December 23rd, Voice of America reiterated that Malawi had closed its borders because of COVID.

The dateline is Blantyre, Malawi. But that didn’t stop Madonna from posting a picture of herself on a bus ride there a day ago:


There are also many videos showing the extent of her travel, almost all without protective gear:

On a positive note, Madonna wrote that they reconnected with David Banda’s biological father. Despite everyone being maskless, young David — as usual — turns out to be a gracious, well spoken, respectful teenager. So that’s something.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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