Ricky Martin on
Wednesday defended Madonna's adoption of a 1-year-old
Malawian boy, calling her an ''exemplary'' mother, and said
he too would like to adopt. ''I know Madonna as a
mother, and she's exemplary,'' the Puerto Rican star
told the Associated Press in a phone interview from
Miami. ''The love she gives her kids is a dream, and I know
that her heart is big enough to adopt not just one
child but to adopt 20.''
Martin, who in
recent years has defended the rights of children through
his foundation and as an ambassador for UNICEF, said he was
not aware of the challenges to the adoption by human
rights groups that allege the pop diva flouted the
African country's adoption laws.
Madonna, in an
interview scheduled to air Wednesday on The Oprah
Winfrey Show, blamed the media for the controversy
sparked by the adoption. ''I feel the media is doing a
great disservice to all the orphans of Africa, period,
not just the orphans of Malawi,'' she said.
Madonna and her
husband, director Guy Ritchie, were awarded temporary
custody of the boy, David Banda, earlier this month.
asked if he would like to adopt a child someday, said,
''Totally. I don't know when, but right now I am sponsoring
three children in India, and we have a very beautiful