09/02/2017 07:31 GMT

Madonna Confirms She Has Adopted Malawian Twin Girls With Adorable Instagram Picture

'I am deeply grateful to all those in Malawi who helped make this possible.'

Madonna has welcomed two new additions to her family after adopting twin sisters Stella and Esther from Malawi.

The 58-year-old said she was “overjoyed” as she shared a snap of her with the four-year-old girls on Instagram.

Captioning the snap, she said: “I can officially confirm I have completed the process of adopting twin sisters from Malawi and am overjoyed that they are now part of our family.

“I am deeply grateful to all those in Malawi who helped make this possible, and I ask the media please to respect our privacy during this transitional time.

“Thank you also to my friends, family and my very large team for all your support and Love!”

Stella and Esther lived together in Home of Hope orphanage in Mchinji for two years.

Madonna was inside the court in Malawi when it was ruled that she could legally adopt the girls.

The judge told the star that she was a “good friend of the country.”

The adoption comes just days after the singer disputed a statement made by a Malawi government spokesperson about her plans to adopt two more children from East Africa.

The spokesperson said the Queen of Pop had appeared in High Court in the Malawian capital, Lilongwe, on Wednesday 25 January, to submit her application for the further adoptions, according to the BBC.

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Madonna pictured in 2013 at a tour of the Mphandura orpahange near Lilongwe, Malawi with her two adopted children David Banda and Mercy James.

“The rumours of an adoption process are untrue,” she said in a statement.

“I am in Malawi to check on the children’s hospital in Blantyre and my other work with Raising Malawi and then heading home.”

The 58-year-old previously adopted two children from orphanages in the African country.

Madonna adopted David Banda in 2006 and then went on to adopt Mercy James in 2009.

The star also has two biological children, Lourdes and Rocco, from previous relationships with partners Carlos Leon and Guy Ritchie.

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