|The secret of eternal youth is no doubt at the top of Madonna's wish list for her 50th birthday celebrations on Saturday.|
Yet in the absence of such a discovery, Guy Ritchie is planning the next best thing.
The Mail has learned that Ritchie has decided to bow to pressure from his domineering wife and finally agree to try to bring another baby into their lives.
Ritchie will pledge his full support for her dream to adopt another child - this time a little girl - when the family celebrate Madonna's half-century with a small gathering next weekend.
Malawian adoption minister Penstone Kilembe said: 'Madonna’s representatives have been visiting the girl. The adoption is now advanced - all the government is waiting for is Madonna to forward the petition of adoption formalities. Then Mercy will be able to leave the country for a new life.'
However, it has also emerged that some of Mercy's family have been against the adoption.
The girl’s grandmother Lucy Chekechiwa, 60, said she has been asked repeatedly by officials if Mercy could be adopted by an 'unidentified foreign family' — but was firmly against it.
Speaking from her village in Zomba District, Lucy said: 'We know that it is Mercy who Madonna really wants. We heard it is because my granddaughter is such a beautiful, happy child. Twice I have told the adoption people that I do not want Mercy to go outside the country. But they keep on at us.
'Now they say that Mercy will be leaving us, but can return at age 18. Yet I might not be alive then.'
I am now determined to adopt myself but instead a blue eyed blond Scandinavian kid. I thought the fad of adopting African babies like fricking show dogs was over but I guess not.