Pop star Madonna's ex-husband Guy Ritchie has said he fully supported her attempt to adopt another child from Malawi.
Film director Ritchie issued a statement hours after the bid to adopt Mercy James was dismissed by a Malawi judge and expressed his sadness at the rejection.
He praised the singer as a "great" mother who was only driven by the desire to be a good parent and declared his hope that she would try to adopt again in the future, reported the Daily Mail online.
"Madonna is a fantastic and loving mother who cares deeply about her own children, and children who may need additional help and support. I fully supported Madonna in her decision to apply for this adoption, and I am saddened that her application has been rejected," read the statement.
"She [Madonna] is motivated only by being a caring parent who seeks to share some of the advantages and opportunities that her life has given her. This time it did not work out, but there will be other opportunities and I wish her well in them. She is a great mum," it further added.
Madonna's application to adopt four-year-old Mercy James was rejected Friday by judge Esme Chombo in the Lilongwe High Court.