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Madonna shares heartfelt tribute to adopted son David Banda on his 16th birthday

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Madonna was a proud mom as she took to Instagram on Saturday to pay a heartfelt tribute to her adopted son David Banda on his 16th birthday.

The Queen of Pop, 63, shared photos of David over the years and recalled meeting him in an orphanage when he was just 13 months, prior to his adoption.

“Who knew when I met you at the Home of Hope Orphanage in Malawi, drinking Coke from a baby bottle and diaperless that you would become this force of nature?” the hitmaker wrote online.

Celebrations: Madonna shared a heartfelt tribute to adopted son David Banda (pictured) on his 16th birthday in an Instagram post on Saturday – as she recalled drinking ‘coke from a baby bottle’ when he was 13 months old at an orphanage in Malawi when They first met

Madonna posted a recent photo of David cutting a stylish figure in a vibrant blue cardigan, matching trousers and statement jewelry, including a layer of necklaces.

Another unusual photo shows David, in a Gucci ensemble, merging head-to-toe with Madonna, wearing a tribal-inspired leopard-print frock and fedora hat.

Other photos show David showing off his flair for fashion in a number of ensembles, including a soft black tuxedo and bow tie, as well as African attire.

Designer Style: The Queen of Pop, 63, shared a photo of David in a head-to-toe Gucci ensemble.  Madonna hugged him and donned a tribal-inspired leopard-print dress and fedora

Designer Style: The Queen of Pop, 63, shared a photo of David in a head-to-toe Gucci ensemble. Madonna hugged him and donned a tribal-inspired leopard-print dress and fedora

A whole bunch of fun shots: Madonna shared this playful photo of David lounging over a pool table

A whole bunch of fun shots: Madonna shared this playful photo of David lounging over a pool table

Polished: The Vogue hitmaker also captured David showing his fashion flair in a number of ensembles, including a suave black tuxedo and bow tie

Polished: The Vogue hitmaker also captured David showing his fashion flair in a number of ensembles, including a suave black tuxedo and bow tie

The Vogue chart also featured a gorgeous photo of herself cradling David on her hip as a baby, with daughter Lourdes Leon, now 24, by her side.

Madonna wrote at the birthday image gallery: ‘David Banda!! I can’t believe you’ve grown into this young man! This artist. This athlete. This eloquent and charismatic human being.

‘Who knew when I met you at Home of Hope Orphanage in Malawi, drinking Coke from a baby bottle and diaperless that you would become this force of nature?

Sweet Tribute: Madonna wrote at the birthday image gallery: 'David Banda!!  I can't believe you've grown into this young man!  This artist.  This athlete.  This articulate and charismatic man'

Sweet Tribute: Madonna wrote at the birthday image gallery: ‘David Banda!! I can’t believe you’ve grown into this young man! This artist. This athlete. This articulate and charismatic man’

She continued,

She continued, “Who knew when I met you at the Home of Hope Orphanage in Malawi, drinking Coke from a baby bottle and diaperless that you would become this force of nature?”

Devoted Mother: 'Happy Sweet Sixteen!  I am so proud of you!'  Madonna added

Devoted Mother: ‘Happy Sweet Sixteen! I am so proud of you!’ Madonna added

‘Happy Sweet Sixteen! I am so proud of you!’ she continued.

Madonna adopted David when he was just 13 months old, with then-husband Guy Ritchie, 53.

The former couple share son Rocco, 21, and Madonna is also a mother to Lourdes, with ex-boyfriend Carlos Leon, 55.

Madonna also adopted Malawi orphans Mercy James (15) and nine-year-old twins Stella and Estere.

One of six children: Madonna adopted David when he was just 13 months old, with then-husband Guy Ritchie, 53

One of six children: Madonna adopted David when he was just 13 months old, with then-husband Guy Ritchie, 53

Family: Madonna is pictured with David as baby and daughter Lourdes Leon, now 24

Family: Madonna is pictured with David as baby and daughter Lourdes Leon, now 24

The Papa Don’t Preach artist recently celebrated Stella and Estere’s birthday with a lavish party, attended by Madonna’s friend Ahlamalik Williams, 27.

Madonna revealed what motherhood has taught her in an interview with the Today show in 2019.

‘[Having children has] reminded me how precious time is and that every child needs attention, vigilance and guidance in a different way,” she said.

Her team: Madonna is pictured with Lourdes, son Rocco Ritchie, 21, who she shares with ex-husband Guy Ritchie, David, and her adopted children, daughter Mercy James, 15, and twins Estere and Stella Ciccone, nine

Her team: Madonna is pictured with Lourdes, son Rocco Ritchie, 21, who she shares with ex-husband Guy Ritchie, David, and her adopted children, daughter Mercy James, 15, and twins Estere and Stella Ciccone, nine

Motherhood: Madonna revealed what motherhood has taught her in an interview with the Today show in 2019.'[Having children has] reminded me how precious time is and that every child needs attention, vigilance and guidance in a different way,

Motherhood: Madonna revealed what motherhood has taught her in an interview with the Today show in 2019.'[Having children has] reminded me how precious time is and that every child needs attention, vigilance and guidance in a different way,” she said.

Life Lessons: 'Really, you have to be prepared for anything.  They teach you to stop being self-obsessed because they are always there to throw a wrench into work… self-obsession is not allowed in children,

Life Lessons: ‘Really, you have to be prepared for anything. They teach you to stop being self-obsessed because they are always there to throw a wrench into work… self-obsession is not allowed in children,” she continued. Pictured: Estere and Stella

“Really, you have to be prepared for anything. They teach you to stop being self-obsessed because they are always there to throw a wrench in the work… self-obsession is not allowed in children.”

Madonna likened motherhood to songwriting, in that the more you practice, the better you get.

“The more kids you have, the better you get at parenting…yes, sure,” she said.

Her love: Madonna is dating professional dancer and choreographer Ahlamalik Williams (pictured), 27

Her love: Madonna is dating professional dancer and choreographer Ahlamalik Williams (pictured), 27

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