London, Feb uary 8: Madonna has hit out at claims that she is "ripping the heart out of Africa" by adopting children from the continent.
The singer, along with the actress Angelina Jolie, was the subject of criticism from Mozambique-born supermodel Tasha de Vasconcelos.
Ms de Vasconcelos, who was forced to flee to Canada after the outbreak of civil war in her country of birth, had said that instead of taking children out of Africa, one should help inside the country.
She said she does not advocate adoption out of Africa to a Hollywood lifestyle, as Madonna and Angelina Jolie have done.
But a spokesman for Madonna, who has adopted two children from Africa, called the comments "reckless", the Telegraph reported.
"Her children are thriving and well cared-for and are certainly being educated about their culture and where they came from," the spokesman added. (ANI)