05/05/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Guy Ritchie "Saddened" By Madonna Adoption Failure

British director Guy Richie called his ex-wife Madonna "a great mum" following news that the singer's bid to adopt a second child from Malawi was rejected Friday.

Richie, 40, father to the couple's son Rocco, 3, and David Banda, 3 - the Malawian boy he and Madonna officially adopted in 2008 - issued a statement through his rep saying: "I fully supported Madonna in her decision to apply for this adoption, and I am saddened that her application has been rejected. She is motivated only by being a caring parent who seeks to share some of the advantages and opportunities that her life has given her."

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