By Mtisunge Kagomo
Madonna, 60, gives surprise New Year’s Eve performance with her son David Banda, 13, at legendary NYC gay bar Stonewall Inn to mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots
She is one of the greatest gay icons of all time.
According to dailymail.co.uk, and on Monday night, Madonna, 60, took to the stage at the famous New York gay bar Stonewall Inn in New York, for a special surprise performance to mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising.
The Papa Don’t Preach hitmaker surprised revellers at the venue – where the riots that launched the LGBT movement took place 50 years ago – when she appeared not long after midnight on New Year’s Eve to give a speech and perform two songs, with the help of her son David Banda, 13.
Madonna lead the crowd in a singalong of her smash hit ‘Like a Prayer’ before leading them into Elvis Presley’s classic 1961 track ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love.’
Clad in an all-black ensemble made up of skinny jeans, a shirt and a leather biker jacket, she added a splash of sparkle with glittering body chains and a shiny, oversized ‘New Year’ bow in her hair.
The singer, who has a large gay fan-base, was joined on stage for her unadvertised performance with her son, who looked dapper in stud-adorned trousers and a T-shirt, which he accessorised with a black top hat and a sleek bow-tie.
The teenager accompanied his mother on his red acoustic guitar as she sang her first number, and joined in with her to duet on the Elvis Presley song.
In 2006, Madonna adopted David Banda, now 13, from the Home of Hope in Malawi. He was battling pneumonia and malaria at the time.
She said at the time that she struggled with the criticism she faced when adopting the little boy she was trying to save.
In an interview with PEOPLE, she said some time later: ‘In my mind, I was thinking, ‘Wait a minute. I’m trying to save somebody’s life. Why are you all s****ing on me right now?’ I did everything by the book.’
The singer also told the publication that it was a ‘low point’ in her life and every night, she would ‘cry herself to sleep
David is a keen footballer and in August 2017, Madonna moved to Lisbon after David joined the Benfica football team youth academy.
Madonna is also mother to daughter Mercy, 13 who she adopted in 2009, and twins Esther and Stella Mwale, 6, who she adopted last year.
She also has two biological children, daughter Lourdes, 22, and son Rocco, 18, who she shares with her ex-husband film director Guy Ritchie.
Performing duo: The teenager accompanied his mother on his red acoustic guitar as she sang her first number.
After the Stonewall Uprising in 1969, Stonewall Inn in New York City became a landmark of the gay rights movement in the United States.
The riots between gay nightclub patrons and police followed a raid by the NYPD on the Stonewall Inn tavern in Greenwich Village.
In June 2016, then President Barack Obama dedicated the country’s first national monument to gay rights in the area surrounding the bar.
The riots and their aftermath were seen as the start of the modern international LGBT rights movement.
Iconic: After the Stonewall Uprising in 1969, Stonewall Inn in New York City became a landmark of the gay rights movement in the United States
Madonna has long said to have been a supporter of gay rights, ever since meeting her gay ballet teacher as a teenager in Detroit, Michigan.
She has since circulated within the gay community, becoming close friends with lesbian Rosie O’Donnell and bisexual comedienne Sandra Bernhard.
In 1991, Madonna gave a no-holds-barred interview to Advocate, then the largest voice of gay communities, in which she showed more understanding of LGBT+ issues and identity that any pop star before her.
In the two-part sit-down, Madonna revealed the roots of her gay identification via her early mentors, forged by her defining, early experiences in gay clubs.
The interview was published during the peak era of H.I.V. infections and deaths, at a time when many celebrities spoke about gay people only in the most nervously chaste ways.