The tedium of the Madonna adopts African boy story continues as it is reported that gay actor Rupert Everett is set to be the child’s godfather.

The actor, who appeared alongside the singer in comedy flop The Next Best Thing, has been asked to become involved in the life of David Banda, sources claim.

A friend told The Sun that Everett is an inspiration to the artist, “Madonna and Rupert have been pals for years and he is one of her closest friends. But more than that her trip to Africa was partly inspired by Rupert’s work out there.

“She knows he spends a lot of time in the country through his work with Aids charities and that he knows the country well. She feels he knows the culture well and would be a great help to David as he grows up.”

The revelation has led to rumours that the controversial adoption has been given official approval for the long term.

Meanwhile Madonna is to appear on the Oprah Winfrey show to justify the adoption which has been criticised over the way it was handled.