Over her long and storied career, Madonna became famous for her agile and energetic performances onstage.
On the evidence of her Instagram profile this Sunday, her youngest daughter Mercy’s all set to follow in her footsteps, of sorts.
A close-up of the smiling 10-year-old saw her with multiple medals slung on, the pink straps revealing they were for gymnastics.
Behind the scion of pop royalty was a whiteboard, and she’d got on a black jacket that appeared to be part of her uniform.
Her 58-year-old mother’s caption effervesced: ‘Mercy James takes home 4 Medals!’ before launching into a stream of emojis.
Pairs of hearts lined up next to each other were followed by laughing faces and party hats and, at the end, yet another laughing face.
Shortly after the first photo, the Material Girl posted another one of Mercy stood on a block next to other child gymnasts, who were also stood on blocks.
Madonna’s enthusiasm was undiluted. ‘Go Mercy James!!!’ her caption crowed, before adding graciously: ‘It’s all about team Work!’
In June 2009, the Express Yourself singer adopted the then three-year-old Mercy James from Malawi, after a successful court appeal against a ruling to deny her the adoption because she didn’t live in the African country.