Madonna Gets Ready For Mercy (With Gwyneth & Lourdes’ Help)

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Madonna has been busy prepping for the arrival of her new three-year-old daughter Mercy from Malawi — although why she hasn’t gone over there herself yet we’re not sure.  It’s said that Madge is equipping her new $30m NYC townhouse with “porcelain dolls, antique teddy bears, a library of leather-bound children’s books and ancient maps of Africa to adorn the walls.” No pressure, then? She’s also said to have enlisted the interior-decorating skills (???) of pal Gwyneth Paltrow. “Madonna was so impressed with her daughter Apple’s room that she asked Gwyneth to help her [decorate] Mercy’s new bedroom,” reports the Sun.

The extra detail we love is the claims that mom Madonna is stockpiling outfits like “cashmere sweaters, dresses and silk tunics” for Mercy, whereas older daughter Lourdes has been buying “piles of leggings, hipster T-shirts, tutus and trainers” for her new sister. That’s going to be one confusingly-dressed toddler. [Photo: Getty Images]