Madonna and her adopted twin daughters have accepted undisclosed damages from Associated Newspapers over an article that appeared on the Mail Online which she said was a "serious invasion of privacy".

The singer, who adopted four-year-old twins Stella and Estere in February, brought the case at London's High Court over an article that was published in January 2017 that caused her "considerable personal distress", her solicitor said.

The article appeared before Madonna had formally adopted the twins and revealed their names, race and age. It also disclosed the fact that they were the subject of pending applications for adoption by the singer and that they lived in an orphanage in Malawi.

Madonn'a lawyer Jenny Afia said: "The Mail Online published it at a time when, as the journalist ought to have appreciated, Madonna would be powerless to protect the girls from harm.

"Their actions could, in her view, have threatened the integrity and/or outcome of the adoption process which would have had potentially life-changing implications for the girls, as well as for Madonna and her family."

Associated Newspapers have made a settlement involving the payment of damages and costs to Madonna.

Afia said the 58-year-old star will donate the damages to the Mercy James Institute for Paediatric Surgery in Malawi, adding: "She is pleased that at least some good can come out of the situation."