Papa Didn't Preach: Madonna's Child Custody Battle Settled

By George Khoury, Esq. on September 09, 2016 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Madonna and her ex-husband, Guy Ritchie, settled their bitter, nine-month-long child custody battle over their 16-year-old son Rocco. According to TMZ, the former celebrity couple was due in court on Wednesday to argue over custody. Rather than battle it out in court, the former couple worked out a settlement agreement that will allow Rocco to stay in London with his father.

Rocco left Madonna's custody on his own during her world tour. While the tour was in Europe, Rocco traveled to London to stay with his father. When Madonna returned home to New York, Rocco refused to come home and Ritchie's attorney explained that Rocco expressed his preference to live with his father in London.

From Material Girl to Mad Mama

When Madonna learned that her son did not want to return to Manhattan to live with her, nor did he want to celebrate Christmas with her, she became understandably angry. Despite getting a court order requiring Richie to return their son to New York, Richie did not comply.

Based on TMZ's report, it appears that after the couple reached a settlement before the hearing Wednesday, the material girl became a mad mama. Next to photos posted on social media, she writes "Sometimes moms need to be a b****."

All's Well that Ends After a Bunch of Drama

Families fight, get in disagreements, and then make up. When the family includes the world famous pop star and cultural icon, Madonna, and renowned director, Guy Ritchie, the larger than life personalities end up creating a whole lot of public drama.

Madonna was justifiably upset that her son left while they were on a world tour together, refused to return home for Christmas, and even refused to come home for school in January. Finding out that your child, especially during their teenage years, wants to stay with an ex-spouse is not only infuriating, it also hurts emotionally.

Fortunately, it has been reported that Madonna and Rocco have repaired their relationship, despite the fact that Rocco will be remaining in London with his father. This is a lesson for all parents in a custody battle: working together to resolve a dispute is always best.

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