Madonna performs songs from her Rebel Heart Album

Madonna Sets Touring Record Despite Meltdown Rumors, Sells Over $1 Billion Worth Of Tickets

Although the Material Girl has found herself in the middle of a heated custody battle and has seemed to be displaying some out-of-character-behavior than we’re used to seeing when it comes to Madonna’s usual ways, the pop powerhouse has still managed to set a touring record.

Wednesday was cause for celebration, as Madonna’s Rebel Heart world tour, which wraps over the weekend, has sold over $1.31 billion in tickets. Madge, therefore, “holds the title of top grossing touring solo artist in the history of Billboard Boxscore.” Madonna also hits the No. 3 spot for the highest-grossing touring act, behind U2 and The Rolling Stones.

Madonna performs in concert at Rod Laver Arena on March 12, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.
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This incredible accomplishment is a bit dampened due to issues that are taking over Madonna’s personal life. These personal issues have now become quite public due to the pop star’s antics at her shows of late. People shares that her “career triumph comes at a bittersweet time for the pop icon, 57, who has been warring with Guy Ritchie, 47, over custody of their 15-year-old son Rocco since December.”

After one court hearing, to which neither parent was in attendance of, the court allowed Rocco to continue to live with his father in London on his own accord. Madonna has been fighting to bring Rocco back to the United States. A source close to the singer, however, notes that recent developments include a small victory in the custody saga for Madge, seeing as the high court in London insisted that the exes dispute be settled in the United States as opposed to the U.K.

People shares the words of the source, who is close to the singer.

“It’s a big win for Madonna that the U.K. courts ruled to have the custody dispute return to New York. It’s no secret her children mean everything to her, and she does everything she can to make sure they receive best possible education and live conscious, spiritual, well-rounded lives.”

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 17: Rocco Ritchie (L) and director Guy Ritchie attend the premiere of "Sherlock Holmes" at the Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on December 17, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
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Madonna has experienced massive success on tour as well as scrutiny due to questionable antics. The singer showed up extremely late to shows and drank cocktails onstage during a portion of her shows, which led fans and media to believe she was drunk or high.

A rep for Madonna slammed these rumors.

“She continues to be a pillar of strength even as she has shown a more vulnerable side. It’s unfair that both men and women feel they need to give their opinions on the kind of parent they ”feel’ Madonna should be because she isn’t like most parents: Not every parent can work as hard as she does without being put under a microscope, and most parents don’t have outrageous stories about them made up by the media on a daily basis.”

Although Madonna may not have been drunk or high, she did behave questionably at her recent show in New Zealand when she called a 17-year-old fan up onstage and exposed the fans bare breast. It was not, however, a problem to the fan who said it was the best moment of her life. As the Daily Mail reports, Madonna then treated her fan to a trip to see her perform in Australia to make up for the experience. The publication shares the details on this kind token Madonna offered the teen.

“An agent for Josephine, Domenick Nati, told Daily Mail Australia: ‘Three days after the show, Madonna flew Josephine and her mother to Sydney for the final show of her Australian tour on Sunday night.”

The teen model accepted the offer for a second chance to see her idol live and still shares that the moment Madonna exposed her was the “best moment.”

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