Well, the date has come and gone for Rocco Ritchie to return to New York per Madonna’s filing with a New York court, but another date, next month, has been given for dad Guy Ritchie to produce Rocco. But this time, Guy Ritchie is not taking any chances, and he has lawyered up in England for what might be the celebrity custody battle of 2016, and it’s only January. Is this really a custody battle, or a tug of war between two people with strong personalities?
According to the Inquisitr, Madonna has taken to social media to appeal to son Rocco, and let him know she wants him to come back. Madonna has been all over Instagram, calling on fans to be “part of her gang,” and be part of #teammadonna. Rocco, in turn, has blocked Madonna from his Instagram account, but is being followed by Guy Ritchie and step-mother Jacqui Ainsley, and Rocco follows them back. Might jealousy be rearing its ugly head for the Material Girl who isn’t used to hearing no?
TMZ is reporting that Rocco Ritchie is having a blast and living in a stable home environment with dad, Guy Ritchie. The Ritchie boys were seen around town in London, dressed all match-matchy in black jackets, riding bikes like everyday lads out on the town. Sources are saying that Rocco craves a normal life with school, friends, and parents at home as opposed to following his mother on tour and living in hotels. Rocco is allegedly tired of being Madonna’s trophy kid, and just wants to be a normal kid.
Rocco is also tired of being plastered on his mother’s social media, so her notes to him, complete with images of Rocco through the years, are having the opposite effect. One photo, of Rocco in his underwear on Madonna’s Instagram, is hashtagged #nosausage. What 15-year-old boy would be down with that?
Flashback Madonna Rocco David pic.twitter.com/6HKrJfHctw— Julie Fan of Madonna (@julieroot4) January 6, 2016
People Magazine is saying that this custody battle is not just over Rocco, but a huge Madonna power struggle with Guy Ritchie, who also had had enough of the Madonna Show and fled.
“This is far beyond a situation about Rocco – it’s about a situation between Madonna and Guy,” a friend of the former couple tells People of their squabble over their 15-year-old son. “They don’t have a good relationship; it’s more of a power fight between them and if he can one-up her. This is the best way he can do it.”
In their 2008 divorce, Madonna agreed to pay Guy Ritchie $76 million, and their split was less than amicable.
“Prior to their divorce, [their relationship] was horrible,” the friend adds.
Madonna and Guy's custody battle stems from a 'power struggle' between them, 'not between her and Rocco': source: https://t.co/vHgZPFAP9F— People magazine (@people) January 9, 2016
But why can’t Madonna just let Rocco spend some time with Guy Ritchie, considering that Madonna has had Rocco with her far more than 50 percent of the time so far? Well, because Madonna was allegedly furious with Rocco, and took away his cell phone while he was on tour with her, and in turn, he bolted to be with his father, according to the Daily Mail. Madonna feels that Guy Ritchie is interfering with Rocco’s punishment, and usurping her role as parent.
“Madonna is quite firm with Rocco and she took his phone from him when it interfered with his studies,” the source claims. “She is stricter than Guy and Rocco doesn’t like it. When she took the phone away, it pushed him over the edge.”
But Madonna is also allegedly envious of Rocco’s bond with Guy Ritchie’s wife, Jacqui Ainsley. Rocco craves a normal life, with parents who put their role as parents first.
“When Rocco is in England he gets to live a low-key life. He can go about his business and talk to girls without paparazzi stalking him.”
Madonna has now vowed to fight until the end to regain custody of Rocco over Guy Ritchie and Jacqui Ainsley.
“She was unhappy that Jacqui had cemented her role in Rocco’s affections,” a source told the paper.
Do you agree that Madonna should just let Rocco have some time with Guy Ritchie, and see how he does for the semester in school, rather than put a paparazzi target on the child’s back with an international custody battle, or push ahead?
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