And they’re off! Today is the day that representatives for Guy Ritchie and Madonna appear in court to hash out details of the future custody of their 15-year-old son, Rocco Ritchie, who left his mother on tour to go live with his father. Rocco has made it clear that he wants to stay in London with his father and stepmother, Jacqui Ainsley, but Madonna does not find this acceptable.
According to the Inquisitr, neither Guy Ritchie nor Madonna intend to show up at the New York court hearing today, as they are both out of the country. They are also trying to avoid another media circus that Madonna brings, and get to the bottom of the conflict over where Rocco will continue to live. As of now, Rocco is going to school in London, where he prefers to stay.
TMZ is suggesting that Madonna has changed her strategy to get Rocco to come back to the United States. Initially, Madonna was planning on continuing to trash Guy Ritchie’s parenting style as too lax, in comparison to her strict, allegedly controlling manner. Instead, Madonna is trying to kill Rocco with kindness by sending him messages of love through social media. Sources say that Madonna is not ready to throw in the towel.
“She always has to be right. It’s her nature. She and Guy have disagreed on every [child rearing] decision they talk about, and it’s made her feel like he’s a bad parent.”
The Mirror is also confirming that neither Madonna nor Guy Ritchie are willing to back down in order to maintain custody of son Rocco. It is Rocco’s desire to stay in the U.K. with his father, Guy Ritchie, where he has been able to live a more normal life than on tour with his mother. Rocco’s lawyer, Eric Buckley, confirms that Rocco wants to stay with Guy Ritchie in London.
Rocco and Guy Ritchie were supposed to show in a New York courtroom at the end of 2015, but they were a no-show, and have since gotten legal representation.
Madonna and Guy Ritchie will square off in court today over the custody of son Rocco. Check out her new strategy. https://t.co/YZCS4DkY8X— TMZ Live (@TMZLive) March 2, 2016
The Guardian has not confirmed whether or not Madonna or any of the other parties in the case will appear in the New York court today. Judge Deborah Kaplan stated that Rocco would need to appear in person, with Madonna and Guy Ritchie to hash out what is best for the minor child, who, until this winter, was in the custody of Madonna, and visited Guy Ritchie.
Madonna has stated in the media that she does not think this situation is a comment on her parenting, but rather a statement against working women, and in particular, working mothers.
“It’s possible to be an entertainer and a good mother!!! Too bad we don’t live in a society where many encourage strong independent single working moms! The next great frontier!”
In addition to Rocco Ritchie, Madonna has a daughter, Lourdes Leon, and two adopted children, David Banda and Mercy James. Guy Ritchie has three other children with wife Jacqui Ainsley, all of which are under age 5.
Guy Ritchie and Rocco take a family bike ride in London - The Times (subscription) https://t.co/iOn12yhqfo— Madonna News (@MadonnnaDaily) March 2, 2016
Perez Hilton is posing a question to readers about Madonna’s new emotional strategy of sending messages of love to Rocco Ritchie through social media. In the past few months, Rocco has taken many of his accounts offline, if only temporarily, and blocked his mother on others. A particular low point was a photo of Rocco in his boxers, marked #nosausage by Madonna.
Fans will have to see if the conflict between Madonna and Guy Ritchie can be solved today.
Do you think Madonna and Guy Ritchie can work something out for Rocco’s sake?
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