Saturday 3 December 2016

'Who is going to take care of me?' - Madonna emotional again at second Melbourne show

Published 13/03/2016 | 13:59

Madonna on stage in Melbourne during her Rebel Heart tour
Madonna on stage in Melbourne during her Rebel Heart tour

The bitter court battle with ex-husband Guy Richie over their son Rocco appears to be taking its toll on Madonna.

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After a chaotic first date in Melbourne on Thursday in which she appeared on stage dressed as a clown and drank vodka, the troubled star delivered another emotional performance on Saturday.

During her appearance at the Rod Laver Arena she allegedly screamed "F*** me" at the crowd and pleaded, "Somebody take care of me please. Who is going to take care of me?"

The 57-year-old singer dedicated a song to Rocco and projected a photo of him as a child on the stage again.

She also swigged from a fan's hip flask.  Her drinking had also shocked fans during her concert on Thursday.

"One thing I’m going to do here tonight that I’ve never done before when singing is drink," she told the crowd. "I’m not supposed to be asking for alcohol right now but, Jesus Christ, get me some drink."

Madonna appeared as a clown on stage in Melbourne. PIC: Madonna Twitter
Madonna appeared as a clown on stage in Melbourne. PIC: Madonna Twitter

She had also appeared on stage dressed as a clown, to "symbolise heartbreak".

"There is something tragic about clowns because they try so hard to make you laugh and smile," she said.

“They are obviously covering up something, there is something going on inside. What do you think is going on inside of me?"

Despite the emotional outbursts, reviews of the shows, part of her Rebel Heart tour, have been hugely positive.

The singer has not seen Rocco since he refused to return to his mother in New York following a stay with his London-based father in December.

Madonna has pursued legal action in both the U.K. and New York, where earlier this month, Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Deborah Kaplan urged the two sides to find an amicable solution for the sake of Rocco.

That case was adjourned until 1 June, while Justice Alistair MacDonald concurred with Kaplan's advice during a preliminary London hearing last week.

On Friday, a lawyer for the singer told Mr Justice MacDonald that she wanted to end litigation.

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