Sunday 25 September 2016

Rocco leaning on 'big brother' Brooklyn Beckham during custody battle with Madonna and Guy Ritchie

Published 14/03/2016 | 12:51

Brooklyn Beckham (left) and Rocco Ritchie (right)
Brooklyn Beckham (left) and Rocco Ritchie (right)
Brooklyn Beckham attends Universal Music Group's 2016 GRAMMY after party at The Theatre At The Ace Hotel on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Rocco Ritchie seen on his skateboard on January 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Crowder/Legge/GC Images)
Brooklyn Beckham and mum Victoria Beckham

Rocco Ritchie has been leaning on pal Brooklyn Beckham during his time of need.

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The 15-year-old son of Madonna and ex-husband Guy Ritchie is at the centre of an international custody battle between his parents, who are based in New York and London, respectively.

Rocco visited his father in December and refused to return home to his mother and the pair are now embroiled in litigation as they attempt to "reach a resolution".

While details of his family life are being relayed in the media, he has been turning to a celebrity child who is accustomed to trying to live a normal life in the spotlight - David and Victoria Beckham's eldest son Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Beckham attends Universal Music Group's 2016 GRAMMY after party at The Theatre At The Ace Hotel on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Brooklyn Beckham attends Universal Music Group's 2016 GRAMMY after party at The Theatre At The Ace Hotel on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

"He's been a fantastic influence," an insider told heat magazine. "The boys are both into skateboarding, music and cinema and they're both aspiring photographers. Along with other friends, they make short, arty movies.

"Since Rocco's moved to London, he's been handing around with Brooklyn's friendship group, which is made up of really good, grounded kids. Even Madonna is on board with the friendship because while Rocco can sometimes be quite rebellious, Brooklyn is mannerly, calm and easy going."

Rocco Ritchie seen on his skateboard on January 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Crowder/Legge/GC Images)
Rocco Ritchie seen on his skateboard on January 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Crowder/Legge/GC Images)
Brooklyn Beckham and mum Victoria Beckham
Brooklyn Beckham and mum Victoria Beckham

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