Sunday 18 February 2018

Madonna asks for privacy after son Rocco (16) busted for marijuana possession

Madonna on stage with son Rocco Ritchie in 2013
Madonna on stage with son Rocco Ritchie in 2013
Madonna and Guy Ritchie. Photo: PA
Madonna was reportedly "deeply worried" about son Rocco Photo: Getty
Madonna and Guy Ritchie with their children, Lourdes and Rocco, in happier times back in 2008. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

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Madonna has asked for privacy as she and her ex-husband Guy Ritchie deal with their teenage son Rocco's bust for marijuana possession.

Rocco Ritchie was found in possession of the drug in September after police reportedly received a tip off about the 16-year-old's drug use by his dad's concerned neighbours in London's posh Primrose Hill.

Officers swooped on the youngster and found a stash of cannabis in his backpack after conducting a body search.

The incident wasn't widely reported at the time, and reports suggest officials at Camden Borough's Youth Offending Team have been working on trying to rehabilitate Rocco and show him the error of his ways.

Madonna was reportedly
Madonna was reportedly "deeply worried" about son Rocco Photo: Getty

According to The Sun, he escaped a criminal record for the 28 September offence, although a record of the legal run-in will be kept.

Now his pop superstar mother Madonna has broken her silence about the incident, which she has branded a "family matter".

"I love my son very much," she adds in a statement issued to The Associated Press. "I will do whatever I can to give him the support that he needs, and I ask that you respect our privacy at this time."

Filmmaker Guy has yet to comment on the matter.

Rocco has been primarily living with his dad in London after his parents put an end to their nearly year-long custody battle in September (16). The feud was sparked in December, 2015 after the teen refused to return to his mother's home in New York City following a winter break in the U.K. with his father.

The pot bust isn't Madonna and Guy's only concern - earlier this month, Rocco was also captured on camera acting up with his rowdy friends while riding on the London Underground.

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