Saturday 26 May 2018

Madonna's son Rocco Ritchie 'describes himself as son of a b***h' on Instagram

Madonna and Rocco (left) and with his father Guy Ritchie (right)
Madonna and Rocco (left) and with his father Guy Ritchie (right)
Madonna and Guy Ritchie with their children, Lourdes and Rocco, in happier times back in 2008. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Danny Boyle

Rocco Ritchie, Madonna's son who is at the centre of a bitter custody battle, reportedly described himself as being the "son of a b***h".

In a move that could be seen as a swipe at his pop star mother, an Instagram account believed to have been set up by the 15-year-old had the comment in a biographical description next to a picture of the teenager.

Rocco, who is in the middle of a trans-Atlantic legal dispute with Madonna and her ex-husband Guy Ritchie, has not been on social media this year.

In January, he deleted his public Instagram account, which had 140,000 followers. However, he is now believed to have set up a new account.

This morning, the account was made private, so that only approved followers can see posts. The description was later changed to Lol - short for laugh out loud.  The profile picture was also changed from a picture of Rocco to a robot.

A source close to Madonna told the Mail on Sunday: "If this is his new account then clearly comments like this show he's in a delicate place and highlights the fact he needs to be in an equally supportive relationship with both parents.

"The fact it has been set up at all, even if it is just a prank by one of his friends, shows how public their feud has become. For Madonna, it is proof their relationship needs to get back on track as soon as possible."

Madonna is reportedly due to fly to Britain on Tuesday to see her son for the first time since Christmas.

The 57-year-old and Ritchie, the British filmmaker, have been involved in a legal battle over the future of Rocco's care for four months.

Last month, a High Court judge in London urged the former couple to try to settle the dispute and focus on enjoying what is left of Rocco's "precious" childhood.

Mr Justice MacDonald said it would be a "very great tragedy" if more of the "fast receding" days of Rocco's youth were taken up by litigation.

The judge warned the pair that "summer does not last forever" - and said their child would "very quickly" become an adult.

He pleaded with them to resolve their differences in a ruling on the latest stage of litigation following a hearing in the Family Division.

A lawyer specialising in family cases said Mr Justice MacDonald's comments would be a "reality check" for Madonna and Mr Ritchie.

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