Tuesday 12 December 2017

Madonna wants to 'heal wounds' opened by dispute over son

Madonna is on tour in Australia
Madonna is on tour in Australia

David Barrett

Madonna has told a judge she wants to "heal the wounds" opened in a dispute with ex-husband Guy Ritchie over the future of their 15-year-old son Rocco.

In a hearing at the High Court in London, a lawyer for the singer told the judge she wanted to end litigation which has led to a public and acrimonious dispute with the British film director.

Revealing the 57-year-old pop star's hopes for the future at a private hearing in the Family Division, David Williams said: "She doesn't wish for these proceedings in England to continue any longer than necessary.

"What she has always sought is to find a way in which this family can come together to heal the wounds which have been inflicted on the family in the past four months or so. She wants to chart a course for Rocco and the family to help put this behind them and restore peace to the family."

The teenager is understood to have refused to return to the US after visiting London late last year.

Mr Williams said of his client: "When she gets back to New York, the family will settle back into their life. She hopes then the family will get together over Easter and start the process of trying to reach a resolution to this problem."

He added that should also include Mr Ritchie travelling to the US - where parallel family court proceedings are in progress.

The court heard Mr Ritchie instead proposed a "round-table" meeting in London involving lawyers.

As the judge finished hearing evidence in the custody case, he said he had to decide whether the proceedings launched by Madonna in England should end - or whether he should make decisions on Rocco's welfare.

Irish Independent

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