- Madonna went to court to force her son to spend Christmas with her in New York
- Her son is caught between the custody battle between her and estranged husband Guy Ritchie
- Ritchie’s lawyer insists that the boy, Rocco, wanted to remain with his father for the holiday
Superstar diva Madonna went to court in order to force her 15-year-old son, Rocco, to spend time with her in New York for Christmas.
However, Rocco’s father Guy Ritchie, who divorced Madonna in 2008, insists that their son wanted to remain in London together with him for the holidays.
The court approved Madonna’s claim, thereby ordering Rocco to be forced to board a plane from London to New York in time for the new school year.
“He has expressed very clearly that he does not want to return to New York,” said Eric Buckley, who represented Guy Ritchie at the trial, as quoted by the Telegraph.
Manhattan judge Deborah Kaplan who presided the hearing, ruled that Rocco must reconsider the issue of which parent he would prefer to live with.
However, the judge also ordered that the teenager must present himself to the court in the United States for the case to be finally decided.
“I’m directing the child to be returned to New York. If he wants to stay with his father, he must return to his mother,” Judge Kaplan said.
The 57-year-old singer was seen smiling as the order was handed out but refused to give comment when she left the courtroom after the trial.
This latest custody battle indicates what showbiz insiders believe to be a growing rift between the estranged couple.
Madonna and Ritchie split after an eight-year marriage, and agreed to divide the time to be spent with them by their two children, Rocco and younger David, who was adopted by the couple from Malawi in 2006.