In what may be a thawing of the chilly relationship between pop star Madonna and her elder son, Rocco Ritchie, the teen reportedly visited his mother at her home in London.
In undated photos published Sunday by TMZ.com, Ritchie, 15 — who has been living with his English-filmmaker father, Guy Ritchie, for several months — is seen at what the site identified as Madonna’s residence. The British newspaper The Telegraph added that Rocco was dropped off by “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” director Guy Ritchie in a Land Rover Discovery four-wheel drive, alongside Ritchie’s wife, model Jacqui Ainsley.
Rocco, photographed with a skateboard, spent two hours and left with a group of skateboarding friends, the paper said, adding that Madonna later exited the residence and went bicycling on a silver mountain bike, accompanied by two apparent security guards.
Madonna, 57, and Ritchie, 47, have been engaged in a contentious custody battle. In a hearing on March 21, a British judge implored “the parents to seek, and to find, an amicable resolution to the dispute between them,” and said it would be “a very great tragedy for Rocco if any more of the precious and fast-receding days of his childhood were to be taken up by this dispute.”
The singer, who had pursued legal action in the United Kingdom under the 1980 Hague Convention on international child abduction, later withdrew her British case, suggesting that the parents were following that advice.
A Manhattan court in December had ordered that Rocco Ritchie be returned to Madonna in New York. At a subsequent hearing in March, Guy Ritchie’s lawyer responded that, “Rocco is of an age where he cannot be physically forced to board a plane to come back.” Ellen Sigal, the teen’s attorney, said Rocco Ritchie was enrolled at a London school under an agreement between the parents, and that, “Having this order over his head is stressful and upsetting to him.”
Madonna and Guy Ritchie were married from December 2000 until their divorce was finalized in January 2009. Madonna additionally has a daughter, Lourdes Ciccone Leon, 19, with former companion Carlos Manuel Leon; an adopted daughter, Chifundo “Mercy” James, 8; and an adopted son, David Banda, 10.