Madonna loses custody battle for son Rocco

Madonna's son Rocco will stay with his father Guy Ritchie in London.
Madonna's son Rocco will stay with his father Guy Ritchie in London. Bang Showbiz

A COURT has ruled that Madonna's son Rocco should stay with his father Guy Ritchie.

The 'Like A Virgin' hitmaker and the 'Man From U.N.C.L.E.' actor - who are locked in a bitter custody battle over the 15-year-old after he fled the singer's Rebel Heart tour - were not physically at the hearing, but listened to the judge through telephones as they were told that Rocco should remain in London for the meantime so he can attend school.

New York Supreme Court judge Deborah Kaplan said: "No one is disrupting this household. The child is in school; let us try to allow him to go forward in the most normal way. We're not forcing the child to leave school. His mother isn't asking that."

Whilst, according to PEOPLE magazine, an attorney appointed for Rocco added: "In almost every conversation, he has stressed to me how stressful [the very public custody battle is]. He is going to school now, which is a great step forward, and the parents should be commended that they were able to reach this decision ... He's enjoying himself there; he's having a good educational experience; the school seems to be a great fit for him."

The former couple will be back in court sometime in the summer, with the date provisionally set for June 1.

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