Madonna’s contentious custody battle with ex-husband Guy Ritchie over their son Rocco has reportedly come to an end.
A court official confirmed Wednesday that the Material Girl and Ritchie had reached a settlement, according to the Associated Press. But no details of the agreement were made public.
Madge and the film director informed the judge that they resolved their differences just hours before they were set to appear in court on Wednesday, TMZ reported.
At the heart of the dispute was whether 16-year-old Rocco would continue living with his dad in London or with his mom.
Their legal showdown has been going on for years, with Madonna contending that Ritchie was too lenient with their son. Things came to a head in December when a New York judge granted Madonna’s request to have Rocco return to New York from London after he reportedly skipped out on the remainder of her Rebel Heart Tour and refused to board a U.S.-bound plane from Britain.
In March, a judge urged the exes to find an amicable resolution for Rocco’s sake.
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The singer’s best preparation for the demands of directing a movie may have been her ambitious, visually driven live shows. “When you’re putting a show together, you’re dealing with so many elements,” she said. “You’re creating a stage and working with lights and costumes and dancers who you could say are the actors. You’re paying attention to the minutiae and you’re also stepping back and looking at the bigger picture. I always like to tell stories in my show and have some kind of an arc. I have a crew that I rely on desperately and ... I’m working with creative people, so I need to be judicious with the way that I speak with them. I’ve always been intricately involved in every aspect of my show. I know where all the nails are on the stage.” (Ettore Ferrari / EPA)
“Sometimes [Lourdes] will do certain things or say certain things and I’ll feel like I’m looking in a mirror,” Madonna said. “I’ll get really irritated with her and then I’ll stop and think, ‘But that’s what I used to do.’ Or ‘That’s what I do.’ If I complain to my friends and say, ‘Oh, she’s so strong willed or she’s so opinionated,’ they look at me and go, ‘Well, what did you expect?’ ”
“I have 12 minutes and 40 seconds to do something extravagant and exciting in the middle of something that’s quite sacred to all of America,” she said. “No one’s asked me to tone down my moves. They were curious about my costumes and the costumes of the dancers.... They were very clear with us up front that they don’t want nipples or anything like that, and I didn’t have any intention of doing that, so I was like, ‘OK, we’re cool.’ I’m more nervous about this than most things I’ve done, simply because ... it’s not how I’m used to working. I’m a perfectionist. I like everything to be done just so, and I like to run things and run things and run things until people can do it with their eyes closed.” (Mark Cornelison / Mark Cornelison/Lexington Herald-Leader/MCT)
In this photo, Madonna performs in concert at the Forum on May 24, 2004. (Los Angeles Times)
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Vogue editor-at-large Andre Leon-Talley said she “turned up around 8:30 p.m. dressed as a Louise Brooks-sleek brunette-bobbed punk diva, resplendent with marvelous studs, and a short Givenchy Haute Couture jacket that topped off her stockinged legs and fuchsia heels.” (Timothy A. Clary / AFP / Getty Images)
In this photo, Madonna waves in central Rome after visiting her Hard Candy Fitness center, a global chain of gyms opening around the world, on August 21, 2013. (Tiziana Fabi / AFP / Getty Images)
Mother and son appear to have reconciled since then. She reunited with her firstborn son in London over the summer and he spent part of the season with her, going on a family vacation to Africa and celebrating the singer’s 58th birthday with her in Cuba last month.
The Grammy winner and Ritchie, who split in 2008, co-parent Rocco and their adopted son David, 10. The singer is also mom to daughter Lourdes from another relationship and adopted daughter Mercy. Ritchie has three children with his current wife, Jacqui Ainsley.
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