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Tuesday, March 15, 2016 Madonna is Unhappy and Exhausted. But She is NOT Falling Apart. Sorry, Haters — and Very Weird "Fans." "IF you could do it differently, would you? At least to save yourself some of the media excess? "Oh, I don't know. Would I have my husband and children now? Would I still be living only for myself? Nobody put a gun to my head to do a lot of things I did, and I don't regret those things either. It was stuff I was working out. It's a little late to second guess my choices. In fact, it's too late two minutes after making the choice." THAT was part of a little interview I had with Madonna back in 2006, when she was ostensibly still happily married to Guy Ritchie, and had recently adopted a child, David, a boy from the impoverished African country of Malawi. (She would subsequently adopt a girl, whom she would call Mercy, from the same country, bringing her family to a total of four children, including her first, daughter Lourdes Leon, and son Rocco Ritchie.) Madonna was touring at the time, and although I had heard rumors that all was not happy on the homefront, Madonna seemed serene at that point. I had also not forgotten how much she supported her husband's movie "Revolver." Not only did she ask me to attend several versions of the film, as Ritchie edited it, she also arranged for me to interview Guy, whom I had met, but spoken to only briefly. He was handsome and seemed charming. He was, however, totally caught up in the "meaning" of his film, and I have to admit after a while I began to lose track, although his metaphysical approach was fascinating. He talked a lot. A few nights after that, I attended the premiere of "Revolver." As I approached Madonna at the buffet table, she smiled slightly and said, "I think now you know, I rarely get a word in edgewise at home." (From several other offhand remarks she'd made to me, I got the feeling Madonna didn't think she was getting enough affectionate/sympathetic attention from Guy. But as I hardly imagined marriage to The Big M was eternal smooth sailing, I didn't think too much of it.) That night she wore high-heels that resembled revolvers, and the couple seemed affectionate. Two years later, they would separate. It was not friendly. He took a lot of money. Now Madonna, who will end her "Rebel Heart" tour in a few days, in Sydney, Australia, is embroiled in a terrible custody battle over her and Ritchie's son, Rocco. Madonna is strict, Guy is not. That, apparently, is Rocco's problem. He's 15. Madonna adores her son. She loves all of her children. She's not a perfect person and would be the first to admit it, but she has been a good parent. (She would also admit that like all parents, she has things to learn and accept in that area, too.) AS miserable as this custody issue has made her, the very last thing that she would do is self-destruct. I know there's a contingent out there that wants this super-controlled, phenomenally successful woman to lose it, and become a tragic figure. Just like all the others — Judy and Marilyn and Amy and Billie and Jim Morrison and Janis, etc. Some of these people even claim to be fans! They think she needs to be "humbled." Not. Going. To. Happen. Apparently her emotions got the better of her in Australia a few nights ago. Her show was a bit wobbly and she asked one of her staff to bring her a drink onstage. This led to gleeful assumptions that the "big fall" so many have anticipated, waited for, counted on was happening. I don't think so. As vulnerable as she actually is, under the brass of her image, she would never lose herself to her anger, bitterness or misery. Madonna is only human — really! — and I'd venture that aside from her mother's death, when she was six, and perhaps her split from Sean Penn, this business with Rocco is likely the worst personal crisis of her life. And totally unexpected, too. Prior to Rocco's hankering for London and "more freedom," Madonna and her son seemed very close, and he was eager to be near her and part of her tours. IF I were in a position to advise Madonna — I'm not, actually, I simply like her a lot! — I'd say go to bed for a week after this exhausting tour is over. Then get up, sit down, and write your son an old-fashioned letter. Not an e-mail and not a public display of words or deeds — no video tributes during performances, no Instagram, no Twitter. But I realize she feels frantic and helpless, as any parent would who thinks their child might be taken away or negatively influenced or turned against them. So, the measured letter routine probably won't do, for Madonna. I think it all will work out, but sorry haters — or you people out there who just love a good celebrity tragedy — she's not heading down the road to perdition and/or messy decline. She hasn't worked this hard and this long to allow that to happen. She certainly doesn't want to give Guy Ritchie the satisfaction or ammunition. How well I remember sitting with Madonna at the old Morton's restaurant in Hollywood shortly after she and Guy first began dating. (She had just performed at the MTV Awards.) "He's sooo nice!" I whispered. Madonna laughed, "Yeah, I wonder if he's too nice. I'm going against type. I usually like bad boys." As Madonna learned, first impressions can be misleading, and bad boys are sometimes nicer than "nice" guys. http://www.newyorksocialdiary.com/guest-diary/2016/liz-smith-sorry-haters
If you don 't like this topic can you stay out of it? kinda of sick of the same people coming in trying to decide for the rest of us what we're allowed to discuss or not, when this is talked about everywhere, including by Madonna herself. GIRL ABOUT TOWN: Madonna: I gave you £50m and a mansion...so no, she tells Guy, she won't pay his Rocco love-tug legal feesAs if the custody battle between Madonna and her ex-husband Guy Ritchie over their son Rocco wasn’t bitter enough, I can now reveal that Ritchie’s lawyers have sent the pop superstar a letter demanding that SHE pay HIS legal fees. Madonna, who is on tour and had a meltdown on stage in Australia last week, is said to be outraged by the demand. She has told friends that she has no intention of paying anyone to help her lose a fight to have her son live with her in the United States. And a source close to the singer, 57, claims that as a solvent and successful film director, Ritchie could easily sign the cheques for the legal fees himself. The source said: ‘It’s a lawsuit Guy instigated and now wants Madonna to pay. ‘Madonna says she gave him £50 million and an estate in Wiltshire when they divorced and she thinks that is quite enough. She can’t believe he is cheeky enough to ask her for the money. ‘It is simply illogical to expect her to pay towards lawyers who want to have her son taken away from her.’ It is thought that the bill for the ongoing custody battle could reach hundreds of thousands of pounds. Ritchie, 47, and his new wife, model Jacqui Ainsley, 34, divide their time between his townhouse in London and Ashcombe Park, the shooting estate in Wiltshire he once shared with Madonna. Rocco, 15, has been living with them since December, when he visited the UK for a holiday and refused to go back to his mother’s home in the US or join her on tour. Last week, The Mail on Sunday revealed how Madonna had accepted that she had lost the custody battle. But she told a judge she would like to ‘heal the wounds’ opened in the dispute At a hearing at the High Court in London, a lawyer for the singer told Mr Justice MacDonald that she wanted to end litigation and have a private hearing in the Family Division. David Williams QC said: ‘She wants to chart a course for Rocco and restore peace to the family.’
XXL posted a topic in General Madonna DiscussionMadonna and Guy Ritchie Model a ‘Good Divorce’ http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/15/madonna-and-guy-ritchie-model-a-good-divorce/ Celebrities aren’t always the best role models. This weekend, however, Madonna and her ex-husband, Guy Ritchie, showed us how parents should behave by attending their son Rocco’s bar mitzvah together at the Kabbalah Center in New York City. It seems they were able to put aside whatever bitterness might remain from their acrimonious 2008 divorce in order to celebrate an important moment for their child. Of course, the pop icon and her director ex aren’t the first divorced stars to display mature behavior when it comes to their children. Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe are often seen together at their children’s games, and the news media report regularly on Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony reuniting for their twins’ school events. Even the troubled actor Charlie Sheen has been known to set aside his resentment toward his ex Denise Richards after a bitter custody dispute over their daughters, Sam and Lola, in order to celebrate holidays as a family. Not surprisingly, family therapists strongly recommend that, when possible, parents put aside bad feelings and troubled pasts to attend events and celebrate occasions together with their children. It’s important to show children that they are more important than any hostility between their parents and that adults can keep their emotions in check when necessary. There are, of course, cases when this is not recommended. If two parents just cannot tolerate each other, can’t avoid arguments or name-calling or have been advised by a lawyer to avoid contact, psychologists say stay away. I know from experience that moving past anger and frustration, even for the sake of a child, is hard to do. My husband has a daughter from a previous marriage, and the bitterness between our two households has sometimes been more than any of us were able to overcome. His daughter was 5 when we met and is 20 now. As her two sets of parents, we have been to countless birthday parties, school performances and graduations together, many times sitting on opposite sides of the paint-your-own-pottery studio or high school auditorium, having taken turns wishing the supposed star of the occasion a happy-this or a good-job-that. It was only when we found out that my stepdaughter was unexpectedly pregnant that we realized we had to move past our differences. She is unmarried and very young, and she needs our help. Not surprisingly, through all the meetings and back-and-forths, her mother and I have realized we have a lot in common and actually like each other. We text almost every day now, sometimes about the girl we both love, sometimes not even. I wish we had been big enough to do this years ago. To my stepdaughter: I’m sorry for all the tension and fractured parenting you endured. All I can do now is vow to stay on the right side of grown-up, like (ouch) Madonna.