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Madonna's Instagram: 'Married to the Mob!'

Madonna is currently in Italy on holiday and is sharing pictures on her Instagram page from there: 'Married to the Mob! 🇮🇹 🎉❣'

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'They say there are many worlds all around our own. Packed tight as the cells of your heart....And in those other worlds, the places you love are there, the people you love are there. Perhaps in one of them all wrongs are righted and life is as you wish it. So What if you found the door? And what if you found the key? Because everyone knows this: That the impossible happens once to each of us .......💘'

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Madonna moved to tears by case of child rape in Kenya

Pop star Madonna was reduced to tears during a trip to Kenya as she listened to a man describe how his five-year-old daughter had been recently raped by a neighbour in Nairobi's Kibera slum.

The U.S. singer met the man during a visit to Kibera, one of Africa's biggest slums, on Saturday and Sunday. She had gone there to see how she could improve the lives of its residents, a spokesman said.

'This was an incredibly powerful and disturbing conversation about the realities of violence in these people's lives,' said Trevor Neilson, who manages Madonna's Raising Malawi and Ray of Light foundations, and accompanied her on the trip. 'These stories brought Madonna to tears,' Neilson told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Madonna also met Kenya's First Lady Margaret Kenyatta on Monday to discuss working with her charity to scale up maternal and child health programs and initiatives against gender violence.

Kenyatta's charity Beyond Zero, which provides mobile clinics offering basic health services to Kenyans in remote areas, recently introduced safe spaces for victims to report gender based violence.

'Her (Madonna's) basic belief is that no child, no woman should be attacked anywhere. Period,' Neilson said. 'There needs to be a bright light shone on this problem, which creates an environment that enables the victims to come forward....and forces law enforcement to pursue these things.'

Constance Gakonyo, the First Lady's chief of staff, said the two women discussed ways of working together but they did not go into detail.

From Reuters Via Yahoo! News

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Madonna meets the 'first lady of Kenya' Margaret Kenyatta

The 57-year-old singer songwriter - who is currently visiting Kenya with Shining Hope for Communities, a charitable organisation which links free schools for girls to services for communities such as clean water and free health care, has met with Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta - the wife of the country's president, Uhuru Kenyatta - to talk about 'eliminating' mortality among mothers and babies.

The 'Ray of Light' singer shared a picture of her alongside Margaret on her Instagram account, which she captioned: 'Meeting with Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta, the first lady of Kenya! Learning about her Beyond Zero Campaign which targets eliminating maternal and child mortality in Kenya and hoping to join forces to promote Female Empowerment! Around the World! happy 4th!'

Meanwhile, the mother of four - who has children Lourdes, 19, and Rocco, 15, as well as her two adopted children Mercy and David, both 10, - has visited Kibera, Africa's biggest slum, during the trip to raise awareness of the poor living conditions in the country.

She also posted a picture of a litter-strewn river and wrote: 'Imagine this is where your water comes from! @shofco is working to change this in Kibera, Africa's largest slum.'

From Yahoo! News

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Madonna And Guy Ritchie Court Date Delayed

The Like A Prayer singer and her ex-husband were due to appear before a judge in New York on Tuesday to decide on the terms of the custody of their son Rocco, 15. But the hearing was adjourned hours before it was due to take place 'on consent of all parties'.

Madonna and her film director ex have been involved in a transatlantic custody row since last December when son Rocco refused to return home to New York after staying with his dad.

After his mother visited him in London, he has since returned to New York, and appears to be dividing his time between the U.S. city and London.

A spokesman for the Manhattan Supreme Court confirmed to Mail Online the hearing was delayed while a court officer said that the case had been 'put over for continued negotiation'.

While a new date for the hearing has not yet been set, editors at Mail Online claim both sides are close to reaching a resolution.

The New York hearing had already been delayed once before as Madonna, 57, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E director Ritchie work through their differences.

From Contactmusic


Madonna's Instagram: 'Stop Hate. Stop Violence.'

Madonna posted these three messages and pictures on her Instagram page after the Orlando terror attack: 'What has happened in Orlando is Devastating. My heart Goes Out to all the Victims of the Shooting and to their Families. Stop Hate Crimes!!!!


Madonna Tops Forbes First-Ever America's Wealthiest Female Musicians List 2016

The title of one of Madonna’s most popular songs is right on the money: 'Material Girl.' With a personal fortune of $560 million, she’s one of the richest self-made women in the country - and claims the top spot on our first-ever list of America’s Wealthiest Female Musicians.

Though Madonna has been in show business for decades, her earnings power is as strong as ever. Her recently-wrapped Rebel Heart tour grossed $170 million, adding to her whopping career total: an estimated $1.4 billion on the road alone.

The latest cash infusion adds to a fortune already rich with royalties and the rising value of her real estate portfolio, which includes an outrageously large townhouse on Manhattan’s Upper East Side purchased at the bottom of the market, as well as a fine art collection reportedly featuring the likes of Picasso, Kahlo and Man Ray.

Her secret? 'I’m a workaholic' she once said. 'I have insomnia. And I’m a control freak.'

From Forbes.com - thanks to Micheal


Madonna, Lourdes and Rocco see off-Broadway show

Madonna took two of her children, 19-year-old Lourdes and 15-year-old Rocco, to the off-Broadway show Sleep No More at The McKittrick Hotel on Tuesday night, all three wearing masks as they exited the performance.

The popular, sold-out show has audience members famously wear Venetian beak masks, which provides anonymity for celebrities to enjoy the theatrical experience as they roam six different floors and over 100 rooms. Past celeb attendees have included Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence, Justin Timberlake, and Ryan Gosling.

Tuesday's outing marks the first time since late last year that Rocco has been back in the United States. The teenager has been living with his father, director Guy Ritchie, in London, despite a court ruling that previously granted Madonna care of him. The 'Rebel Heart' singer and 47-year-old Ritchie have been embroiled in a drawn-out custody battle since December over their son's living arrangements. The two were set to have the custody hearing on the matter on Wednesday, but it was delayed to June 14.

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Madonna Slams Critics At Black Entertainment Television Over Prince Tribute

The Material Girl singer began her performance to her former flame, who died last month, with a touching rendition of his Nothing Compares 2 U, which became a huge global hit for Sinead O'Connor. Madonna, wearing a lavender suit and ruffled shirt like the ones Prince often performed in, was then joined by Stevie Wonder for a take on the tragic star's Purple Rain anthem.

Critics were quick to take a swipe at the 57-year-old, including a spokesperson for the U.S. cable network, who posted a video on Twitter.com promoting the BET Awards in June and writing, 'Yeah we saw that. Don't worry. We got you.'

The remarks, which have since been deleted, were posted immediately after Madonna's performance at the Billboard Music Awards on 22 May.

Now the pop superstar has fired a sly shot at BET executives in an old photo posted to Instagram.com, in which she is pictured wearing a floral motorcycle jacket and matching hat, posing alongside singer Marilyn.

'Wearing the jacket Prince gave me back in the day without permission from BET lol! God Bless America.'

The singer previously defended herself the morning after she hit the Billboard stage, writing, 'Anyone who wants to do a tribute to Prince is welcome to. Whatever your age Gender or skin Color. If you loved him and he inspired you then show it!!!! I love Prince 4 ever.'

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Madonna responds to critics of her Prince tribute

Madonna is dismissing critics of her tribute to Prince at the Billboard Music Awards with style.

A day after her performance of 'Nothing Compares 2 U' and duet with Stevie Wonder on 'Purple Rain,' the pop singer took to social media Monday and posted a picture of herself in a purple boa with a flower in her teeth.

She wrote that anyone who wants to do a tribute to Prince is welcome to, 'whatever your age gender or skin color. If you loved him and he inspired you then show it!!! I love Prince 4 ever.' She later posed a video of her dancing with a caption that indicated the criticism didn't bother her.

The decision to have Madonna honor Prince sparked criticism online and sparked a Change.org petition in the days before the awards show, with some asking that other musicians more closely aligned to Prince be involved as well. Madonna and Prince collaborated on "Love Song" from Madonna's 1989 album, 'Like a Prayer.'

Madonna's performance on Sunday was met by a flurry of tweets complaining about her version of 'Nothing Compares 2 U.' Some were underwhelmed, others found it inappropriate.

BET responded to Madonna's performance on Twitter by advertising its upcoming Prince tribute during their awards show next month, adding the caption 'Yeah, we saw that. Don't worry. We got you.'

But Roots drummer Questlove, who introduced Madonna's performance, defended her on Twitter, pleading for fans to 'not get ugly' wondering what Prince would approve of.

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Billboard producer defends choosing Madonna to honor Prince

The executive producer of Sunday's Billboard Music Awards is defending the decision to have Madonna pay homage to Prince, which has been met with some criticism online and sparked a Change.org petition.

'Listen, I think everybody is entitled to their opinion and everyone can have their own opinion, but I will say that we are honored and could not be more excited for Madonna to be on the show and to pay tribute to someone that was her friend and her peer and her colleague,' Mark Bracco said in an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday. 'I think it's going to be fantastic.'

Madonna and Prince collaborated on 'Love Song' from Madonna's 1989 album, 'Like a Prayer.' Bracco didn't say what song Madonna would perform, but said her tribute would be 'really beautiful.'

'It's going to be very, very intimate and very respectful, and I think it's something that is really going to pay tribute to Prince as the incredible, groundbreaking artist that he was and the influence that he had on music,' he said.

After the initial announcement earlier this month, a Change.org petition was launched. Bracco said that after Prince died on April 21, the show's producers brainstormed ways to honor his legacy. And then Madonna's folks called.

'Honestly her team gave a call and inquired about what we might be thinking about and it led to many conversations about what would she want to do and how would we want to shape it creatively,' he said. 'And after everyone (got) comfortable with exactly what the direction was, we all collectively wanted to go into Madonna, that she would do this and she has been very, very involved in how this will all unfold creatively.'

The Billboard Awards will air live at 8 p.m. EDT on ABC from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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Arianne Phillips: 'I cannot stand by and be silent'

Madonna's stylist and longtime collaborator Arianne Phillips has added her thoughts to the critics of Madonna's Met Ball outfit:

ON MY SOAPBOX....@madonna and @riccardotisci17 together created her met look. I wasn't part of it, however I cannot stand by and be silent. Regardless of what people's opinions are of her choice it is offensive and disturbing that women are chastised for being what society considers 'age appropriate', you don't see the kind of negative and horrible 'age appropriate' comments about the way men dress! It is unheard of we hold women to a different standard.

I support @Madonna in her choices to express herself in her art and who she is. She is a fierce leader, she has made a career based on making fearless bold choices. Young artists today owe a great debt to her trailblazing on many fronts.

I hardly ever comment on posts however I cannot stand by without voicing my support and appreciation for who Madonna is as a woman and artist. 👊🏼


Madonna hits back at Met Ball critics

Madonna hit back at all the negativity in the media about her Met Ball outfit in this Instagram post:

'We have fought and continue to fight for civil rights and gay rights around the world. When it comes to Women's rights we are still in the dark ages. My dress at the Met Ball was a political statement as well as a fashion statement. The fact that people actually believe a woman is not allowed to express her sexuality and be adventurous past a certain age is proof that we still live in an age-ist and sexist society. I have never thought in a limited way and I'm not going to start. We cannot effect change unless we are willing to take risks By being fearless and By taking the road less travelled by. That's how we change history. If you have a problem with the way I dress it is simply a reflection of your prejudice. I'm not afraid to pave the way for all the girls behind me‼️ As Nina Simone once said, the definition of freedom is being fearless. I remain Unapologetic and a Rebel ❤️ in this life and all the others. Join my fight for Gender. Equality! 🙏'

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Prince And Madonna Almost Toured Together, But He Said 'The World Isn't Ready'

The greatest co-headlining superstar tour of all time almost happened. Until Prince decided the world wasn't ready for that much awesome. The story of the never-to-be Royalty Tour came from Madonna/U2 manager Guy Oseary on Thursday night, in a loving Instagram tribute to Prince, who died earlier in the day at age 57 at his Minneapolis home.

'I met Prince when I was 12 years old. I asked for his autograph. He wrote 'Love God,'' wrote Oseary, who rose from a teenage A&R gig at Madonna's Maverick Records to his current position as one of the biggest managers in the business, with a client list that includes comedy superstar Amy Schumer. Oseary described the walls of his teenage room as being covered with Prince posters, visible from the street outside the two-bedroom apartment he shared with his dad.

Flash forward many years later and Oseary said he reconnected with Prince, with whom he'd become friendly. 'I called him a few years back with the idea of @Madonna and Prince going on tour together. I pitched it to Madonna and within a second she said 'I like it, we can call it the Royalty Tour... The Queen and The Prince'.... I love the way she thinks... When I told Prince the idea he said: 'the world isn't ready for this, it's too big.''

The hook-up made sense, and not only because the pair were two of the most pioneering video music artists of all time, practically helping to invent the genre (along with Michael Jackson) in the 1980s. Prince appeared twice on Madonna's 1989 album Like a Prayer, on the distorted guitar into to the title track, as well as on the duet 'Love Song.'

Despite Prince's shut-down of the idea, Oseary said he always thought he might still pull off the double bill one day. '@Madonna performed in #stpaul last year and Prince was generous enough to host us and perform for us after that show at his home #paisleypark,' he recalled. 'He didn't go on stage until 3am, and per usual the show performance was mindblowing. He joined me this last New Years in St Bart's and performed for my friends party at what will now be the last time I saw him. It's the one and only time I was able to actually work with him directly. I won't forget that electrifying performance. Or the smile on his face that night. And the love that he gave me.'

Oseary said Prince always treated him kindly, even if they didn't always agree and they sometimes argued for hours. 'But he understood that I respected him dearly and cared for him,' he wrote. 'I tried my best to help him on record business matters.. And even in his passing I'm here to help.. I would have done anything I could and wish I achieved more for him on his very clear issues.. The man had the strongest of opinions on contracts and on artists rights.'

The post was accompanied by a photo taken in the summer of 1999, in which Oseary is seated next to a chatty Madonna, who is right next to fashion icon Donatella Versace. On the far end of the table is Prince, who Guy clearly has his eyes locked on. 'I have the original lyrics to 'purple rain' on my wall and I was always too embarrassed to tell him,' he said. 'Maybe he would think I was crazy for paying so much years back for those lyrics or maybe he would just take it off my wall and say 'thank you, I was looking for this'... Who would stop him?.. Not me.. Today not only will doves cry, we all cry.. You will be missed.. I love you.. Rest in peace.'

From Billboard.com


Fun in London with my homies (and teacher)!

Madonna posted another shot of herself, Rocco and friends in this Instagram post.

Madonna herself visited Rocco's school in North London today to meet with his teachers. At the independent school where Rocco is a student, youngsters can study over 20 A-level subjects in the arts, humanities and social sciences.


Madonna And Rocco Continue Reconciliation With Gallery Visit

The Like A Virgin singer took her 15-year-old son and a group of his friends to the Barbican arts centre, to view the Strange and Familiar exhibit.

Madonna and Rocco, a photography enthusiast, are reportedly back on good terms following her ongoing custody battle with his father Guy Ritchie.

'Madonna and Rocco spent some quality time together talking about photography, which is one of their mutual interests,' a source close to the star tells MailOnline.com. 'They seem to have come a long way since she and Rocco were reunited.'

Legal proceedings were opened in London and New York after the teenager refused to return to his mother's home in Manhattan in December last year following a Christmas break with his dad in England.

However, the custody fight now appears to be close to over after Madonna and Guy met for talks in London last week.

The mother-and-son outing to the exhibition was the site of Madonna and Rocco's second day out in just over a week. Last Monday (11April) they watched the superhero blockbuster Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice at a cinema.

From contactmusic.com


Madonna And Guy Ritchie Meet For Custody Talks

The former couple have been embroiled in a legal battle to decide whether Rocco, 15, should live in London with director Guy or in New York with Madonna, and judges in both cities urged the parents to come to an agreement out of court.

The Material Girl singer jetted into London at the start of April and Guy was spotted dropping Rocco off at her home a few days later. The teenager left smiling after two hours and they reunited once more for a cinema date to see Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice on Monday.

It now appears Madonna and Guy are trying to build bridges themselves. The 47-year-old director was pictured arriving at Madonna's London home on his bicycle in a white tracksuit on Wednesday evening, emerging 'some time' later, according to MailOnline.

Rocco was also snapped entering the house that evening and leaving Thursday morning after spending the night. In the pictures, Rocco, seems in high spirits as he walks away clutching his skateboard.

The custody case was closed in London in March so it could be pursued solely in New York. High Court Judge Justice MacDonald urged the former couple to find an amicable solution before they miss out on the rest of his childhood.

From www.contactmusic.com


Madonna lands in London

Madonna has touched down in London, reportedly in an attempt to reunite with her son Rocco and get him back to school in America.

Bad news for the Hung Up singer though – Rocco and his father are currently thought to be holidaying in the Maldives.

The pop star recently ended her worldwide Rebel Heart tour, from which 15-year-old Rocco abruptly left in 2015. He moved in with his father Guy Ritchie and step-mother Jacqui Ainsley, and Guy and Madonna have been locked in a bitter custody battle since.

In March, a British judge ruled that English proceedings could be halted and all custody discussion would take place in America. Madonna wants 15-year-old Rocco to return to live with her in New York state while the teen has requested to live in London with his father.

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Madonna: 'Don't Park In My Driveway!'

The Material Girl star hit headlines on Thursday when she was reportedly ordered to remove signs in front of her property which read, 'Tenant parking only....unauthorized vehicles will be towed away at vehicle owner's expense.. In addition, the words .No Parking. had been embossed in cement on the sidewalk, and the nearby curb had been painted yellow.

Madonna's neighbour reported the signage and the singer's attempt to reserve her own parking spot to the New York Department of Transportation. An official visited Madonna's $40 million (£28 million) Upper East Side townhouse on Wednesday and ordered her team to remove the signage immediately, according to TMZ.com.

Editors of the U.K.'s Daily Mail picked up the story, with a headline which read: 'She's playing 'B**ch, I'm Madonna': Pop icon angers NYC neighbors by putting up FAKE 'No parking' signs outside $40 million Upper East Side Penthouse.'

Hours after news broke, Madonna took to Instagram and posted a screenshot of the Daily Mail's article, and seemingly brushed off the criticisms by poking fun at the entire situation.

'Yes Bishes I am Madonna, and that is my driveway and if people park in front of it i cant drive in my driveway! So sorry the city doesn't like the color yellow! We will paint a nice dull grey to keep our neighbors happy! Sorry! Im saying 3 extra Hail Mary's this Easter for this transgression!'

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Madonna Son's Future To Be Decided In The US

It would be a 'very great tragedy' if any more of the 'precious and fast receding days' of Madonna and Guy Ritchie's son Rocco's childhood were taken up by a custody dispute, a High Court judge has said.

The 57-year-old singer wants the teenager to return to live with her in the US after he remained in London with his father after a visit.

Litigation had begun in London and New York but Mr Justice MacDonald ruled that the English proceedings could be halted.

The judge analysed the latest round of the dispute at a private hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London earlier this month.

He was asked to decide whether he should allow English proceedings to draw to a close - or whether he should make decisions about Rocco's welfare.

No-one involved was in court when the ruling was handed down but Mr Justice MacDonald pleaded with Madonna and Ritchie to try to settle the dispute.

He said the youngster was a 'very great credit' to his parents and urged Madonna and Ritchie to spend time enjoying his company.

Lawyers have told him that both had outlined proposals for negotiation. More court hearings are expected to be held in New York.

'At the root of these proceedings....is a temporary breakdown in trust,' said the judge in his ruling. 'For all the media coverage, comment and analysis, this is a case born out of circumstances that arise for countless separated parents the world over.'

He added: 'I renew, one final time, my plea for the parents to seek, and to find, an amicable resolution to the dispute between them. Most importantly.....summer does not last forever. The boy very quickly becomes the man. 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.

'Far better for each of his parents to spend that time enjoying, in turn, the company of the mature, articulate and reflective young man who is their son and who is a very great credit to them both.'

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Liz Smith: Sorry, Haters

Liz Smith takes to task all the haters out there currently criticising Madonna:

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.

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.

To read the full article visit: www.newyorksocialdiary.com


Madonna 'wants to heal wounds' in row over son Rocco's future

Madonna has told a High Court judge that she wants to restore peace and heal wounds opened in a dispute with ex-husband Guy Ritchie over the future of their 15-year-old son Rocco.

A lawyer for the singer told Mr Justice MacDonald that she wanted to end litigation.

Her hopes for the future were revealed at a private hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London on Friday.

The singer and the film-maker are embroiled in litigation in England and New York.

Judges have heard that Rocco had remained in London with his father after a visit. Madonna wants the teenager to return to live with her in the US.

Lawyers have told Mr Justice MacDonald that Madonna wants to end legal proceedings she had launched in England.

The judge has to decide whether English proceedings should draw to a close or whether he should make decisions about Rocco's welfare.

He finished hearing evidence on Friday, after a hearing lasting several days, and is expected to deliver a ruling in the near future.

Rocco and Mr Ritchie had been at the hearing but not Madonna. The singer's lawyers told the judge that she wanted to attend but was on tour in Australia.

Mr Justice MacDonald urged Madonna and Mr Ritchie to try to settle their dispute. And lawyers told him that both Madonna and Mr Ritchie had outlined proposals for negotiation.

Madonna proposed that Rocco and Mr Ritchie travel to her home in New York when she ended her current tour to try to 'reach a resolution'. Mr Ritchie proposed a 'round table' meeting in London involving lawyers.

Members of Madonna's legal team had taken instructions from her after she finished performing in Melbourne on Thursday. And David Williams QC, who headed the team, outlined Madonna's wishes on Friday.

'What she has always wanted to do and still continues to seek to do is to find a way in which this family can get to heal the wounds which have been inflicted on this family over the past four months or so and to chart a course for Rocco and the family which enables them to put this behind them and to restore peace to the family,' he said.

'She really very much hopes that the family can get back together in New York over the Easter vacation and start the process, with all of them involved, in trying to reach a resolution to this problem.'

Alex Verdan QC, who represented Mr Ritchie, said his client had proposed a round-table meeting in London. Mr Verdan said any lawyers anyone wanted would be able to attend.

He said Madonna and Mr Ritchie had not been in the 'same place at the same time' since the dispute began.

Mr Justice MacDonald said one of the problems was that Madonna and Mr Ritchie, a film-maker, could not decide which country negotiations should take place in.

The judge had ruled earlier this week that little detail could be revealed about the hearing in London. But he relaxed restrictions on Friday after an application from the publishers of The Sun and Daily Mail newspapers.

From Associated Press Via Yahoo! News


Madonna-Ritchie custody dispute reaches High Court in London

A dispute between Madonna and ex-husband Guy Ritchie over custody of their son Rocco reached Britain's High Court on Thursday, where a judge said he hoped the couple could reach an amicable settlement.

Ritchie attended a hearing before judge Alistair MacDonald. Neither Madonna nor 15-year-old Rocco was present.

Madonna wants Rocco, who lives with his filmmaker father in England, to return to her custody in the U.S.

The case has unfolded in New York, but Madonna also issued an application in England under an international legal convention. Lawyers say the singer now wants to withdraw it and end the British legal proceedings.

On Wednesday, a New York judge implored the couple to put their son's interests first and end their months-long legal battle. Justice MacDonald echoed that sentiment, saying it was his 'fervent hope' that the couple could reach an agreement.

'An amicable negotiated resolution is definitely the way forward and in Rocco's best interests,' he said.

Another hearing is scheduled later his month.

In December, New York State Supreme Court Justice Deborah Kaplan ruled that Rocco should return to his mother's custody. Records show Madonna, whose legal name is Madonna Louise Ciccone, moved for the judge to enforce that order.

On Wednesday, Kaplan said she wasn't going to remove the order but also would not issue a warrant to compel Ritchie to appear in New York.

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Madonna makes surprise visits to Manila children's shelters

Madonna made surprise visits to two Manila shelters for orphans and street children, taking selfies with kids a day before the pop star begins her two-night concert stint in the Philippine capital.

Pictures on her Instagram account showed her carrying a baby in one arm while holding hands with a girl guiding her on a tour of the Hospicio de San Jose orphanage on Tuesday. At the Bahay Tuluyan shelter for street kids, she sat on a tarpaulin mat with children.

'Chillin' with my Homies at the Bahay Tuluyan Foundation Inc. giving shelter to orphans street children trafficking/abuse victims in Manila!!' Madonna captioned a selfie taken with three kids as they lay on the mat.

Officials at the shelter were told Monday that Madonna's dancers were going to visit, but they did not find out that Madonna herself was also coming until an hour before her arrival, said Catherine Scerri, the deputy executive director of Bahay Tuluyan.

She said the children did a couple of dances before being joined by Madonna's dancers. Madonna asked the officials about the center's program and whether the children attended school, but she spent most of her 45-minute visit with the kids, Scerri added.

Anne dela Cruz, an official with the Hospicio de San Jose orphanage, also said Madonna's visit was a surprise, but declined to give further details.

Madonna's staff asked both facilities not to take photos of the visits, officials at the centers said.

Madonna plays Manila's Mall of Asia Arena on Wednesday and Thursday, the latest stops on her 'Rebel Heart' world tour.

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Liz Smith: 'Good luck with all this, honey. You are a good girl.'

Madonna's longtime columnist Liz Smith gives her opinion on Madonna's current situation at www.newyorksocialdiary.com/liz-smith-joy-and-pain

I have refrained until now from commenting on the matter of Madonna and her 15-year-old son, Rocco, who has recently declined to return to the United States and live with his mother, preferring the more lackadaisical lifestyle of his father, director Guy Ritchie. (Madonna married Ritchie in 2000. They divorced in 2008 and he - already a wealthy man - took the pop icon for about $75 million bucks.)

I have no inside information, other than the fact that Madonna is crushed by this turn of events. I know her quite well. I have seen her with all four of her children. I have heard her speak privately about them in the most glowing - and intelligent - terms. She is a stickler for education, self-discipline and motivation.

Despite the professional image and stage persona she often embodies, Madonna is a very good mother, and not, appearances to the contrary, a hedonist or self-destructive. No drugs, no drinking, no dissipation. The male company she has kept since her divorce from Ritchie are separate from her role as a mother. She is not given to wild or inappropriate behavior in front of her children, or anyone else, for that matter.

(I, along with others, might roll my eyes at some of the things she wears, or how she presents herself in photo shoots or on Instagram. But that’s not her daily life. She marches to her own drummer and refuses to be categorized or held back by what others think is 'suitable' for a woman of 57. She enjoys making us crazy.)

I am fairly certain that continuing with her current 'Rebel Heart' tour has been agonizing, but it would be out of character for Madonna to cave, give in, give up. And what would it gain her? Bad press, enraged fans, and her son would still be in England.

This unhappy situation will likely sort itself out, but that the situation exists doesn’t surprise me. I wondered what was going on in Guy Ritchie’s head when he put Madonna in a film short as a movie star abused by her driver, and then starred her in 'Swept Away,' as a wealthy woman abused by one of her servants.

Madonna entered her marriage to Ritchie fully committed. To such an extent that photos of the wedding were never made public. Her nuptials were not grist for the PR mill. Madonna’s two 'I do’s' - to Sean and then to Ritchie were absolutely sincere. That Catholic girl from Michigan always lurks beneath the 'outrageous' star.

I don’t think Madonna regrets her marriage to Penn. They have remained friends. I believe she regrets most of her marriage to Ritchie, except for their son, Rocco.

Good luck with all this, honey. You are a good girl.


How Elton John Ended His Decade Long Feud With Madonna

Elton John has revealed how he ended his decade long feud with Madonna, which first began in 2002. The two pop superstars finally buried the hatchet in 2012, after first falling out a decade earlier, when Elton branded Madonna’s ‘Die Another Day’ the 'worst Bond theme ever'.

Appearing on ‘The Graham Norton Show’ Elton discussed how the two ended their bad blood, after a chance meeting in a restaurant in 2012. 'I said something horrible about her that you should never say,' John revealed.

'I was in a restaurant in the south of France a couple of years ago and she walked in so I sent her a note saying, 'You'll probably never speak to me again but I am really sorry and ashamed of myself and can I buy you dinner’.'

'We are fine - it was just me and my big mouth. I can't say it won't happen again, but not with Madonna,' the 68-year-old added. The feud between the pair gained steam in 2004, when Elton accepted the Q award for classic songwriter and accused Madonna of lip-syncing.

'Madonna, best live act? F*** off,' John said. 'Since when has lip-syncing been live? Sorry about that, but I think everyone who lip-syncs on stage in public when you pay like 75 quid to see them should be shot. Thank you very much. That’s me off her Christmas card list, but do I give a toss? No.'

Then in 2012 Elton’s husband David Furnish got involved when Madonna won the Golden Globe for best original song in 2012, beating Elton. 'Madonna winning Best Original Song truly shows how these awards have nothing to do with merit. Her acceptance speech was embarrassing in its narcissism,' Furnish wrote.

In 2012 Elton took a further swipe at Madonna, in defence of his good friend Lady Gaga. '[Madonna is] such a nightmare,' Elton said. 'Sorry, her career is over. Her tour has been a disaster and it couldn’t happen to a bigger c***. ‘She looks like a f***ing fairground stripper. She’s been so horrible to Gaga.'

From contactmusic.com


Tower Records Berkeley Madonna Displays

Old school record store days! Check out the hand made foamcore wall displays made by the artists at Tower Records Berkley to promote Madonna over the years.

For more on those crazy rock n roll loving Tower Records Berkeley store artists (that helped influence the in-store look of Tower Records stores moving forward in the 80's) check out the documentary 'Art Gods' on DVD artgodsmovie.com

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Madonna: 'Thank you David Bowie. I owe you a lot.'

I'm devastated.
David Bowie changed the course of my life forever. I never felt like I fit in growing up in Michigan. Like an oddball or a freak. I went to see him in concert at Cobo Arena in Detroit. It was the first concert I'd ever been too. I snuck out of the house with my girlfriend wearing a cape.
We got caught after and I was grounded for the summer. I didn't care. I already had many of his records and was so inspired by the way he played with gender confusion.
Was both masculine and feminine.
Funny and serious.
Clever and wise.
His lyrics were witty ironic and mysterious.
At the time he was the thin white Duke and he had mime artists on stage with him and very specific choreography.
And I saw how he created a persona and used different art forms within the arena of rock and Roll to create entertainment.
I found him so inspiring and innovative.
Unique and provocative. A real Genius.
His music was always inspiring but seeing him live set me off on a journey that for me I hope will never end.
His photographs are hanging all over my house today.
He was so chic and beautiful and elegant.
So ahead of his time.
Thank you David Bowie.
I owe you a lot.
The world will miss you.

Love
M