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All the Details on Madonna's Personalized 'MAMBO' Necklace

Madonnaโ€˜s children are with her wherever she goes, thanks to Lana Jewelry.

The pop superstar, 59, has shared multiple snaps of herself rocking a nameplate necklace that reads 'MAMBO': the nickname her kids Estere and Stella, 5, Mercy James, 11, and David Banda, 12, call her. (She is also mom to son Rocco John, 17, and Lourdes, 21.)

The brandโ€™s founder and designer Lana Bramlette spoke with PEOPLE about her new Get Personal collection that the Material Girlโ€™s necklace is from, as well as the inspiration behind Madonnaโ€™s particular piece that she made as part of the collectionโ€™s launch.

'My publicist coordinated with [Madonnaโ€™s] stylist, Eyob Yohannes, to design the piece,' says Bramlette, whose personalized nameplate necklace is also worn by Jennifer Lopez. 'I think she is excited to wear something meaningful, and I love watching her proudly rock it every day on social media.'

'I want to give my clients pieces to wear that make them feel good about themselves and that express their values. She also wears my diamond Crossary necklace daily,' Bramlette explains, adding with a laugh, 'I tell my clients, โ€˜If Madonna wears her necklace around the world and back daily without damaging it, you donโ€™t have an excuse for a repair.โ€™ '

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The Get Personal collection includes nameplates that read 'BONITA,' 'TAKEN' and 'HONEY,' but they are fully customizable for clients to specify their size, color and phrase of choice.

'I wanted to say thank you in a big way to the talented women who have supported the brand for years,' Bramlette tells PEOPLE of how her music-legend clients got the necklace. 'Madonna and Jennifer have always been muses for me.'

'My team has amazing relationships with their stylists who coordinated the design process and we customized pieces that meant something special to them,' she continues, 'whether it was a classic nameplate like the one Jennifer and I wear, or a unique and special phrase like MAMBO.'

Bramlette, who founded Lana Jewelry in 2002, shares that she had 'so much fun' bringing her newest collection to life - one she created to give clients 'a fun way to express themselves with diamonds in a current, but refined way.'

'The first piece I designed in 2002 was a nameplate with my (then boyfriend) now husbandโ€™s name, ROB,' she recalls. 'I loved that piece and the story it told, and wanted to bring back the idea of Lana Jewelry customization.'

From People.com


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Madonna watches Chris Rock: 'Loved This Mans Show!'


Madonna Teases 2018 Tour Plans: 'I'm Coming Back, Baby'

On Friday (Dec. 8), Madonna stopped by Live With Kelly & Ryan for a casual interview about her kids, performing and everything in between. The singer joined the two hosts for a game of 'Sketching With the Stars' and brought out her pal (and 'silver fox') Anderson Cooper to be her partner.

In a scene now cut from the YouTube video, Cooper delays the game by asking the singer when she'd be heading back out on tour, to which she replied: ''Soon. I gotta get my show together. 2017 was soccer mom in Portugal. 2018....Iโ€™m coming back, baby. Iโ€™m coming for you!'

From Billboard.com


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Life....you can close your eyes or you can stick your tongue out at it!


Onlookers stunned as Madonna hops off economy

Stunned passengers were left open-mouthed as they watched Madonna get off an economy flight - loaded with her Louis Vuitton luggage - after their plane was diverted on its way to Lisbon.

The music legend, worth around ยฃ600 million, was flying from Heathrow with Air Portugal earlier this week when the crew told passengers that the plane had to refuel in Porto instead.

The American, 59, looked tired as she wore a long, black and white multi-checked coat, a monochrome striped scarf and hid her make-up free face under a grey fedora hat, reports Daily Mail.

She had been hiding completely unrecognised in the cheap seats - which cost from just ยฃ42 instead of ยฃ180 for business class tickets - until the flight landed in Porto and her agent whisked her through business class to the front of the plane.

An onlooker said: 'We'd been on the ground for about 20 minutes when I saw her assistant speaking with crew members at the front of the plane. Then I noticed all this Louis Vuitton luggage being carried past me down the aisle too. And Madonna literally walked by me. I couldn't believe it. She had no make-up on but I Googled her and I discovered that she's recently bought a place in Lisbon, so her being on the flight suddenly made sense.'

'I thought to myself 'Madonna is on my flight!'

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'She looked tired as she sat and waited at the front of the plane for about half an hour. I could barely see her face, she was constantly turning away or hiding her face in her scarf. She didn't say or do anything while her agent was on her phone. Madonna was just sitting and waiting. Then she got off the plane and I saw her get on to an airport bus. I'd heard her agent saying that her car was waiting out front - they must have meant outside the airport.'

The assistant appeared to have told the crew she was Madonna but they remained professional and didn't react. No one else appeared to recognise the Holiday superstar in their midst.

The lunchtime flight sat on the Porto runway for about an hour before flying on to Lisbon.

The source continued: 'Then a lady asked why two women had left the flight at Porto. A female crew member whispered to her that it was Madonna. She was gobsmacked!'

The rest of the passengers eventually arrived in Lisbon three hours late yesterday evening.

When MailOnline spoke to Madonna's publicist Barbara Charone about this story, she refused to comment.

A spokesman for TAP said heavy rain in Lisbon meant there was bad air traffic over Lisbon.

The pilot was told that they would be in a holding queue for half an hour when they got there so they decided to touch down, he said.

The spokesman added that while TAP always carried sufficient fuel they decided that the better course of action was for the plane to land in Porto.

'TAP confirms Flight TP359 from November the 28, from Heathrow to Lisbon, diverted to Porto (distance between the 2 cities around 300 km) due to bad weather in Lisbon.'

From NZHerald.co.nz


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Desperately Seeking Votes!

madonnalicious reader Ryan wants some help from fellow Madonna fans:

My latest enamel pin design is based on the Desperately Seeking Susan pool scene, and itโ€™s the finalist to be produced as a limited-edition run via pin giant, Pin Lord. I submitted the design because I wanted to introduce 80s Madonna to their 100k following (itโ€™s a young-ish following), I didnโ€™t realistically think the design would be shortlisted.

If you like it, and would be kind enough to help me out, all you and your followers need to do is write @windowblues (thatโ€™s my Insta) on the Instagram post stated below. Thatโ€™s it! I would be forever grateful.

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Voting closes on Friday 17 November at Noon EST.

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Madonna's long-time supporter and columnist Liz Smith dies

It has been announced that Liz Smith, legendary gossip columnist and long-time Madonna supporter has died. We at madonnalicious always loved her columns and insights on Madonna and will miss them and her.

Former New York Post gossip columnist Liz Smith, who won her own A-list status with her witty chronicling of the glitterati, died of natural causes on Sunday, said her literary agent, Joni Evans. She was 94.

An affable blonde known for pealing laughter, Smith wrote a column that celebrated her famous friends, from Tom Hanks to Liza Minnelli to Madonna, and was read around the world for more than a quarter-century.

Despite her towering reputation, Smith held a lighthearted opinion of herself.

'We mustnโ€™t take ourselves too seriously in this world of gossip,' she said in 1987. 'When you look at it realistically, what I do is pretty insignificant. Still, Iโ€™m having a lot of fun.'

Born in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1923, Smith graduated from the University of Texas in 1949 with a degree in journalism and, a year later, moved to the Big Apple.

For nearly 30 years, Smith bounced from job to job - publicist for singer Kaye Ballard; assistant to Mike Wallace and 'Candid Camera' creator Allen Funt; ghostwriter for Igor Cassiniโ€™s Cholly Knickerbocker gossip column.

Smith ultimately wrote for nine New York newspapers and dozens of magazines, but it was a stint writing for Cosmopolitan that led to her big break.

While establishing herself as an authority on Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Smith attracted the attention of the New York Daily News. She started her own column at the tabloid in 1976 - and a gossip star was born.

By the 1990s, she began a syndicated daily column that ran in Newsday and the New York Post.

The column, which was reprinted across the country and abroad, reportedly earned her more than $1 million a year.

Her scoops included Donald Trumpโ€™s 1990 split from first wife Ivana. Later, in The Post, she supported her celebrity friends, including backing Billy Bob Thornton after word got out that he and Angelina Jolie had gotten married and exchanged necklaces adorned with vials of each otherโ€™s blood.

Smithโ€™s 2000 memoir, 'Natural Blonde,' in which she admitted she was bisexual despite having married two men, was a best-seller.

In an interview with the New York Times this past July, Smith revealed that she was having trouble moving after suffering a minor stroke.

'I canโ€™t walk. I canโ€™t talk as well as I used to, but Iโ€™m relatively healthy otherwise,' she explained. 'I needed access to people,' she said. 'And youโ€™re not supposed to seek access. Youโ€™re just supposed to be pure and you go to the person youโ€™re writing about and you write the truth. Nobody can do it totally.'

'But everybody gives up something to be able to do a job, a demanding job,' she added. 'And being a reporter is a demanding, dangerous job. It may be glamorous or put you in harmโ€™s way. I gave up being considered ethical and acceptable, for a while.'

From New York Post


Madonna proves she's no material girl as she shocks passengers by flying economy to Lisbon

She may be the Queen of Pop, but Madonna opted to shun first class travel in favour of economy on a recent flight to Portugal.

The 59-year-old shocked passengers after she jetted out of the capital to Lisbon on Halloween.

The Material Girl singer was pictured using her phone in a window seat on the Air Portugal flight in what appeared to be economy class.

The picture was taken by a fellow passenger who captioned the image: 'If you fly with M! London - Lisbon. 2017.10.31.'

Despite denying herself first class travel she did allow herself the luxury of extra leg room.

Fans struggled to believe their eyes with one tweeting: 'Can you imagine boarding a plane and then sitting next to the f****** QUEEN?! I JUST CAN'T. @Madonna.'

Another posted: 'If I got on a plane and MADONNA was sitting next to me in coach I would LOSE MY MIND.'

A third was shocked that she doesnโ€™t own her own plane, writing: 'Wtf madonna doesnt have her own plane? Xd.'

Madonna was reportedly in London to visit her son Rocco Ritchie, who she has with ex-husband Guy Ritchie, before boarding the flight to Portugal to visit her second son David Banda.

The 12-year-old, who Madonna adopted from Malawi in 2006, recently signed to the Benfica football team youth academy.

Madonna is said to be splitting her time between the UK, US and Portugal and recently bought the 18th century โ€˜palaceteโ€™ Quinta do Relรณgio in the hilltop town of Sintra in Lisbon.

From Evening Standard

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Support Madonnaโ€™s #RebelHeartPianist, Ricโ€™key Pageot & WIN #RebelHearTour Prizes!

Time to make some magic and help support Madonnaโ€™s #RebelHeartPianist, Ricโ€™key Pageot and his talented wife and songstress... Dessy Di Lauro for their new song and video - โ€˜I Put A Spell On Youโ€™ project. The duo known as Parlor Social have added some special #RebelHeartTour related prizes for a draw at the end of their #GoFundMe campaign for anybody who donates $5 or who has already donated $5 or more to their campaign.

For complete campaign details visit and please consider donating at https://www.gofundme.com/PutASpell. Theyโ€™re more than halfway to their campaign goal of $5,500 to get this song and music video for the release of their #speakeasysoul rendition of โ€˜I Put A Spell On Youโ€™ coming out just in time for Halloween. They need our help and support and we can do this!

Two winners will randomly be chosen on Oct 31st to win either a copy of the Rebel Heart Tour DVD autographed by Rick or a copy of the exclusive Rebel Heart VIP book also autographed by Rick. They also have other funding incentives: Parlor Social t-shirts and USB flash drive wristbands full of exclusive music and videos. For those of you who know or have met Rick while on tour, you know heโ€™s an extremely talented musician and a down to earth guy who will always treat you not only as a fan, but also a friend!

Thanks in advance for considering to support their campaign: https://www.gofundme.com/PutASpell


Madonna dodges punishment in worn underwear lawsuit

Madonna ducked a legal sanction Thursday for refusing to have her deposition videotaped in her lawsuit over the auction of some of her memorabilia, including a pair of worn satin panties and a love letter from late rapper Tupac Shakur.

The Queen of Pop is suing former pal Darlene Lutz for consigning her 'highly personal items' to the online auctioneer Gotta Have It! Collectibles last summer, claiming the ex-friend did not have permission to sell her property.

Madonnaโ€™s lawyers barred Lutzโ€™s videographer from attending her deposition in the case in August.

On Thursday, Lutzโ€™s lawyer asked the judge to punish the 'Vogue' singer for the move.

'[Madonnaโ€™s] credibility was called into question a number of times' during the legal grilling, the lawyer, Judd Grossman, told Judge Gerald Lebovits in Manhattan Supreme Court.

For example, Grossman said, he asked Madonna during the deposition about a pair of panties sheโ€™d sent to a former lover over 20 years ago that were yanked from the auction block when she sued Lutz.

'Do you have any good-faith basis to allege that my client, Darlene Lutz, took these underwear from you?' as the singer has alleged, Grossman pressed.

'I do not,' Madonna admitted.

She also conceded that fan-club letters and snapshots from a Miami bachelorette party that are at issue in the suit had previously been published, according to Grossman.

'[Madonna] was visibly uncomfortable during the deposition. There were periods of time when she closed her eyes, struggling to find an answer,' Grossman said.

But her behavior during the questioning is forever lost to history - and to a jury - because the deposition was not recorded, Grossman argued.

So should the case go to trial, the jury wonโ€™t be able to fully asses her credibility, he said.

Madonnaโ€™s attorney, Brendan Oโ€™Rourke, countered that he believed that the judge had told the parties there would be no videotaped depositions. The judge said he couldnโ€™t recall either way.

Oโ€™Rourke added that Lutzโ€™s counsel couldnโ€™t point to one specific instance of perjury in Madonnaโ€™s testimony.

Judge Lebovits said that recorded depositions are not the norm, before declining to sanction Madonna.

'I would say that theyโ€™re exceptionally atypical,' the judge declared.

Lutz is asking the judge to toss the case based on Madonnaโ€™s alleged admissions that many of the items are not, in fact, personal.

From Page Six / NY Post


Madonna visits the community of Providence

This picture of Madonna was posted by the official military police account of Rio de Janeiro: @UPP Police and #Madonna, during the singer's visit to the community of Providence, on the afternoon of Wednesday (25/10) #ServireProteger'


Ready For Wedding Bells!

Madonna joined other celebrities including Bono, Paul Oakenfold, Helena Christensen, Dakota Johnson, Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, Karen Elson, Jennifer Meyer, Noel Gallagher, P Diddy and Chris Rock, Matthew McConaughey, David Arquette, Owen Wilson, Anthony Kiedis and Flea at Guy Oseary's vow renewals in Brazil.

Madonna posted several pictures on her Instagram account from Rio:


Madonna's Pre-wedding moment!

Madonna and family descended upon Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday to celebrate Guy Osearyโ€™s wedding to Brazilian model Michelle Alves. While the pair have been married since 2006, they dubbed their celebration a wedding.


My night with Madonna (and Sean Hughes)

Journalist Tim Cooper wrote this article about the late comedian Sean Hughes, and how they both ended up waiting to meet Madonna:

Back in the late 1990s I used to run into Sean Hughes all the time at parties. He was a Perrier Award-winning stand-up comedian and team captain on Never Mind The Buzzcocks who would go to the opening of an envelope, so long as it included a free drink. I was the Showbusiness Correspondent of the Evening Standard so I was often there too.

Such was the case when we both found ourselves in a room at the ICA waiting to meet Madonna one night in November 1999.

Madonna had expressed an interest in seeing the band Sneaker Pimps and, unbeknown to most of the audience (but not me and Sean, who were in on it), had sequestered the upstairs area of the music venue so that she could watch them without having to mingle with the plebs - me and Sean, and all the paying punters. The first most people knew of that was when we were all herded out of the bar and into the downstairs auditorium before the gig began.

We then waited, muttering darkly, while security men blocked the exits for Madonna and her then-boyfriend Guy Ritchie, riding high with his film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, to ascend the stairs to the balcony and take their seats in the front row. It was like the Royal Box at Wimbledon: all that was missing was a regal wave from Her Madgesty to signal to the band that she was ready for her command performance to begin.

Tor read the rest of the article visit: uk.news.yahoo.com

Madonna pictured below with The Sneaker Pimps from that night.

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Madonna and David watch Portugal football match

Madonna and David watched Portugal beat Switzerland in their World Cup qualifier at the Luz Stadium in Portugal on Tuesday. Madonna shared this picture from the night.


Madonna: Let Us Pray for Vegas

Madonna posted this message on her Twitter/Instagram page after the recent events in Las Vegas:

What happened in Vegas is an unspeakable tragedy. ๐Ÿ’”And these acts of seemingly Random violence are happening With more and more. frequency. And the chaos pain and suffering in the world is increasing exponentially. And YES its too easy to buy a GUN in The U.S. or have access to automatic weapons. And this needs to stop!! But the only way we are really going to change the trajectory that the world seems to be heading for is to change our consciousness! ๐Ÿ’ก Each and everyone of us.
Let Us Pray for Vegas. And all of the Victims and everyones loss but we also need to Pray for Peace.in the. World. Personally and Globally. ๐ŸŒ Lets Pray for the strength to maintain a higher level of consciousness. โ˜ฎ๏ธ. Let's I Pray that we find a way back to our humanity. Let's. pray that we do not forget to treat all living creatures with compassion dignity and respect. and Let's Pray for Vegas.


Madonnaโ€™s lawsuit against co-op board tossed

Itโ€™s time for Madonnaโ€™s lawsuit against a Central Park West co-op board to take a bow.

A judge ruled Thursday that Madge waited too long to sue the board of Harperley Hall for changing the buildingโ€™s rules to bar her children from using the opulent $7.3 million pad when she is not home.

'Because (Madonna) commenced this action more than four months after she became aware of being aggrieved by it, her first and second causes of action are time-barred,' Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Gerald Lebovits wrote.

Madonna bought the home at 1 W. 64th St. in 2008. The co-op board changed the terms of the lease in April 2, 2014 - but Madonna didnโ€™t sue until April 1, 2016, Lebovits noted.

The statute of limitations on Madonnaโ€™s claims against the board is four months.

Madonna had argued that her duties as the Queen of Pop made it impossible for her to comply with the boardโ€™s rules.

'Plaintiff is a world renowned recording artist, performer and singer who is constantly on world tours. As such, Plaintiff owns many residences around the world and travels extensively worldwide,' Madonna wrote in her lawsuit.

Madonna had asked the court to declare the new rules didnโ€™t apply to her and that her four children, other family members or 'certain others' could use the unit when she was out of town.

Though the ruling guts Madonnaโ€™s legal effort, the judge did allow her to continue seeking documents on the boardโ€™s decision-making, as well as legal fees.

When in New York, the 'Express Yourself' singerโ€™s primary residence is thought to be a townhouse on E. 81st St.

From NY Daily News


Madonna Gets Fed Up With FedEx For Not Believing Who She Is

Stars - theyโ€™re just like us! After FedEx refused to release a package to Madonna, the pop star took her frustration to Twitter.

'When you've been arguing with fed-ex all week that you really are Madonna and they still won't release your package. #bitchplease,' the singer posted on Tuesday, September 5, along with an eye-roll emoji and a selfie looking annoyed.

Less than 30 minutes later, a FedEx employee replied to Her Madgesty from the delivery serviceโ€™s Twitter account. 'Hi, this is Julie. I would like to help. Please DM your delivery address, tracking & phone numbers,' the tweet read.

The Grammy-winning singer hasnโ€™t shared if she got her package yet, but she did break some big news on her social media. Madonna revealed on Instagram that she recently moved to Lisbon, Portugal, and that sheโ€™s working on new music, as well as a film. 'The energy of Portugal is so inspiring,' she shared in a post on September 2. 'I feel very creative and alive here and I look forward to working on my film LOVED and making New Music!!! This will be the next Chapter in My Book! It's time to conquer the world from a different vantage point!!'

From Us Weekly


I look forward to working on my film LOVED and making New Music!

Madonna just posted this picture and message on her Instagram page confirming her time in Portugal....and new music!

'The energy of Portugal is so inspiring. I feel very creative and alive here and I look forward to working on my film LOVED and making New Music!!! โค๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น. ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽค๐ŸŽฌ๐ŸŽฅ. This will be the next Chapter in My Book! ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“•๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“•๐Ÿ“šโ™ฅ๏ธ It's time to conquer the world from a different vantage point!! ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŒˆ'


Madonna moves to Lisbon as son joins Benfica youth academy

Madonna has reportedly moved to Lisbon after her 11-year-old son David Banda joined the Benfica football team youth academy.

The Portuguese weekly magazine Visรฃo reported: 'Madonna is no longer a tourist, she now lives in Lisbon.' It republished several pictures from Madonnaโ€™s Instagram account that show her visiting Portugal over the past couple of months.

The singer has been staying in a Lisbon hotel after buying a house in the resort of Sintra, 17 miles (27km) north-east of the Portuguese capital.

The 19th-century building was put up for sale for โ‚ฌ7.5m (ยฃ7m) and could take about six months to renovate, according to Visรฃo.

David Banda, who Madonna adopted from Malawi in 2006, has joined the Benfica training centre in Seixal, Correio da Manhรฃ reported.

The club accepted David Banda after his first test in the spring. He will stay at the academy until starting at a French high school in Lisbon, the newspaper reported, quoting a source close to Benfica.

Rumours about a possible move began when Madonna was spotted at the school in May. She joins celebrities including John Malkovich, Monica Bellucci and Michael Fassbender in owning a home in Lisbon.

The city has enjoyed a cultural renaissance in recent years and is regarded by many as hip, cheap and innovative.

From The Guardian


Madonna does not want to be videotaped in deposition

Madonna is going to court Tuesday. Last month, the pop star sued her former friend Darlene Lutz and the Manhattan auction house Gotta Have It! Collectibles to stop the sale of 22 of her personal items, including her underwear, a hairbrush still containing her hair, cassette tapes of unreleased recordings, and personal letters from the late rapper Tupac Shakur.

In an August 10 letter, Jones wrote that she wanted to protect her client based on her celebrity status and visibility.

'Given the intense media interest in this case, we are concerned that a protective order would be inadequate to protect the privacy interests of the individual parties,' she wrote.

Judd countered with the following in an e-mail statement to Vanity Fair (V.F. also reached out to Madonnaโ€™s legal representation):

'Madonna filed this very public lawsuit containing numerous accusations against Defendants without seeking any confidentiality,' Grossman said in an e-mail to Vanity Fair. 'Now that it is Defendantsโ€™ turn to test those allegations under cross-examination, for the first time Madonna wants these proceedings to be conducted in secret. Her celebrity status is no reason to treat her differently than any other party who walks through the courthouse doors.'

There will be a hearing concerning this matter on Monday.

Since last month, Lutzโ€”who, per Time Madonna identified as 'a former friend, art consultant, and frequent overnight guest' - has remained adamant that Madonna gave her the items put up at auction willingly. Lutzโ€™s legal team maintains that these items are now their clientโ€™s 'legal property.'

'As a result of my close relationship with Plaintiff, I received certain ephemera directly from her,' Lutz said in the court documents, per the New York Daily News last month. 'I also had a close friendship with several of Plaintiffs family members, during that time, and I received various items directly from them.'

From Vanity Fair


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Madonna celebrates her birthday: Life Love Music Dance La Familia

Looks like Madonna is enjoying her birthday in style as these tweets show.


Madonna celebrates sonโ€™s 17th birthday with throwback picture

Madonna has wished her second eldest child Rocco Ritchie a happy birthday as he turned 17.

The pop star marked the special occasion by posting a sweet throwback picture of her son on Instagram as a toddler.

She wrote: 'Happy Birthday to my Beautiful Boy! You are my Son-Shine! 17 years went by too fast!'

Rocco

A second picture shared with her 9.8 million followers on the social networking site showed Rocco - whose father is director Guy Ritchie - doing work for the singerโ€™s charitable organisation Raising Malawi.

She wrote: 'So Proud of you Rocco!!'

Rocco was born on August 11 2000, a few months before Madonna and Ritchie married. They divorced in 2008.

Last year, they were locked in a bitter custody dispute over Rocco, who remained in London with his father after visiting the UK on Madonnaโ€™s world tour.

From PA Entertainment Via Yahoo! News


Madonna accepts damages from publisher over privacy invasion

Madonna and her twin daughters Stella and Estere have accepted damages from the publisher of the Mail Online website over an article that was a 'serious invasion of privacy,' a lawyer for the star said Thursday.

Madonna sued Associated Newspapers over a January story giving details of her adoption of the 4-year-old twins from Malawi.

Her lawyer, Jenny Afia, told a judge in London that the story, published while the adoption was underway, could have 'threatened the integrity and/or outcome of the adoption process which would have had potentially life-changing implications for the girls, as well as for Madonna and her family.'

'Under Malawian law and equivalent provisions under English law, there are rules around identifying children who are in the process of being adopted, principally for their own security and welfare,' Afia said.

She said the article revealed the girls' names, race, age, the fact they lived in an orphanage in Malawi and the fact they were the subject of pending applications for adoption by Madonna.

She said the publisher had agreed to pay Madonna's legal costs and undisclosed damages. Afia said Madonna would donate the damages to a pediatric hospital in Malawi.

'She is pleased that at least some good can come out of the situation,' the lawyer said.

Madonna was not at London's High Court for Thursday's hearing. The singer has six children, including four adopted from Malawi.

From Associated Press Via Yahoo! News


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