Dropped my first single 34 years ago today!! 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉. Music Saved My Life! 😂🙋👍🏻💘🍾🎤🎼💃🏻💃🏻🎤🍾😂👍🏻🙏🏻🎈🎈🙌🏻🎼🎼💃🏻💃🏻🌹🌹 pic.twitter.com/iexnjerUkW— Madonna (@Madonna) 6 October 2016
So, you probably watched Monday’s presidential debate (it kinda feels like the entire world was watching), and chances are you remember the part where Trump slammed Rosie O’Donnell, whom he’s made derogatory comments about in the past.
To refresh your memory, this is what Trump said exactly: 'I said very tough things to her. And I think everybody would agree that she deserves it, and nobody feels sorry for her.'
This came right after Clinton had raised the point that Trump has a history of slandering women ( relevant, because it’s not exactly an ideal quality for the president of the United States).
And then longtime friend Madonna came to O’Donnell’s defense like a champion! We don’t hear from this superstar very often, but she didn’t waste any time in showing her support.
The two have been friends for years, and in times like these, it’s pretty easy to see why. Trump’s comments were immature, unnecessary, and uncalled for, and we’re glad that he’s being called out for his behavior in such a graceful way. Quite simply, women deserve better.
From HelloGiggles Via Yahoo! News
Waiting to see Dad's Beatles film! He taught her everything she knows 😉😜 x Stella pic.twitter.com/SpqfzfIov8— Stella McCartney (@StellaMcCartney) 15 September 2016
On Thursday night, it was girls' night out for Madonna as she hit the premiere of director Ron Howard's new documentary on The Beatles.
The film, The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years, chronicles the best-selling band during the years of their initial success, focusing on their history-making world tours and their power as a live act.
With two gal pals by her side, the 58-year-old singer rocked the blue carpet – wearing a button-down black and white varsity dress. Her blonde locks down by her side, Madonna accessorized her look with gold hoop earrings, and array of necklaces and a pair of black Alaïa ankle boots.
'Just perfect,' the Detroit native wrote on Instagram, of the film after its premiere. 'An inspiring and sobering reminder of this genius band.'
'Epic,' she wrote in another post.
The movie inspired the 'Material Girl' singer to try her hand at her own cover of a classic Beatles tune, singing their 1964 track 'A Hard Day's Night' in an Instagram video with her friends.
On our way to Beatles Documentary..........feeling inspired!😂🎼🎤💃🏻🔥🎉🎉💘💘💯🦄😁😜 pic.twitter.com/E6DRFeJEqa— Madonna (@Madonna) 15 September 2016
Madonna arrived in London on Monday to spend time with Rocco as he went back to school after the holidays. Madonna visited his school and spoke to Rocco's headmistress as well. Madonna later shared a picture of herself wearing an ALICE + OLIVIA Treena pussy-bow silk-blend blouse she wore for the visit.
If You do your homework maybe I will give you more....,..,,,,,..,,,.🎓🎼🎤😎 pic.twitter.com/A1UFZZI0kc— Madonna (@Madonna) September 13, 2016
Madonna and ex-husband Guy Ritchie have settled a court dispute over the custody of their 16-year-old son Rocco.
A spokesman for the New York State court system said the pair had reached an agreement, but did not reveal with which parent the teenager would live.
Ritchie's lawyer Peter Bronstein said Rocco would continue to live with his father in London.
The dispute arose in December when Rocco ignored a court order to fly back to live with his mother in New York. He has since stayed with his father in the UK capital and enrolled in a school there.
Madonna's lawyers have not commented on the settlement.
In December, a judge ruled that Rocco should return to his mother. But she decided not to issue a warrant to enforce the order, urging the pair to reach an agreement.
New York State Supreme Court Justice Deborah Kaplan said: 'No-one is disrupting his household other than the inability of the parents to reach a resolution. If they cannot resolve this matter then eventually the court will.'
Madonna and Ritchie married in 2000 and divorced eight years later.
From BBC News
First Day of School!! I'm Good with 4 hours of sleep I swear! 😁🙋💘😎☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️ pic.twitter.com/KTqcXBsnww— Madonna (@Madonna) 6 September 2016
The only way to start this week is with LOVE! 💘💘💙💙💙💘💘 pic.twitter.com/tW99PKVAbQ— Madonna (@Madonna) 5 September 2016
She came, she saw, she wore red, and she stayed for the whole movie! I do mean our girl Madonna. The iconic M put in a totally surprise appearance at the special screening of director Alek Keshishian’s classic documentary, 'Truth or Dare' at The Museum of Modern Art on Wednesday night. (Alek, choreographer Vince Paterson and two of Madonna’s dancers, Salim Gauwloos and Jose Guitierez, stayed for a Q & A after.)
MoMA’s Joseph A. Berger, who had put together the event - along with other Madonna-themed tributes this month - was totally flabbergasted by La Ciccone’s presence. But that stop didn’t stop him from sticking to his original remarks, which were funny, fierce, personal - he was a 12-year-old gay boy struggling, in 1991, when 'Truth or Dare' hit screens; the daring glimpse into Madonna’s life - her matter-of-fact embrace of her gay dancers lives and issues - altered his own life and perceptions.
AIDS was still pretty much a death sentence in 1991. There wasn’t much positivity for gay youth. The freewheeling, vibrantly liberated 1970s and early 80s had devolved into fear, loathing and religiously sanctioned indifference. Madonna brazenly danced, sang, spoke up and finger-snapped away a great deal of that darkness.
As for the great star, she looked gorgeous, and upon leaving, she appeared pleased, having watched herself at the white hot pinnacle of her fame. The movie is as political, powerful, funny, cringe-inducing, sexy, gritty, without vanity, totally self-obsessed, artful, artificial, genuine and as awkwardly practiced as ever. It’s a genius slice of life. And not just her life, or her particular career.
'Truth or Dare' is fashioned as a vehicle to display fame at its most intense, pleasurable, invading and isolating.
A hundred years from now, the 'Vogue' segment alone - Madonna onstage performing, interspersed with scenes of her being mobbed and adored - will be introduced thus: 'This is stardom. Please stand back.'
The Queen of Pop is missing her King. Madonna took to Instagram to pay tribute to her late friend and fellow superstar Michael Jackson on Monday, August 29, what would have been his 58th birthday.
Her Madgesty, who herself just turned 58 two weeks ago, posted four feels-inducing throwback pics of the pair from the ’80s and ’90s, including a snap from their iconic red carpet appearance at the 1991 Academy Awards.
'Happy Birthday to this wonderful and glorious creature!!' the 'Vogue' singer captioned the collage. '👑 The King! Gone too soon! ❤️ ❣❤️❣❤️❣❤️❣❤️❣❤️❣.'
Jackson tragically passed away in June 2009. That same year, Madonna honored her pal and his chart-topping career during a heartrending speech at the MTV Video Music Awards.
'In a desperate attempt to hold on to his memory, I went on the internet to watch old clips of him dancing and singing on TV and on stage, and I thought, ‘My God, he was so unique, so original, so rare. And there will never be anyone like him again.’ He was a king,' she told the star-studded audience in 2009. 'But he was also a human being, and, alas, we are all human beings, and sometimes we have to lose things before we can truly appreciate them.'
During an October 2009 interview with Rolling Stone, the Material Girl revealed that while she and Jackson made a failed attempt to work together, they ended up spending the entirety of their friendship having fun. 'So that’s what we were doing: watching movies, having dinner, hanging out, going to the Oscars, being silly, seeing if we could work,' she told the magazine. 'He got relaxed. He took off his sunglasses, had a glass of wine, I got him to laugh.'
From Us Weekly
Happy Birthday to this wonderful and glorious creature!! 👑 The King! Gone too soon! ❤️ ❣❤️❣❤️❣❤️❣❤️❣❤️❣ pic.twitter.com/CokMPDi1ag— Madonna (@Madonna) 29 August 2016
'The Candles have been blown. The Cake has been cut, but it's not too late to make my Birthday Wish Come True!! I want to take you on an unforgettable trip to Art Basel. Enter to win and support Raising Malawi: www.omaze.com/madonna'
2 Rebel ❤️'s admire the Art in Havana! 🎨🎨🎨🇨🇺🇨🇺🇨🇺❣❣❣ pic.twitter.com/93nTOfpxuO— Madonna (@Madonna) 19 August 2016
Mi Preciosa ! Mi Amore! Siempre! ❣🇨🇺 pic.twitter.com/4ti3zxNuPo— Madonna (@Madonna) 18 August 2016
The Chimney's say it all. 💃🏻🎉❣😘💯🍾🇨🇺🇨🇺🇨🇺🇨🇺🇨🇺🇨🇺 Best Birthday Ever! Viva Cuba! pic.twitter.com/ayBThi6DVI— Madonna (@Madonna) 18 August 2016
Madonna is the latest celebrity to visit Cuba, dancing in a restaurant for her birthday and touring Havana with her family and friends.
The singer arrived in Havana on Monday. Excited crowds have gathered outside the hotel where she is staying in historic Old Havana, but have caught few glimpses of the 58-year-old star.
Fan Taimi Estrada Joba says she hopes to see Madonna perform a concert in Cuba someday. In her words, 'We are very happy she came.'
A string of U.S. celebrities has visited Havana as part of a boom in tourism set off by the declaration of detente with the U.S. in December 2014. Cuban state media posted enthusiastic reports about Madonna's visit and the Foreign Ministry sent a string of tweets welcoming her.
From Associated Press Via Yahoo! News
Cuba Libre 🇨🇺❣🍾 pic.twitter.com/5fSUzNd2ir— Madonna (@Madonna) 16 August 2016
Madonna is currently in Italy on holiday and is sharing pictures on her Instagram page from there: 'Married to the Mob! 🇮🇹 🎉❣'
'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 .......💘'
Madonna shared this picture on Instagram of a comparison between a picture of Lourdes taken in New York City this week and a picture from almost 30 years ago of Madonna in Who's That Girl wearing near-identical outfits:
Running through the streets of NY! ❤️ lol pic.twitter.com/2OMIYQYDSV— Madonna (@Madonna) July 20, 2016
We Pray for Peace in Africa, in France, all over the world! 🌍🌎🌏🙏🏻☮💘☮ pic.twitter.com/4fbzC6U3mX— Madonna (@Madonna) July 15, 2016
I'll take the Road Less Travelled by! ❤️🇰🇪 Oh Africa! pic.twitter.com/CDu78oqQYN— Madonna (@Madonna) July 7, 2016
With the Samburu tribe in the Kikuyu valley! 🇰🇪🇰🇪🇰🇪🇰🇪🇰🇪🇰🇪🇰🇪🇰🇪 Kenya! pic.twitter.com/d4Z7fazI4v— Madonna (@Madonna) 6 July 2016
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
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
Madonna has arrived in Africa with the following post on Instagram and the message to 'Follow my new account www.instagram.com/raisingmalawi and find out what we are doing next and how and what you can do to help!'
Good Morning Kenya! 💚😂🐗🐒🐯. pic.twitter.com/GcXMq1LVmX— Madonna (@Madonna) 3 July 2016
Madonna has joined her children in London this week, and visited the Chiltern Firehouse with them on Thursday night. Madonna later posted a picture on her Instagram page of Lourdes and Rocco together in London.
Disco Nights...........💃🏻🏃💘😂 pic.twitter.com/rrzgBFUKCF— Madonna (@Madonna) 1 July 2016
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.
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!!!!
Love is Love. Stop Hate Crimes. 🙏🏻 Any form of terrorism is a form of Hate! pic.twitter.com/jBMOudzNMM— Madonna (@Madonna) 12 June 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 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.
From ET Via Yahoo! News
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.'
Wearing the jacket Prince gave me back in the day without permission from BET. 😂. lol! God Bless America. 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/Ucb0peEfqJ— Madonna (@Madonna) 29 May 2016
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.
From Associated Press Via Yahoo! News
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.
From Associated Press Via Yahoo! News
When A drunk person accidentally steps on your thumb! 🍾😁🔫 pic.twitter.com/1GWULjrGuP— Madonna (@Madonna) 5 May 2016
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. 👊🏼
Its been 7 hours and 13 days since you took your love away...all the flowers you planted died when you went away...👑 pic.twitter.com/AP4JELupfc— Madonna (@Madonna) 4 May 2016
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! 🙏'
About last night............,follow the light! 💙 pic.twitter.com/A6tVuz9CTK— Madonna (@Madonna) 30 April 2016
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.'
He Changed The World!! A True Visionary. What a loss. I'm Devastated. This is Not A Love Song. pic.twitter.com/x4JaSxRraC— Madonna (@Madonna) 21 April 2016
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.
Fun in London with my homies pic.twitter.com/WJuD3oneuu— Madonna (@Madonna) 20 April 2016
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.
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.
London. Calling...............🇬🇧. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/gB0PdNxBbf— Madonna (@Madonna) 8 April 2016
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.
Back to school!✍🏻🦄🐎🐎🐎🐎. Starting from the bottom🎉🎉🔫 pic.twitter.com/8mdlv8GxHe— Madonna (@Madonna) 29 March 2016