Madonna and ex Guy Ritchie's teenage son is at the center of an intense custody battle

By Char Adams
Updated February 17, 2016 11:55 AM
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Credit: Source: Madonna/Instagram

The 57-year-old singer took to Instagram Wednesday to share a photo of her 15-year-old son when he was just a baby.

She captioned the photo: “Tu me manque,” which is French for “I miss you.”

In the photo, little Rocco hangs from Madonna’s back, with both mom and son smiling for the camera.

The emotional message comes in the midst of Madonna’s custody battle with ex-husband Guy Ritchie, 47.

The international custody dispute began in December when Rocco left his mother’s Rebel Heart tour to live with his father in the U.K.

A judge in New York reportedly ordered Ritchie to return the former couple’s son to the U.S. in December, and Madonna even attempted to persuade Rocco to come home herself during a mid-tour visit. However, he remains in the U.K. with Ritchie and the director’s family.

The teen was allegedly pictured smoking with friends earlier this month.

“This is exactly what Madonna has been afraid of,” a source told PEOPLE at the time. “Rocco still isn’t back in school – and now this. He is just a rebellious teenager, but he needs guidance and direction from his father.”

Both Madonna and Ritchie are expected to appear at a hearing in New York Supreme Court on March 2.