Madonna and Guy Ritchie's Teenage Son Rocco Allegedly Ordered to Return to U.S.

The singer appears in court over custody battle with ex-husband, according to multiple reports

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Madonna is embroiled in a custody battle with ex-husband Guy Ritchie, according to published reports.

The singer and director’s 15-year-old son Rocco – who has been with his father in London and reportedly expressed his desire to stay abroad with him – was ordered to return to Madonna in New York at a court hearing on Wednesday, reports The New York Post‘s Page Six. (Reps and lawyers for Madonna and Guy did not respond to requests for comment.)

Madonna, 57, was present when Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Deborah Kaplan delivered the decision.

Guy, 47, did not appear in court. According to the New York Daily News, his attorney Eric Buckley told Kaplan, “[Rocco] has expressed very clearly that he does not want to return to New York.”

Madonna attempted to respond before her lawyer Eleanor Alter calmed her, the newspaper reported. That’s when Kaplan asked, “Has he prevented the child from returning to the U.S.?” Buckley replied, “Effectively, yes.”

Kaplan, who said Rocco will receive a court-appointed attorney, addressed the singer at the hearing. “I’m granting you all the relief you have requested,” the judge reportedly said, prompting Madonna to smile and nod. “I’m directing the child to be returned to New York. If he wants to stay with his father, he must return to his mother.”

Prior to ending their seven-year marriage in 2008, Madonna and Guy adopted David Banda, now 10, in 2006. The singer also has two daughters, Lourdes Leon, 19, and Mercy James, 9.

Guy has three young children – Rafael, Levi, and Rivka – with model Jacqui Ainsley, whom he married in July.

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