Madonna hasn’t always had the best relationship with her son, Rocco

American (if at times British-sounding) pop star Madonna is undoubtedly known as one of the greatest musical icons of the 20th and 21st centuries. Over the years, the singer has won seven Grammy Awards from 28 nominations and has sold over 300 million records – making her one of the best-selling female music artists of all time. Nonetheless, Madonna has also had her fair share of controversies, many of which have surrounded her personal life, including her two husbands (and two divorces), many relationships, and six children.

Of course, despite her near-deist status, Madonna is still human, and as a result, has experienced much that has missed the headlines. An interesting aspect of her personal life concerns her relationship with her son Rocco Ritchie, whom she gave birth to in 2000. It turns out that despite the public’s endless adoration over the past four decades, Madonna’s relationship with her own family — including her eldest son — is a little rockier.

Rocco Ritchie and Madonna spent time apart during the custody battle

News about Rocco Ritchie, Madonna’s son with Guy Ritchie, arguably broke in September 2015 when he became the subject of a high-profile custody battle between his parents. The argument started because Rocco wanted to stay with his father in England, while Madonna wanted him to return to New York, according to BBC News. Rocco’s attorney told the court, “Having this order over his head is stressful and upsetting for him.” Understandable considering he was only 15 at the time. Madonna later dropped the custody request and decided to settle the dispute out of court.

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In the end, Rocco stayed with his father in London, while Madonna spent Christmas in New York with her other three children, according to the Daily Star. Madonna and Rocco got back together the following year when Rocco was 16 when Madonna returned to the UK

Now that the custody battle is settled, Madonna and her son appear to be in a healthy relationship. In fact, Rocco is often the subject of his mother’s social media posts. One, for example, celebrated Rocco’s 22nd birthday in August; Another in December 2021 consisted of Madonna proudly sharing artistic photoshoots of him as a tribute to actor James Dean.

Rocco Ritchie once called his mother ‘strict’

Rocco Ritchie may have had a tumultuous relationship with his mother for a time prior to 2015, perhaps starting when he first toured with her at age 11 as a dancer. A few months into the tour, Rocco appeared on “Ellen” with Madonna, where the host bullied him about his relationship with his mother.

“Is your mother strict?” Ellen asked the then 12-year-old. “Is she a good mother?” After some hesitation, Rocco replied, “Yes, she is a good mother. But…yeah.” When Madonna jokingly pressed him on this, he reiterated that she’s a good mom, adding, “She’s very strict, but in a good way.”

Rocco isn’t the only child of Madonna’s whom she calls strict. In 2021, his older sister Lourdes Leon, Madonna’s daughter by fitness trainer Carlos Leon, told Interview magazine that despite her mother’s exorbitant wealth, she had to pay for everything herself, including her tuition and rent. “We don’t get handouts in my family,” Leon said. “I think my mom saw all these other kids of famous people and she said, ‘My kids aren’t going to be like that.'” Leon added that the agreement was partly her decision as well, since her mom “is such a control freak.” , who “has controlled me all my life”. As a result, she felt the need to become “completely independent” from her once she graduated from high school, which included financial independence.

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