Madonna flies to London to reunite with son Rocco

Madonna arriving at Heathrow Airport CREDIT: DAVID DYSON 

Madonna returned to the UK this morning with the hope of being reunited with her eldest son Rocco.

Following a bitter four-month custody battle with her ex-husband Guy Ritchie over the 15-year-old, she touched down in London’s Heathrow Airport, dressed all in black.

The 57-year-old mother-of-four reportedly made the plans to visit the UK in order to get Rocco back in school, following his holiday in the Maldives with his father and step-mother.

Rocco has been living in London with his filmmaker father and Guy’s new wife Jacqui, along with their three young children, ever since reportedly leaving his mother before Christmas.

He is alleged to prefer his “normal family life” in the British capital.

Last month, a High Court judge in London urged Madonna and Ritchie to try to settle the four-month battle over their son and focus on enjoying what is left of Rocco’s “precious” childhood.

Mr Justice MacDonald said it would be a “very great tragedy” if more of the “fast receding” days of Rocco’s youth were taken up by litigation.

The judge warned the pair that “summer does not last forever” – and said their child would “very quickly” become an adult.

He pleaded with them to resolve their differences in a ruling on the latest stage of litigation following a hearing in the Family Division.

Mr Justice MacDonald ruled that Madonna could halt legal action in England – and allow a judge in New York to make decisions.

Madonna’s arrival in the UK signals the end of Rebel Heart global tour, which made her the most successful solo touring artist of all time.

She has completed 82 shows and earned over £120 million from the tour.

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Madonna promises ‘good things are coming’ amid custody battle as she returns to London

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Madonna indicated her long-running custody battle over son Rocco could be coming to an end as she returned to the UK.

The Queen of Pop flew back to London – where son Rocco has been living with his dad Guy Ritchie – after drawing her worldwide Rebel Heart tour to a close.

And Madge seemed hopeful of being reunited with her estranged son, 15, as she wrote on Twitter: “YES! Good things are coming!”

Rocco chose to stay with his father in the UK after a visit in December and defied calls for him to return to his mother in the US.

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Madonna looked ready to face the music as she left New York’s JFK airport on a flight to the UK today.

The mum was dressed in a polka dot jumpsuit, a black blazer and fishnet tights.

She hid her eyes behind a large pair of black sunglasses but did flash a small smile.

The Like a Prayer singer lamented her custody battle on stage during her tour.

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According to TMZ, she told the audience in Auckland, New Zealand: “There is no love stronger than a mother for her son. But if I talk about him too much I might cry.”

Last month a High Court judge urged Madonna and her ex husband Guy to find a reasonable solution in the custody battle over their 15-year-old son.

Mr Justice MacDonald said the parents should make the most of “the precious and fast receding days” of Rocco’s childhood.

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Madonna shared a tribute to son Rocco during her Melbourne show

He said: “It would be a very great tragedy for Rocco if any more of the precious and fast receding days of his childhood were to be taken up by this dispute.”

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He added Rocco was a “credit” to both parents, saying: “Far better for each of his parents to spend that time enjoying, in turn, the company of the mature, articulate and reflective young man who is their son and who is a very great credit to them both.”

A judge in New York made similar pleas.

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Ronaldo Designer Jewelry for Madonna

Musical celebs who perform at the KFC Yum! Center really get the red carpet treatment.

Many of the top artists who make a stop at the venue receive a gift of a customized, locally handcrafted piece of Ronaldo Designer Jewelry.

The KFC Yum! Center presented Blake Shelton,Madonna and Carrie Underwood with a custom bracelets prior to their individual concerts.

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Life after Madonna – star’s Blond Ambition dancers reveal all with Josh Sabarra

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Three of Madonna’s Blond Ambition tour backing dancers have opened up about their time with the pop superstar.

Speaking with GT columnist Josh Sabarra on his new podcast series Porn Again, dancers Luis Camacho, Kevin Stea, and Carlton Wilborn revealed some interesting details about the Material Girl.

When asked about their thoughts on the tour documentary Truth Or Dare, where Madonna called her dancers “emotionally crippled,” the men confess that they were “hurt” by the comments.

Kevin said: “I didn’t feel betrayed about it, but what I did realise when I heard those words is that we were generalisations, we were tools in a story – very stereotyped across the board to make a point.

“It made me feel sad that we weren’t given the opportunity to be individuals and to be ourselves and to really be shown as people rather than just like broken, gay dancers.”

All three dancers were given the opportunity to spend time with the icon, and naturally talk turned to what she’s really like behind closed doors.

Carlton said: “I spent time in her apartment with her. I did a play for the New York Shakespeare Festival in New York and stayed with her — waking up and having coffee and chilling out at the end of the day.

“The thing that’s always been amazing to me about her is how really normal she is in her personal life. She’s very normal hanging out with; she’s not extreme.”

Despite the apparent closeness with her dancers presented in the 1991 documentary, they assured that they were aware of their temporary role.

Carlton continued: “In regards to how close she felt… she definitely felt close but I was also aware of what she was and what we were there to do. And I was really clear, early in the game, not to get it twisted.”

So what do they think of Madonna in 2016?

“I hope she’s happy,” Kevin said, “I see her with this new family and these kids; I know how much she wanted it when we were with her and how much we were that for her.”

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Madonna Is Already Carrying Gucci’s Next It Bag

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It was just a few months ago that we spied Gucci’s latest It bag, the Dionysus, on the arms of some of Hollywood’s chicest women: Beyoncé, Dakota Johnson, andSienna Miller among them. Now it appears that the Italian house has done it again with its reinterpretation of the ’80s-influenced shopper bag. Fresh from the Fall 2016 runway, the XL leather tote bag features an artistic touch, courtesy of musician and snowboarder Trevor Andrew (also known as GucciGhost), who has since gone on to work for the brand’s creative director, Alessandro Michele. And the first A-lister seen sporting the new bag was none other than Madonna, spotted in New York earlier this week.

The singer has long been muse to designers from Jean Paul Gaultier to Marc Jacobs, and here she marries a militaristic influence—note the button placket on her jacket—with a streetwear vibe. Gucci’s tote adds a polished yet lo-fi effect, which is further reinforced by a Louis Vuitton logo scarf. And while we will likely have to wait until fall for more sightings of Michele’s latest creations, leave it to music’s original fashion chameleon to lead the pack with this edgy, luxurious look.

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The Boys of Madonna’s Blond Ambition Star in a New Documentary

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If you can still recite every line of Madonna’s “Vogue,” you probably remember the sexy men who could strike a pose or two alongside the pop queen in the video. They gave off gay sex appeal to Madge’s already pretty gay career.

Madonna’s Blond Ambition tour in 1990 was originally immortalized 25 years ago in her documentary, In Bed With Madonna. Now, we get a chance to catch up with Slam and Kevin, the boys of Blond Ambition in Strike a Pose, a documentary about the lives of Madonna’s friends and dancers by filmmakers Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan.

This week, Attitude is catching up with the Blond Ambition boys ahead of the film’s release. Yesterday, they spoke with Slam, whose gay kiss was captured in In Bed With Madonna:

“I still get letters about that! Now everyone is kissing, but at the time people didn’t think it was cool. We were just being ourselves. But it inspired a lot of people just to be yourself, and express yourself. But we did it all without knowing what an impact it would have throughout the world.”

In their interview today with Kevin, he revealed how he almost turned down the job of a lifetime:

“I’d never really followed Madonna, I was more alternative rock. So I didn’t realise how famous or popular she was. I almost turned her down! I had other commitments. She negotiated my contract with me in person on the set of the ‘Vogue’ video, in between takes. She was like, ‘So you wanna go on tour with me?’ and I was like ‘Maybe, I’ll have to get back to you.’ She was shocked! She said ‘What! What have you got?’ and I said, ‘Well I’m doing something with a woman I really like, called Marguerite’, and she was like ‘Fuck Marguerite!’”

In the end, it was Madonna who helped him realize that he was gay:

“For me, I wasn’t out. I didn’t really know what it was to be gay at that time. So when she started promoting (In Bed With Madonna) as ‘Madonna and her gay dancers,’ I was thinking, ‘Well maybe I am gay.’ It kind of took all the guess work out of it for me.”

Strike a Pose premieres on April 15 at Tribeca Film Festival.

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Madonna Leads Hot Tours Roundup With Final Rebel Heart Shows

Madonna performs during her “Rebel Heart” tour at Bridgestone Arena on Jan. 18, 2016 in Nashville, Tenn.

With the wrap of her Rebel Heart tour,Madonna owns the No. 1 slot on the weekly tally of top-grossing Hot Tours (see list, below), based on $62.4 million in sales from the final two legs of her four-continent jaunt. A swing through seven Asian markets in February and a final trek in Australia and New Zealand rounded out the world tour that kicked off last fall in North America.


Her highest-grossing venue during the Asian leg was a two-night stand in the Tokyo metropolitan area at the Saitama Super Arena on Feb. 13 & 14. With $9.6 million in ticket sales, the arena also ranked as the highest grossing venue throughout the entire six-month trek. The tour finale, a two-show stint at Sydney’s Allphones Arena on March 19 & 20, generated $6 million in revenue, the top sales among the venues during the final leg Down Under.

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Final overall box office counts for the Rebel Heart tour totaled $169,804,336 from 1,045,479 sold tickets at 82 sold out performances worldwide.

Kevin Hart follows in the second slot on the Hot Tours recap based on a sold out engagement in Sydney, also at Allphones Arena. The comedian performed two nights at the venue, selling a total of 27,284 tickets on Feb. 7 and 8. With a $2.2 million box office take, the Sydney engagement was the final date for his What Now? tour’s Aussie leg that also included performances in Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane during February.

Hart’s yearlong tour kicked off last April with 129 shows set in U.S. and Canadian markets through the end of 2015. An international leg began in January and included shows in European and Asian cities before heading to Australia. The What Now? tour’s final run was a string of South African dates at the end of March.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member Van Morrison scores the No. 3 ranking on Hot Tours with a $1.6 million gross from two sold out concerts in Los Angeles at the Shrine Auditorium. A total of 12,318 fans saw the veteran artist during the Jan. 15-16 run.

The L.A. engagement kicked off Morrison’s 2016 touring schedule that also included a three-night sold out stint at Oakland’s Fox Theater beginning on Jan. 18. A handful of European shows followed in March, and a series of U.S. shows are booked in April, including an appearance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on April 23. Also, a slate of upcoming performances are booked in Europe during the summer months.

HOT TOURS – MARCH 29, 2016
Ranked by Gross.  Compiled from Boxscores reported March 22-28
Rank ACT
Total Gross
Show Date Range
Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
Total Attendance (Capacity)
Feb. 4-March 20
Taipei Arena, Taipei, Taiwan (2/2)
Impact Arena, Bangkok (2/2)
Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan (2/2)
AsiaWorld-Arena, Hong Kong (2/2)
Studio City Event Center, Macau (2/2)
SM Mall of Asia Arena, Manila (2/2)
National Stadium, Singapore (1/1)
Vector Arena, Auckland, New Zealand (2/2)
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne (2/2)
Brisbane Entertainment Center, Brisbane, Australia (2/2)
Allphones Arena, Sydney (2/2)
225,687 (225,687)
March 7-8
Allphones Arena, Sydney (2/2)
27,284 (27,284)
Jan. 15-16
Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles (2/2)
12,318 (12,318)
Jan. 14-16
Toyota Center, Houston (1/1)
BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla. (1/1)
23,182 (23,182)
March 23
Allphones Arena, Sydney (1/1)
16,863 (16,863)
Feb. 26
Toyota Center, Houston (1/1)
12,206 (12,206)
March 16-18
Allphones Arena, Sydney (1/0)
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne (1/0)
16,532 (17,357)
Feb. 20-27
Toyota Center, Houston (1/0)
Philips Arena, Atlanta (1/1)
19,975 (20,172)
Jan. 30-March 21
Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville (1/1)
Hallenstadion, Zürich (1/1)
16,191 (16,191)
Feb. 28-March 18
Hallenstadion, Zürich (1/0)
SSE Hydro, Glasgow, U.K. (1/0)
21,566 (23,727)

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Madonna in Dutch Grazia and German Frau Im Spiegel magazines

Media continues to speculate on Madonna’s so called ‘meltdown’, the Dutch Grazia magazine even decides to dedicate a three page spread to this ‘meltdown’ and the custody battle. German Frau Im Spiegel also publishes a one page article.

The reason for uploading the scans of the articles is because of the fabulous live pictures. The HD scans can be found on our Rebel Heart Tour page.


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The Truth about Madonna’s Heartbreaking “Meltdown”

It’s not often we see Madonna in tears. The Queen of Pop has a steel persona and is a beacon of unflappable girl power. Strong and resilient, every aspect of her public life carefully controlled for our viewing pleasure.

But over the past few months we’ve witnessed the most shocking transformation yet from a woman who has surprised us for decades. Now we are seeing a vulnerable, sensitive mom who is experiencing a pain so raw and deep that for the first time she’s exposing herself in front of the whole world as she struggles to comprehend her new reality.

Over Christmas it was revealed the 57-year-old is involved in a tug of war with her ex-husband Guy Ritchie (they were married for eight years, but divorced in 2008) over their 15-year-old son, Rocco Ritchie. While Rocco has spent most of his time since the split living stateside with his mom, he has now decided he wants to be based with his dad in London.

“There is a stability that being with his dad can give him. He wants to be near his friends,” a London source says. “Over the holidays he decided he didn’t want to be on the road touring with his mum. He seems to really like London. It’s a cool place to live and he feels at home there.”

But that decision has been heartbreaking for Madonna. It’s a hard thing for any mother to accept her child is choosing not to be with her. As one source explains to me, “She is doing how you would imagine she is doing. The best she can under the circumstances but it’s been incredibly upsetting for her.”

Another source echoes, “Her heart is broken over this whole situation, she loves her son so much.”

When Rocco refused to fly back to New York to spend Christmas with his mother, Madonna and Guy took their disagreement to court (both in New York and London). Shortly thereafter, Madonna went back on the road. She had a world tour to finish and was forced to confess to her arenas full of fans the pain she was going through.

“It’s true, there is no love stronger than a mother for her son,” she admitted while singing “La Vie en Rose” during a New Zealand show. And then on stage in Mexico City she tearfully revealed, “I, too, go through challenging times in my life, and right now is one of them.”

But Madonna’s critics are translating her emotional low into a downfall that straddles all spheres in her life—both personal and professional. Three decades of hard work seemingly forgotten as observers try to find a deeper reason why Rocco wouldn’t want to be with her anymore. Her vulnerability has been met with accusations of weakness. Headlines and rhetoric focusing on what a “mess” she is and how she’s drinking too much (because she’s been doing shots on stage—which a source clarifies is actually just water). Bashing Madonna has become a blood sport. At times it’s been misogynistic and ageist.

And then there are the stories about her being late to the stage, and not being able to sell out her concerts.

While there is no denying Madonna can be outrageous and scandalous. And, yeah, I get it, starting a concert late so some people miss their train home is rude (although bear in mind she has completed 82 concert dates since September so in my book we can excuse her for the odd bit of tardiness). But somehow people are forgetting that losing a son is probably the hardest thing she has ever had to endure. It doesn’t matter how much fame or money you have, that kind of loss is universal and debilitating on every level.

She has spent three decades at the top of her industry. She’s managed it by adapting, by knowing what she wants and not being afraid to go for it. She’s a trailblazer who has constantly pushed the boundaries and arguably given performers such as Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears the freedom they have today. Just because she’s showing us her soft side, and admitting she’s hurting like hell, does not make her a target.

One friend is keen to set the record straight: “I’m fed up with reading all the negative press about her. She barely drinks; so all those stories of her being drunk are not true. She only occasionally has alcohol. Her whole routine on stage is meticulously choreographed. She’s an artist, there are times when she is doing the most complicated moves, there’s no way she could do that if she was drunk.”

“You have to remember, Madonna is the ultimate performer, and some of the outrageous things she says on stage are part of her act. But people are taking things literally, they are trying to see the negative in everything.”
Another source says, “This is real life. This is the kind of situation that cuts hard. And yet despite it all she’s doing her work for her fans, she’s keeping it together. She’s allowed to hurt. She’s allowed to be emotional.”

Meanwhile, Rocco’s world in London is very different from life on the road with his mom. He’s now been enrolled in school and has a good group of friends; he’s even been hanging out with Victoria Beckham and David Beckham’s son, Brooklyn Beckham. “He seems really happy,” says a London-based source. “He enjoys being with his dad. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t love being with him mom too, but his life in London seems to suit him right now. He’s been cycling around and really likes being in the city.”

The next court hearing over where Rocco will be based is currently scheduled for June. And ultimately Madonna and Guy will have to accept whatever the court decides—no matter how tough it will be for either of them to swallow.

For Madonna, now that the tour is over, it’s time to pick up the pieces, privately. While one source claimed Madonna was planning on traveling to London to spend time with Rocco during his Easter break, unfortunately that does not seem to have worked out. Guy and Rocco are now in the Maldives on holiday. When her world tour ended last weekend, Madonna instead flew back to New York. It may be a while until mother and son are reunited.
“She’s heartbroken, but ultimately it will be OK,” says an insider. “She’s going through what any of us would feel faced with the same situation.” Her child has grown and wants to be able to make his own decisions. She was admittedly a rebellious teenager herself, and knows what it feels like to want your own independence.

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Madonna Extends Record as Highest-Grossing Solo Touring Artist: $1.31 Billion Earned

Her recently completed Rebel Heart Tour earned $170 million & sold more than 1 million tickets.

With the wrap of Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour on March 20 in Sydney, the pop superstar solidifies her status as the highest-grossing solo touring artist in Billboard Boxscore history. Based onBillboard’s Boxscore archives that stretch back to 1990, her overall concert grosses reached $1.31 billion with the tour’s final show.

The Rebel Heart trek grossed $169.8 million from 1,045,479 tickets sold at 82 performances. The tour launched on Sept. 9, 2015, in Montreal, spanned over seven months and visited four continents. It hit 20 arenas in the U.S. and Canada through the end of October. A European run through 16 cities in 11 countries followed in November and December, and a second North American stint began in January. Seven Asian cities were on tap in February, and the tour’s final leg wrapped Down Under with a four-city sweep through Australia and New Zealand.

The Rebel Heart Tour’s top-grossing venue was the Saitama Super Arena in the Tokyo market with $9.6 million earned at sold out shows on Feb. 13 and 14. Top box office counts among the North American markets came at New York City’s Madison Square Garden with $5.2 million in sales on Sept. 16 and 17.

The diva first earned the top solo touring distinction in 2009 after the conclusion of her Sticky & Sweet tour. With the closing of that year-long run she became the highest-grossing solo artist and held that title until Bruce Springsteen surpassed her during his successful Wrecking Ball and High Hopes tours from 2012 through 2014. With the Rebel Heart Tour, however, she takes back the title.

Overall, Madonna ranks third on all-time top-grossing Billboard Boxscore list, with justThe Rolling Stones ($1.84 billion) and U2 ($1.67 billion) ahead of her. Madonna is also one of only six artists — and the only woman — who have topped the $1 billion mark in overall concert grosses since 1990.

Top Grossing Billboard Boxscore Touring Acts*

  1. The Rolling Stones — $1.84 billion
  2. U2 — $1.67 billion
  3. Madonna — $1.31 billion
  4. Bruce Springsteen — $1.25 billion
  5. Elton John — $1.05 billion
  6. Bon Jovi — $1.03 billion

* through March 23, 2016

Madonna’s first tour reported to Billboard Boxscore was the Blond Ambition World Tour in 1990. She first joined the billion-dollar club in 2012 with the wrap of her MDNA Tour that brought her overall ticket sales total to $1.14 billion.

Also, Madonna has been the highest-grossing female touring artist for the past 12 years. She staked that claim in 2004 with the wrap of her Re-Invention World Tour and has remained the top solo female concert headliner ever since.

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