Madonna hired a private investigator to document Rocco’s UK delinquency

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Over the weekend, The Sun (UK) got some exclusive shots of Rocco Ritchie at a skate park in London with friends – go here to see. He seemed to be smoking (or sharing) a blunt. As in, a 15-year-old was smoking a little pot as he chilled out with friends. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s a bad sign that Rocco spends his days chilling out at skate parks, smoking blunts. But I also think… yeah, that’s what a lot of teenagers are doing. After the photographs were published, Madonna and her team decided to use the pics as further evidence that Guy Ritchie is a terrible father and that Rocco should be back at home with his mother.

Madonna and Guy Ritchie’s custody battle rages on. Over the weekend, U.K.’s The Sun posted photos of the exes’ underage son Rocco allegedly smoking with friends in London while under his father’s care.

“This is exactly what Madonna has been afraid of,” a source tells PEOPLE. “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.”

[From People]

I’m not sure what I think of dealing with teenage rebellion (#RebelHeart) with Madonna’s style of extreme discipline. Most teenagers have a phase where they’re a—holes and they experiment with drugs and don’t want to go to school. So, how do you handle that as a parent? By infantilizing your teenager and taking away their autonomy? By hiring a private investigator to stalk and document your teenage son’s every transgression?

Madonna is not relying on the paparazzi to document her son’s life with Guy Ritchie in the middle of their custody war … we’re told she’s hired a P.I. to get the lowdown in London first hand. Multiple sources connected with the singer tell us, Madonna believes Guy has set no rules for 15-year-old Rocco and he’s living dangerously … not enrolled in school, hanging out in skate parks, smoking and essentially doing anything he wants.

We’re told the animosity runs deep between Madonna and Guy … she feels strongly their son needs structure and he’s unable and unwilling to provide it.

[From TMZ]

I get that Madonna is upset and I get that she wants to be prepared for the custody hearing. But here’s my question: what was Rocco getting up to when he lived full time with Madonna? Just because she was the disciplinarian parent and she has tons of rules, doesn’t mean Rocco wasn’t getting up to some shady stuff under her watch too. Teenagers are sneaky. And she can find a mountain of evidence proving that Rocco is smoking pot in London, but really… is that going to make Rocco want to come home? No.

Photos courtesy of Madonna’s Instagram.

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  1. LAR says:

    That pic does not look anything like Madonna. Holy Photoshop Batman! I thought it was Sofia Vergara.

  2. aims says:

    That’s the thing. He doesn’t want to live with his mom and he’s 15! Look, he’s not an adult, he’s a crappy teenage boy, but if you force him to live somewhere he doesn’t want to be, you’re going to regret it. He’ll resent you, and or run away. I feel like this is more about Madonna’s ego. She can’t handle it to be rejected. Leave him be. If he wants his dad, so be it. At least he’s safe.

    • Dlo says:

      I agree totally

    • Bridget says:

      It’s more than that though. Apparently since he’s been in the UK with his dad Rocco hasn’t been back in school – the kid is 15 for goodness sake. It’s entirely possible that Madonna has valid concerns about Rocco living with his dad this way.

      • aims says:

        Is it illegal for a minor not being in school in the UK? I understand the issue regarding education. He has to be in some kind of school and it also worries me that he may feel with two insanely wealthy parents, he doesn’t need to do anything. I totally get all of that..

      • Bridget says:

        Legal or not, do you really think it’s in the best interests of a rebellious 15 year old to not be in school and hanging around a skate park all day?

      • Lady D says:

        Education would be my overriding concern too.

      • aims says:

        No I don’t. Between a mother who’s a dictator and a father who’s the opposite, maybe boarding school is the compromise.

      • Fee says:

        He wasn’t in school with her either, traveling around the world for her tour, how is that better. He wants to stay with dad,stable n in one place. For all we know he is home schooled. These mags are all pro Madonna, her 2 youngest r on tour with her, is that really a place for little children?

    • Hejhej says:


    • funcakes says:

      So Madonna wants us to believe that he was carrying a bible, going to Sunday school and watching the Disney channel the whole time he lived with her? I saw the picture of Rocco with the blunt and you can tell he looked pretty experienced.
      The young man has three years to go before he off on his own. And lets faces it, he was going to bolt at 17, so that’s really two. At this point its like fighting over a twenty year old.

      • Belle Epoch says:

        Didn’t she Instagram Rocco years ago with a bottle of booze? Anybody remember? It was over the line.

    • Intuitive says:

      Of course it’s about Madonna’s ego. Her reaction is not that of a devoted mother but a classic narcissistic response. This isn’t about the welfare of her son but about winning at all costs. How dare someone defy her? She will do whatever it takes to get what she wants and ‘win’.

    • Greenieweenie says:

      ITA. She’s basically arguing about parenting styles. She wants structure/Guy does not. You can’t insist on choosing how your child is parented because you aren’t the only parent! If you can’t find a common ground with the child’s father, you’re going to have to cope with two different styles whether you like it or not. Stop going to court over this and wait until there’s actually a concrete outcome to demonstrate your child is better off with you–in terms of physical or emotional welfare. Otherwise this is just a recipe for grievance. She’s her own worst enemy here.

    • Ravensdaughter says:

      Control freak parent=rebellious teenager.
      Besides, Madonna is steppin’ out with Sean Penn. Can you say STEPFATHER FROM HELL?

  3. Maum says:

    A PI to spy on your kid? That’s going to work.

    And what is the point of that ridiculously photoshopped second picture? I hope it’s ironic cos she doesn’t look human.

    I miss the pre-instagram/twittter/whatever else. Celebs in those days had a certain mystery and mystique. And then we found out what a bunch of vapid narcissistic idiots most of them were. Over and over again.

    • Patricia says:

      I think Instagram has been the worst thing to ever happen to Madonna’s image. She shows her dumb, narcissistic, out-of-touch, thirsty ass every damn day.

      • ladysussex says:

        Very astute @Patricia ITA! Just wait a few years. I think we’ll all have a nice, juicy tell all book from Rocco that will make “Mommy Dearest” pale in comparison!

      • Intuitive says:

        This is about Madonna’s ego. Her reaction is not that of a devoted mother but a classic narcissistic response. This isn’t about the welfare of her son but about winning at all costs. How dare someone defy her? She will do whatever it takes to get what she wants and ‘win’.

    • anne_000 says:

      I agree with you that the ol’ days of not knowing every little thing about a celebrity made them much more palatable.

      I wonder if the point of the PI is to have someone harass Rocco and make him feel uncomfortable enough to want to come back to NYC.

      But telling the world there’s a PI on Rocco’s tail just emphasizes what a control freak she is.

      • Jwoolman says:

        She seems determined to make sure it will be years before her son ever talks to her again… Was she tailing him in New York, too? That would have really creeped me out at that age, no matter what totally innocent thing I was doing.

  4. Luca76 says:

    Didn’t she post pictures of him drinking with his friends a few years back when he was like 12???
    She needs to try a different tactic and just try to keep this out of the tabs.

    • Lama Bean says:


    • anne_000 says:

      Yup, I remember that photo. I guess it’s only OK when he’s with her.

    • Denisemich says:

      Umm he held a bottle of alcohol in a photo. He was not seen drinking from a bottle of alcohol.

      Madonna might have very strict means of parenting but that is not the issue. The issue is that she and Guy Ritchie are not working together for their son.
      Lourdes claimed Madonna was too strict as well but her dad backed Madonna. Now, Lourdes is in a great college.
      How does it hurt Rocco to tow the line for 3 more years? What is the worst thing that would happen to him… he might go to college and become productive. It is very obvious that being with Guy Ritchie is like a continuous vacation for Rocco.

      You should not be doing any type of drug at 15 in a skate park with your friends. Sorry…. bad parenting on Guy Ritchie.

      • Fee says:

        But he is not living a normal life with her, she’s on tour, Taiwan. I don’t think she’s watching him 24/7 while touring. Let him be with his dad. We were all teens, we hanged out in malls, parks, who hasn’t smoked a joint? That’s not on his dad, he would be doing the same with her. And her ex Leon agrees with all because she pays him.

    • AntiSocialButterfly says:

      Yes. She is one enormously hypocritical, sanctimonious a$$, and you can bet your bottom dollar this is not about her son’s well being *at all*, and totally about her narcissism… the public image smear that his rejection causes, and secondarily, her hostility toward her ex for taking him in.

      As the parent of three teenagers, if you don’t want them behaving in ways deleterious to their personal development, you must be and stay emotionally connected *every day*, be an active part of their lives, provide and teach them to set boundaries, let them know they matter to you and are loved unconditionally so that they don’t have pain they want to escape from in unhealthy ways. Then you are as close to guaranteed as you possibly can be that they will make the right choices the vast majority of the time when they are with peers.

      I feel truly sorry for Rocco.I have two 15 year old boys, and my heart breaks imagining what this kid must be feeling, because I can’t stand the thought of my own in unnecessary pain. Being a teen is hard enough with an average family- emotional upheavals related to hormones, peers, the struggle for self- acceptance, and the general confusion from the developing brain itself- imagine how that is amplified being the child of two celebs and frequently the source for other people’s judgements on a grand scale, thanks to tabloid rags. Poor kid.

    • Bridget says:

      The picture was a joke. Madonna is actually known as the stricter parent.

    • Colette says:

      Did she hire a PI to investigate Lourdes when she photographed smoking when she was 15?

  5. Crumpet says:

    Once they reach a certain age, the more you try to control them the faster they run. She doesn’t seem to have figured this out yet.

    • qwerty says:

      Ironic, considering what she was like, I think

      • CooCooCatchoo says:

        I bet Madonna’s dad is laughing his ass off. What with payback being a bitch and all.

      • Lauren II says:

        Madonna was a rebellious teenager- am i right? What a hypocrite.

        Rocco could probably finish his studies online, or with a tutor in Guy’s home.
        Madonna always has to win everything. I wouldn’t want to live with her either.

        All I have seen in the past week is Guy and Rocco riding bikes together around London. This whole situation is rediculous, and is not based on love.

    • GingerCrunch says:

      Absolutely. I don’t see any of this going the way she’d like it. The struggle is real, ain’t it, Madge? Trying to control your teenage son against what he considers his “cool” dad, who’s your acrimonious ex? HA! Best to lower your expectations now.

      • saras says:

        Yeah so much for rebel heart! Lol her young days were wild and she pushes every button but clutches pearls over some weed. Please… I am sure he will be fine if he has a little breathing room. Even if he never went back to school it is not like he will ever have to actually WORK WORK for a living! Hahaha

  6. Toot says:

    Not a Madonna fan, but Guy needs to be a parent. Why isn’t Rocco going to school and he shouldn’t be doing drugs. Of course he prefers his father since he does whatever he wants. This is a mess.

    Madonna doing what she’s doing is going to push her son further away, and guy seems to think it’s all good, but Rocco can progress to a harder drug. Just sad.

    • A says:

      If he really is not going to school regularly I agree he at least needs that structure and discipline. But I am also not sure that life on a world tour is the kind of structure and discipline a 15 year old needs either. If they are the type that loves it, then sure each kid is different. But 15 is still in prime I just want to be like everyone else and my parents don’t know jack and my friends know everything territory so I can see wanting to be in one place with friends rather than on tour all the time.

      • Bread and Circuses says:

        Yeah, I don’t think being on tour is *safe* for a 15-year-old.

        For one thing, it enormously increases the number of strangers in contact with the kid, and there will always be strangers who would attempt to do harm to or manipulate a 15-year-old child — especially a child of rich, famous parents.

        Either Rocco would need minding 24-7 while he was touring with his mom, or he’d be in danger, and either scenario is a highly-legitimate reason for him wanting out of the situation.

    • Pinky says:

      @Toot I agree. She knows what her kid was trying to pull under her watch, and if Guy isn’t enforcing some rules, she gets that Rocco will spin off the rails in no time. Lives of celebrity kids are not the same as those of normal teens. She doesn’t want her kid to be a burnout waste of space, entitled brat, which is what the people on here are going to be calling him in a few years when he turns into Chet Haze. THAT’s what we’re in for, people! Chet Haze2.0!


    • anne_000 says:

      Would a school, especially a private one, accept a student they know is not in the legal care of his custodial parent? By now, I’m thinking all the UK schools know that Guy isn’t his residential custodial parent and that Rocco is legally supposed to be in NYC.

      • Bridget says:

        Wouldn’t he already have a school he attends when he’s with Guy? And if there are legal roadblocks (though considering how leaky this court battle has been, wouldn’t we have heard if he filed paperwork with the court to get Rocco in school?), hire a private tutor or home school for the time being.

      • anne_000 says:

        I think the difference would be that now all the schools know that there’s an issue with him being legally residing in the country. Whereas, when Rocco was just visiting, there wouldn’t have been a problem with school, maybe because he was just visiting and not actually going to school in the UK.

      • Bridget says:

        It’s been 3 months since he’s been in school though. Which also means that he wasn’t in school even when he was legally in Guy’s custody. And again, hire a private tutor or homeschool of there’s a legal issue.

      • anne_000 says:

        He wasn’t in school during his months working on Madonna’s tour either, so under BOTH parents, more than just three months…

    • MooHoo says:

      Agree with you. If it was my kid, I would be pulling my hair out worrying about the people he is hanging out with in London – a kid with lots of money and lots of freedom and probably hardly any boundaries set by cool dad. There is also alcoholism and drug abuse in Madonna’s family and she might rightly worry about Rocco heading down a bad track in a place where there is lots available and mixing within a London society where it is the norm to do lots of drugs. I get it. I find it sad that Guy and herself can’t make decisions and parent together but I guess this is hard to do when you are divorced and not really talking to each other. I understand her urgency to protect even if some here might find it too much. Yes, teens do things but you like to know that, as a parent, you have some control over how they are living their lives.

    • Jwoolman says:

      I would guess that waiting for the hearing is the obstacle to getting him into a regular school. So blame Madonna for that. If she had just said fine, you can live with your dad as long as you attend school and do your homework and maintain decent grades- problem solved.

      • anne_000 says:


      • Bridget says:

        If that’s the case, why didn’t Guy petition for Rocco to be allowed to be in school while he’s in London? Hire a private tutor? If this is supposed to be about looking out for Rocco’s best interests, don’t you think school is a part of that?

  7. Margo S. says:

    Regardless if he’s doing drugs or drinking or whatever, he HAS to be attending school. That’s it. Guy and Madonna should at least both be agreeing to that. Now maybe he was supposed to be in school but skipped that day. We don’t have all the details so who knows?

  8. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I would be upset about the school thing, too, so I can’t fault her for that. But she seems to be handling this in the worst possible way. commanding, ordering, threatening, stalking – what happened to talking, or better yet, listening. She has escalated this into war. Stupid.

    • FingerBinger says:

      Guy Ritchie is to blame too. It doesn’t appear he’s doing anything to make the situation better. They’re not coparenting. Madonna could handle this better but it shouldn’t all fall on her.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        True enough.

      • funcakes says:

        If I pulled that crap with my Dad he would have personally taken me back to my mother. And if I didn’t like it he would have told me to just suck it up.
        It sounds like two people trying to be his buddy when they should be acting like parents.

    • Bridget says:

      Child of divorced parents get mad at mom and flees to “fun” dad who doesn’t even have him enrolled in school. And remember, Guy is the one going against the parenting plan, and appears to be doing nothing to co-parent (and in fact seems more interested in spiting his ex than looking out for his kid). Are we really going to fault Madonna on this?

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I’m not faulting her for being upset about it. I’m faulting her for handling it in a way that seems guaranteed to make it worse. As you both point out, Guy is at fault too for playing the cool, fun guy but she’s the playing right into his hands.

      • Bridget says:

        Guy doesn’t get nearly enough of the blame for his share of this mess. Rocco is acting like a normal, rebellious teenager, and Guy has instead chosen to facilitate this spiraling out of control rather than working to co-parent. And not having his 15 year old in some sort of schooling is a huge issue.

  9. qwerty says:

    15 and not going to school? Is that legal?

    Just cause Madonna is a control freak does not mean Ritchie is not a sh!tty father.

    • Decorative Item says:

      Yes. Sadly. Well, at least in my country.

    • PennyLane says:

      Divorced dads are notoriously permissive, but this is beyond the pale. Being the ‘Cool Dad’ is one thing…allowing your kid to drop out of the 10th grade is quite another.

      Madonna may very well be wrong about every other issue, but she’s right about this one: Rocco has to stay in school.

    • Elisa the I. says:

      Yes, it is in my country (Austria). Maybe someone from the UK can chime in on this…
      Maybe he is home-schooled? 🙂

  10. swak says:

    Wasn’t Lourde smoking (cigarettes, I think) when she was in high school and living with Madonna? And wasn’t Madonna the one that allowed Rocco to drink? She needs to chill a bit. Can’t control them 24/7.

    • Lizzie McGuire says:

      Yeah Lourdes what the same age as Rocco when she was caught smoking. Also Madonna posted a pic of Rocco with some bottles of vodka when he was 13 on Instagram. I mean I feel like that’s worse than smoking in a park as well as your mom hiring a private investigator to follow you around & hoping you’ll screw up big time.

  11. Lizzie McGuire says:

    Madonna & disciplinary rules? Really? She got her kid to go on her tour by giving him a job sureee. Look kids his age do that all the time, is it ok? Not really but the more you tell them no at that age the more they’ll do it to piss you off. It doesn’t make Ritchie a bad parent, he does need to send that kid to school if the rumors about that are true. What Madonna can do is work something off, have Rocco for the summer or holidays things like that. Rocco doesn’t want to live with her & he’s not changing his mind. She can’t force him to do this, hire a private investigator & think he’ll come back to live with her. It’s just proving to him that she’s going to keep trying to manipulate his life.

  12. Cindy says:

    The private investigator is just a tad creepy. Skateboarding and smoking pot? Does Madonna even remember her own rebellion?

  13. Talie says:

    She should just let him go. He’ll come back to her eventually, but not if there’s a war.

  14. Bonnie says:

    Madonna, STFU. Everyone is over you. Even your own kids.

  15. Decorative Item says:

    Her son should be told that he can live with whomever he wants but if he doesn’t go to school then he has to get a job. It won’t be long before his friends are moving on with their lives and he is left behind without the choices and options they have because they finished high school.
    I understand that he will always have loads more options than most people but he will not have the option of living up to his full potential without a proper education. Knowledge is power and higher education is the best gift you can give yourself.

  16. Jag says:

    I agree with those who have said that Madonna is being a bit much, but that the father needs to step up and be a parent.

    I think the biggest mistake that Madonna is making is going to the press about all of this. So she hired a private investigator to see what her son is doing while living with his father – big deal. She can’t be there, and that’s the next best thing. The big error, though, is telling anyone but the court about it.

    She should have just remained quiet and then presented her case in court. Spilling his every transgression to public opinion isn’t a way to keep his trust.

    • Pinky says:

      Maybe spilling it to the press is her way of getting Guy to step up and parent and get the kid in school, since Guy will think he’s being watched? He sounds like a sociopathic, misogynistic dick, so this might be the only way to deal with his raging ego. Who knows?


    • Em says:

      I don’t think this was Madonna spilling. Why spill something like this that does nothing to help your cause. This sounds like the other side is spilling it or it’s just plain not true. Either way I think the big issue is being missed. If Madonna and Guy Ritchie are both running around trying to play good cop/bad cop who is actually raising the child? If Rocco was able to take care of himself and was such an adult, he would be taking care of himself but he is not. He is a teenage boy who still needs guidance. Who’s giving it to him because it seems like both Madonna and Guy are more focused on their own little war than on their son.

  17. Size Does Matter says:

    Isn’t a private investigator supposed to be, you know, private? Fight it in court, not public opinion.

  18. anne_000 says:

    Would a non-residential custodial parent be allowed to register a child at a school in a different country and would the school accept the student knowing the legal situation? Wouldn’t that school be criticized for accepting a student who may not have legal residential status because he’s still under a custody order to be with the other parent in a different country?

    Anyhoo, Madonna needs to give up residential custody, make it legal with the provision that Rocco be registered or home-schooled. After all, he wasn’t going to school when he was working on her tour for months. And who knows for sure she had a tutor for him? All I’ve read about is that the person she fired was Rocco’s manny.

    It’s ironic that she’s pushing #RebelHeart at every turn, yet her son isn’t allowed to be a rebel against her? #RebelHeartOnlySometimesAndOnlyUnderNarrowConditions

    • Goldie says:

      If Madonna and Guy share joint legal custody of Rocco, I believe Guy could enroll him in school. Rocco has British citizenship and his father lives in England. I don’t see why an English school wouldn’t accept him.

      • Jwoolman says:

        Since Madonna is dragging this all into court and he has been ordered to appear in front of the U.S. judge, he may be in more of a legal limbo than if she just tried to work out a reasonable set of conditions with his dad for Rocco switching to his dad’s home as his primary residence. I had heard he was being homeschooled at Guy’s, I assume that means he has a tutor. If he doesn’t want another private school, he could mix with the masses in a non-private school once his residency is established.

      • anne_000 says:

        @ Jwoolman

        I think you’ve used the right term for this: legal limbo.

        @ Goldie

        Because Guy doesn’t have residential custody of Rocco. Having joint custody is different from having residential custody, I think.

        Also, because this case has become so public, now all the schools know that Rocco isn’t supposed to be living in the UK right now, but back in NYC and that he’s disobeyed a court order to return to the US.

        And like Jwoolman said, Rocco’s residency in the UK is in legal limbo.

      • Bridget says:

        Then file for an emergency hearing to get the boy enrolled in school. The court is going to want a 15 year old to be in school if possible. Or better yet, if keeping your kid is in such legal limbo that you can’t even enroll him in school, actually co-parent and send him back to the parent that has legal custody and figure it out then.

  19. Deanne says:

    In regards to the school thing, it’s been reported that he hates the atmosphere of his elite, private school. Not every kid thrives in that kind of environment and he can be home schooled or go elsewhere. It isn’t all or nothng. Teenagers rebel. It’s a fact. Crushing him with discipline isn’t going to make things better. I can’t imagine what it would be like to be 15 1/2 and being dragged from city to city with my narcissistic, grill wearing, desperate for attention, Mother. Madonna is all about herself and what she wants. Plus she hates his Dad. I don’t think any of this has to do with Rocco’s well being. Lourdes smoked and has been pictured drinkng under age, all while under Madonna’s supposedly superior parenting, so her claims of worry ring pretty false. Narcissistic Mothers always put their wants in front of the needs of their children and Madonna is certainly doing that now. Guy Richie isn’t exactly my favourite person, but Rocco’s old enough to decide which parent he wants to live with.

    • Bridget says:

      Exactly what kind of school do you think Guy would have him in otherwise?

      • Elizabeth says:

        “I am anti-school,” the Man From U.N.C.L.E. director told Details in 2011. “And I am anti people putting so much pressure on kids and robbing their childhood by giving them so much homework. I think if kids want to arse around, then they should.”

        Part of this may come from the fact that Ritchie is severely dyslexic and has said quite openly that being labeled stupid and shuffled around private schools as a child is responsible for his negative attitude toward formal education. Guy is most likely homeschooling Rocco while Madonna wants him in school or with a tutor preparing for high school exams in May.

  20. Lisa says:

    I can’t stand her (used to be a big fan , way back), but as the parent of a 15 year old boy, I would be furious if he is indeed, not going to school. She and Guy need to grow up and work to parent this kid.

  21. Original Kay says:

    Creepy stalker paparazzi pictures. They really should not be allowed to photograph minors without permission. He didn’t even know he was being photographed. Just, no

    As for Madonnna, well it’s all been said before. No one is coming out ahead in this situation, least of all Rocco.

  22. Bridget says:

    Rebellious 15 year old refuses to go home to ‘disciplarian’ parent and instead stays with ‘fun’ dad, hasn’t even been back to school in 3 months and is spending his days hanging out in a skate park, and we still blame Madonna? It’s so clear that the main issue is Guy and his lack of parenting, and his lack of any co-parenting as well.

    • PennyLane says:

      Exactly. Everyone is saying what a terrible parent Madonna is but what about this guy wanting to hang out and be besties with his teenage kid and not making him go to school? It’s totally inappropriate and as equally way off base as Madonna’s control freak tendencies.

      News flash: If you prioritize being your child’s friend and hanging out with them over actually acting like a parent, you are a HORRIBLE parent.

    • Kate says:

      Thank you. I don’t think many of these commenters actually have kids. He’s 15, hasn’t been to school in 3 months and was photographed smoking weed in a skate park……umm, “tightening the reigns” is exactly what needs to happen. And I would absolutely hire a private investigator to see what was happening with my kid under his dad’s watch if the dad was absolutely unwilling to institute any rules whatsoever. THe kid’s future is at stake.

  23. serena says:

    Well anyway he should go to school, wheter he wants or not.

  24. Micki says:

    Unless he shows some undiscovered talent I think that Roco is on the best way to become a D-list celeb, livin off his parents’ money.

    • anne_000 says:

      I have a feeling that if Rocco were so inclined, Guy would encourage him to work behind the camera (asst director, editor, amateur filmmaker, etc.). There are film schools in London he could go to.

      I have a feeling that Guy isn’t the type of man who would tolerate his son not having a job.

      • Bridget says:

        Because of Guy’s working class roots? Because of insistence on pulling himself up by his boot straps? Oh wait. Guy had rich parents and was all too happy to use Madonna’s connections while they were married.

      • Micki says:

        I don’t know, honestly. In such cases only time shows what personal strenght one has. But I can’t name off the top of my head many celeb children that can live on their own earned money. Probably the Jenner offspring. My opinion on the whole clan is a bit different from the popular CB one .
        Anyway I can’t fault Madonna because she wants basic education for her children.
        Guy may offer a Job behind camera (wasn’t a side Job what Madonna offered?) but whether Roco will stick to it is another matter.
        One thing you learn at school is to deliver regularly, no ifs and no buts. This is the basis of your future work ethic (I leave on purpose all the rest)
        What do you think will bring Roco to work (whatever) if there is only vague expectation to do so?

  25. Jess says:

    Ack! All this does is stress me out about what’s going to happen in the next few years with my 12 year old son (and then his little sister right behind him). The teenage years seem so scary as a parent!

    • Emily C. says:

      Most teenagers are actually not a problem if their parents are decent. They eat a lot and sleep a lot. There’s going to be sulking and arguments, but that’s hardly the disaster a lot of parents make it out to be. Celebrity kids seem to have it worse — “poor little rich kid” syndrome.

  26. Jaded says:

    Pardon the jacking, but Madonna always appropriates stuff (she’s the very antithesis of original). Now she’s appropriated one of my favourite all-time movie lines spoken by a young Lauren Bacall to her co-star (and later husband) Humphrey Bogart in To Have and To Have Not – “You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and… blow.”

    Way to cheapen it for your utterly self-serving IG addiction you cow.

  27. Tig says:

    Guy Ritchie needs to have his head examined pronto. He seems to be so giddy over the prospect of sticking it to his ex that he’s forgetting the possible collateral damage- his son. What mom/step is going to want a pot smoking 15 yr old and his friends( and face it- that age group is all about their friends) around three little kids? So it maybe Guy’s missus puts the kibosh on some of this. My $$ is on him being sent to a boarding school till he can be emancipated under British law. Madonna’s fears are justified, but good luck to her. And to Rocco especially.

  28. Brasileira says:

    Ah…. now, THAT will change Rocco’s opinion of his mother. Very well played, Madonna!

  29. Pandy says:

    I’m sure a teenage boy would want to live with his dad for a while?. Maybe he’s taking the semester off or is being home schooled? Travelling the world on Madge’s latest tour is not a particularly stable lifestyle either. i imagine he was tutored then as well. And likely had plenty of access to pot and other recreational drugs. At some point, you’d have to put your needs aside and see what your child needs, i would think? i don’t have kids, but I would imagine that’s what (divorced) parents have to deal with, as irritating as that scenario likely is. Ensure they are attending school, go to the parent/teacher conferences and cross your fingers they turn out alright?

  30. Emily C. says:

    Here is what I think has happened:

    Madonna’s father was ridiculously strict. (This is fact, and not from gossip sites.) Horribly controlling, to a level of being abusive and notorious in the town for what a terrible father he was. It caused her to run totally wild. She got into some really rough situations, and I’m sure I haven’t heard the half of them.

    That abusive hyper-control that caused her to escape however she could was all she knew, and I think she decided she would never be like that. Hence allowing her kids to drink and smoke, so long as she knew about it. But while trying not to be too strict, she went too far in the other direction, and only realized it recently with Rocco. I think Lourdes had a mellower temperament, but Rocco needs more structure. Now he’s not used to any sort of discipline, Madonna tried to impose discipline, and he went running to his father, who is even more permissive than Madonna was. And now Madonna, who has no frame of reference from her own parents on how to handle something like this rationally, is panicking.

    • yvrgirl says:

      Don’t fool yourself, Madonna lived the most promiscuous, crazy life any of us could ever imagine, times 100! She lived with druggy artists who eventually overdosed and slept her way up the ladder to success. No, I’m not judging, I’m just saying she has no right to come down so hard on her son who appears to be rebelling in a rather tame way compared to her own upbringing. She is nothing but the most sanctimonious, hypocritical mom I can ever imagine.

  31. Rebecca says:

    I would agree with you that she is going to far if it weren’t for the “not enrolled in school” part of this story. If that’s true, she has every right to do what is necessary to get her son back in school. How can any child make an independent life for themselves without education? If Mr. Ritchie is keeping him out of school, then he does not deserve to have custody.