Madonna Breaks Down on Stage as She Dedicates Song to Son Rocco Amid Custody Battle

Madonna performs during her Rebel Heart Tour on Jan. 23 in Miami. Credit: Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images

Madonna broke down on stage in Auckland, New Zealand, on Friday, March 4, as she dedicated a song to her son Rocco amid a bitter custody battle with ex Guy Ritchie.

The "Living for Love" singer, 57, performed for a sold-out crowd of 12,000 people at the Vector Arena as she got emotional while dedicating “La Vie en Rose” to her 15-year-old son.

“That is my son, who I mentioned earlier,” she told the audience. “He is actually 15, and it’s true, there is no love stronger than a mother for her son.”

The songstress somberly added, “If I talk about him too much, I might cry,” as her fans cheered her on in support.

“I would like to dedicate this song to him,” she noted, with tears in her eyes. “It’s a love song for a man, but I know he’ll be one, one day. I hope he hears this somewhere and knows how much I miss him.”

Madonna has been fighting to reunite with her eldest son since early December, when he left her Rebel Heart tour to live with Ritchie, 47, in London.

A New York judge urged the exes, who divorced in 2008, to come to an agreement to end their battle out of court on Wednesday, March 2, just two days before the singer’s heartbreaking Auckland show.

“Madonna and Rocco have been talking,” a source close to the Grammy winner exclusively revealed to Us Weekly earlier this week. “They are trying to mediate themselves.”

The source added, “Rocco has been the one reaching out to Madonna. She and Guy are not on speaking terms.”

Madonna is also the mother of Lourdes, 19, and David and Mercy, both 10.

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