Madonna has reluctantly accepted that she is losing the battle to force her 15-year-old son Rocco to remain with her, it has been reported - despite the singer doing everything in her power to bring the teenager back.
The 57-year-old divorced Rocco's father, British film director Guy Ritchie, in 2009 and moved back to the United States.
Madonna and Mr Ritchie had adopted a child from Malawi, David Banda, together in 2006 and under the terms of their divorce – filed in New York – their two children would live with her in the US.
Mr Ritchie at the High Court in London on Thursday
A day later the case was heard in London, with Mr Ritchie fighting to try and have the case heard under UK law.
Mr Ritchie with son Rocco
The case will return to the New York courts later this month, with Madonna asked to present her list of demands. They are believed to include the condition that Mr Ritchie set aside time in the week when she and her other children – Lourdes, 19, and nine-year-old Mercy – can speak to Rocco. The Michigan-born singer wants confirmation of her right to have a say in her son's education, and reassurance about her son's whereabouts.
She wants an adult to be informed of Rocco's whereabouts when he goes out to parties, The Mail on Sunday reported, and a stipulation that Mr Ritchie provides him with "young, hip" bodyguards who can discreetly guarantee his security.
Madonna is also determined that the case continue to be heard in New York – where parents retain greater controls over their children until they are 18 – rather than in the UK where more freedoms are granted to 16-year-olds