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Madonna said moving the kids to the U.S.

January 30, 2009

PEOPLE-MADONNAU.S. pop star Madonna has won a bid to move her children to the United States from Britain, ending a battle in her brutal divorce with British director Guy Ritchie, London’s Evening Standard newspaper reported on Friday.

The paper reported that Ritchie had wanted the couple’s biological son Rocco, 8, to be educated in Britain, but that Madonna’s lawyers argued he should not be split up from his siblings, Lourdes, 12, Madonna’s daughter from a previous relationship, and David, 3, who was adopted from an orphanage in Malawi.

“Everything is going to be resolved in the next couple of weeks. Everything is going well. It’s pretty amicable at the moment. Things are progressing,” a source close to the negotiations told the Evening Standard.

Liz Rosenberg, Madonna’s longtime spokeswoman in New York, declined to comment on the report.

Madonna and Ritchie announced their split in October, nearly eight years after their wedding at FILM-CANNES/Skibo Castle in Scotland, and were granted a “quickie” divorce in November.

Ritchie is a British film director who is making Hollywood blockbuster “Sherlock Holmes” starring Robert Downey Jr. as the Victorian-era super sleuth.

The couple’s combined wealth has been estimated at about $525 million, but Madonna accounts for most of it.


Don’t know why women seem to be granted children in a divorce most of the time. Can guarantee, in this case however, both Madonna and Guy R. are terrific parents. Don’t know why judges think it’s best to allow the mother primary custody. Why can’t all the kids go to the father? Suppose it’s related to finances… and in this case, Madonna’s got the bucks….. let’s hope the kids adjust through all the mayhem and publicity…

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“Ritchie had wanted the couple’s biological son Rocco, 8, to be educated in Britain.” Now that’s telling. Favor one kid but not the other two??

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