Madonna won’t be home alone for the holidays, at least.
Her son, Rocco, had wanted to stay in London for Christmas with his British dad, Guy Ritchie, but a judge ordered Wednesday that he return to the U.S. and granted the pop star’s legal request to be reunited with the 15-year-old teen.
Madonna is currently embroiled in a custody battle with ex-husband Ritchie, who she was married to from 2000 to 2008, and with whom she co-parents Rocco and adopted son David, 10. The singer is also mother to daughter Lourdes (now 19) from another relationship and adopted daughter, Mercy.
Rocco is said to be tired of traveling with the Grammy-winning singer on her Rebel Heart tour, according to the New York Post, and wants to settle down in the U.K. with his dad, who is now remarried with three children. The teen has reportedly refused to board a plane bound to the U.S.
“He has expressed very clearly that he does not want to return to New York,” Ritchie’s attorney Eric Buckley told Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Deborah Kaplan when she ordered him to come home to his mother.
Rocco has his own lawyer in the U.K., but the judge said he must also have a court-appointed attorney in the New York custody case. Madonna has argued that the dispute belongs in New York, where she lives, and where the divorce agreement was registered in 2009.
Neither Madonna nor Ritchie is allowed to discuss the case with their son, according to the legal ruling. However, the “Material Girl” singer was in court Wednesday, accompanied by an assistant.