Madonna posed for the cover of the publication and is seen sucking her thumb while lying down in a black hoodie and nearly makeup-free.
Meanwhile, her son looks like a character out of one of his dad Guy Ritchie's movies in his photo, wearing a red tank top and Army-green trousers. Love's editor-in-chief, Katie Grand, explains that the two agreed to the photo shoot when family friend and photographer Mert Alas pitched the idea to them. "The morning after Madonna’s reconciliation with Rocco, nine stunning images of Madonna arrived," Grand reveals. "They had been taken at 2 a.m. at Mert’s house in Hampstead where he and Madonna often hang out and have casual dinners."
Mert -- who recently had Kim Kardashian West pose for him in the nude
-- was not only excited to share his famous friend's Love
cover, but he was also eager to send Madonna a few birthday wishes as well. "Happy Birthday to my one and only ❤️ my inspiration , my friend and my partner in crime. Love you bad girl. @madonna #icon #love #soulmate," he captioned a pic of him with the music icon.
As for Rocco's birthday, his mother posted not one but three Instagram pics in his honor. "Happy Birthday to my First Born Son! A true Warrior with a beautiful Heart. Let the Sun shine!" she wrote. "Once my baby always my baby. Happy Sweet 16!"
Madonna tells Love magazine that she likes Instagram because it acts as a sort of diary for her. "Every day I get to share different aspects of my personality, my life, and what inspires me, what infuriates me, or what causes I want to fight for. It allows me to be mysterious, ironic, provocative or proud," she says. "I get to use it as a platform to bring attention to people or issues that I think are important. It allows me to be the curator of my life."
Rocco, Madonna's eldest son, has been living in London with his father since late last year amid a long custody battle over his living arrangements. However, Rocco and his mom reunited in New York City in June
, and have appeared to be on good terms ever since.