Madonna Dresses Up as a Sad Clown, Dedicates Emotional Performance to Rocco Ritchie Amid Custody Battle

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Madonna was one sad clown during her concert in Melbourne, Australia on Thursday night.

Performing a free show in front of 1,400 fans at the Forum Theater, the 57-year-old singer called the concert Tears of a Clown. Madonna was reportedly four hours late to start the show, which did not let out until 3 a.m.

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The bizarre performance became emotional when Madonna sang "Intervention" as images of her 15-year-old son, Rocco Ritchie, were displayed on a huge screen behind her. "I know that love will keep us together / I know the road looks lonely / And either way my baby, we'll never be the same," she sang.

Meanwhile, Madonna's ex-husband, director Guy Ritchie, was at the High Court in London for the custody battle proceedings, which began last week. Madonna did not make the hearing due to her Rebel Heart tour, but Rocco, his father and his father's new wife, Jacqui Ritchie, were present.

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Last week, a judge ruled that Rocco will continue living with Guy in London until the custody arrangements have been resolved. Madonna's son has been residing there instead of her home in New York since December, and has been enrolled in school there.

The proceedings are to resume on Friday.

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