With both his parents presently straddling two continents, Rocco Richie is perhaps experiencing teenage anger tantrums only his dad can understand, and that’s probably the reason he’s insisting on living with his movie director dad at the moment, who is ensconced in London. At the moment, Rocco lives with his superstar mom in New York.
Rocco, who turned 16 in August, could have discovered the lifestyle associated with his dad more tolerable after getting upset while on tour with his mom, where he labored backstage. And since it took nine months to hammer a divorce agreement between his famous parents, Rocco still suspects more unusual issues could still be at play between Madonna and Guy Ritchie, who has since remarried and lives in London with wife Jacqui Ainsley and their three children.
Named Rocco John Ritchie when he was born on August 11, 2000, and a few months before his parent’s wedding at Skibo Castle in Scotland, he joined big sister Lourdes Leon, Madonna’s daughter with previous husband Carlos Leon.
When Madonna was pregnant with Rocco, she raised eye-brows when she told a Los Angeles Radio station, just days before his birth that she preferred giving birth in U.S hospitals, as she found UK hospitals “old and Victorian.” Lourdes was also born in an LA hospital.
In 1996, after Lourdes was born, Madonna started studying Kabbalah, which is an ancient Jewish Hasidic tradition of studying the Bible. And although she kept this newfound faith under wraps, her celebrity status helped propel the faith to new heights of appreciation among other celebrities.
Despite raising criticism and subtle comments among her myriad fans, in 2013, while said that studying spiritualism and Kaballah helped her connect with God and understanding secrets of the universe make her a better person.
Madonna credits motherhood for being the biggest turning point in her life. I
n an excerpt of her diaries published in Vanity Fair after Lourdes was born, she wrote, “I was stunned when I saw on the ultrasound a tiny, living creature, spinning around in my womb,” she wrote. “Tap-dancing, I think, waving its tiny arms around and trying to suck its thumb.” She claims she heard the child laughing in her womb.
While appearing on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Madonna, whose mother died when she was 5, told Oprah that motherhood would heal a lot of pain she experienced while growing up without a mother.
It still remains to be seen if Rocco’s obsession with his dad is a teenager’s impulse or an underlying urge that could have permanent ramifications as he approaches middle age.