How Madonna and Estranged Son Rocco Are Reconnecting in London

Madonna and Rocco Reconnecting in London
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04/20/2016 AT 07:35 PM EDT

Madonna sure knows how to quell a rebel heart.

While still in the midst of an ongoing custody battle with ex-Guy Ritchie, Madonna and her estranged son Rocco, 15, have been mending their strained relationship in London for the past few weeks, and the emphasis has been purely on fun.

Along with visiting the Electric Cinema in Notting Hill to watch a screening of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Madonna reportedly allowed Rocco to invite pals over to her London home.

On a recent, eventful weekend, Madonna took Rocco to see a Saturday night performance of edgy Soho show You Me Bum Bum Train and followed up on Sunday with dinner at one of London's coolest hangouts, the Chiltern Firehouse.



Mid-meal, the Material Girl Instagrammed a picture of herself enjoying the night, cocktail in hand, writing: "Kisses from the Firehouse Tower @chilternfirehouse."

Kisses from the Firehouse Tower @chilternfirehouse

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Most recently, the pair visited the "Strange and Familiar" photography exhibit at London's Barbican arts centre on Monday. As with many of their outings, Rocco had a gang of pals in tow.

Free of her touring obligations, Madonna seems to be heeding the advice of British High Court judge Justice MacDonald, who urged her and Ritchie, "to seek, and to find an amicable resolution" at the conclusion of their English legal case in April.

"It would be a very great tragedy for Rocco," MacDonald added "if any more of the precious and fast receding days of his childhood were to be taken up by this dispute."

The custody battle has raged on both sides of the Atlantic since December, when Rocco refused to return to New York after spending some time with his dad in the British capital.

Other than a recent vacation in The Maldives with Ritchie and his wife, model Jacqui Ainsley, Rocco has remained in London, while Madonna has sought to force his return through the courts.

Madonna v. Guy Ritchie: Timeline of Their Custody Battle



This all changed at the conclusion of Madonna's "Rebel Heart" tour in March. The singer flew to London on April 7 and has since made a determined effort to learn more about her son's London lifestyle – even visiting the skatepark where a series of tabloid photos have shown Rocco drinking alcohol and smoking suspicious looking cigarettes.

"Madonna spent a couple of hours milling about watching the skateboarders and buskers on the South Bank, but nobody noticed her," a source tells PEOPLE.

"She just strolled around, hat and glasses on with a security guard beside her. She didn't ride a skateboard but she watched them for quite a while. She seemed pretty interested in the place."

Her and Rocco's relationship isn't the only thing that has benefitted from the new approach: Ritchie has visited Madonna's home on occasion since she landed in London, spending time with his ex and their son.
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