Madonna Addresses 'Challenging Times' in Teary Speech During Mexico City Concert
In the midst of a custody battle over her son with ex-husband Guy Ritchie that doesn't seem to be ending any time soon, Madonna took the stage in Mexico City on Jan. 6 and delivered a candid speech about the difficult times she's going through.
"We all go through challenging times in our life, and that includes me," Madonna began [h/t ONTD]. "I, too, go through challenging times in my life, and right now is one of them. Sometimes I think I can't do a show. I don't have the energy, I don't have the strength," she continued, her voice faltering. Madonna paused to wipe away a tear while the audience cheered their support and chanted her name. "I come out here tonight and I can see your faces, and I look into your eyes and I see so much love and it gives me strength. So thank you. You are rebel hearts. I feel your hearts beating with mine."
While she didn't specifically mention her son Rocco or Ritchie, it's likely Madge is referring to the international custody dispute that began when her son Rocco when to Great Britain to spend Christmas with his father. While a U.S. judge ordered the 15-year-old's return to New York, British courts disagreed. Both sides are reportedly lawyering up.
You can watch Madonna's speech below.