Madonna wants to 'heal wounds' of bitter custody battle

Guy Ritchie and Madonna have been battling over access to their son. Credit: Ian West / PA Wire/PA Images

Madonna wants to "heal the wounds" caused by a bitter custody battle over her 15-year-old son, a judge has been told.

A lawyer for the pop singer told Mr Justice MacDonald that she does not want legal proceedings "to continue any longer than necessary" at a private hearing in the Family Division of the High Court.

Similar hearings have also taken place in New York following the launch of family court litigation in the United States.

Mr Williams said Madonna had another six concert dates and would return home to New York in the near future.

He added: "She really very much hopes that the family can get back together in New York over the Easter vacation and start the process, with all of them involved, in trying to reach a resolution to this problem."

Rocco Ritchie is currently living with his father in England. Credit: MM / ABACA USA/PA Images

Mr Williams said Madonna did not see the problem in such "simple terms" as Rocco.

She felt the issue was "not just about Rocco" and had said other family members had been "profoundly affected" when Rocco and Mr Ritchie decided that the youngster would stay in London late last year.

The judge said he had to decide whether the proceedings launched by Madonna in England should end - or whether he should make decisions on Rocco's welfare.

He finished hearing evidence today and is expected to deliver a ruling soon.

Earlier this week when submissions were heard in court, the judge was told that Madonna could not attend because she was on tour in Australia.

The singer has appeared emotional during several recent performances and has regularly mentioned the custody dispute.