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Madonna Over An Hour Late At NZ Show, Following Emotional Tribute To Her Estranged Son

The latest show on Madonna‘s world tour kicked off an hour and a half late on Sunday evening.

The legendary performer reportedly kept crowds waiting at the second Auckland show of her Rebel Heart world tour, after it was revealed earlier on Sunday that the pop goddess had all but conceded defeat in the battle for custody over her estranged 15-year-old son Rocco Ciccone-Ritche, with ex-husband Guy Ritchie.

The court battle has been raging since Rocco made the decision to live with his father late last year and refused to return to New York with Madonna. It had been made abundantly clear the toll that the proceedings had taken on the singer after she broke down on stage the evening prior. Through tears Madonna emotionally dedicated her song La Vie en Rose to Rocco, declaring “There is no lover stronger than a mother for her son”.

“If I talk about him too much, I’m going to cry. But I would love to dedicate this song to him. It’s a love song for a man, but I know he’ll need one, one day,” the singer added, through tears. TMZ published a video of Madonna’s song dedicated to her son, which is available to view, below.

On Sunday night fans in the audience took to social media while they were forced to wait, voicing their frustrations with the unexplained delay;

When she eventually took to the stage around 10:30pm on Sunday, Madonna descended in a metal cage surrounded by various religious iconography. The queen of pop went on to hit all of her straps with a typically strong performance, boding well for the Australian leg of her tour which kicks off on Thursday with an exclusive show for Madonna’s Icon Fan Club at The Forum in Melbourne, before the first public show on Saturday at Rod Laver Arena.

Limited tickets are still available for some shows. See details below.

Rebel Heart Tour Dates

Saturday, 12th March 2016

Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

Tickets: Ticketek

Sunday, 13th March 2016

Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

Tickets: Ticketek

Wednesday, 16th March 2016

Brisbane Entertainment Centre

Tickets: Ticketek

Thursday, 17th March 2016

Brisbane Entertainment Centre

Tickets: Ticketek

Saturday, 19th March 2016

Allphones Arena, Sydney

Tickets: Ticketek

Sunday, 20th March 2016

Allphones Arena, Sydney

Tickets: Ticketek

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