"Soccer mom" Madonna takes to social media after losing battle over son Rocco

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Madonna has issued a defiant response after it emerged that her teenage son Rocco will continue living with his father Guy Ritchie in London.

It was announced in New York on Wednesday that the ex-couple had resolved their bitter custody dispute over the 16-year-old.

Guy Ritchie and Madonna, pictured in 2008

Madonna has now seemingly referred to the case by posting messages on Twitter and Instagram about being a mum.

The Material Girl posted a photo of herself in a black hoodie, with an image of a crown over her head and the word "b**ch" scrawled across her front.

Another posting followed:

Court spokesman Lucian Chalfen confirmed in New York that the divorced singer and film-maker had reached a settlement.

Guy Ritchie's lawyer later said that Rocco will continue to live with his father in London.

The dispute began after Rocco remained in London with his father after visiting the UK on Madonna's world tour.

Madonna, Guy Ritchie, Rocco and Lourdes in 2007

But he refused to return to the US with his mother for Christmas.

Madonna and Guy took the battle to the courts, opening litigation in New York and London.

In December a judge ruled that Rocco should return to his mother's custody, but decided not to issue a warrant to enforce the order.

Rocco has since remained in London with his father and enrolled in a school in the capital.

During a hearing in Manhattan, State Supreme Court Justice Deborah Kaplan earlier implored Madonna, 58, and Guy, 47, to settle the matter privately.

"No one is disrupting his household other than the inability of the parents to reach a resolution," Ms Kaplan said.

"If they cannot resolve this matter then eventually the court will."

Ellen Sigal, a court-appointed lawyer for Rocco, said in March that the dispute was causing the teenager stress. "It's been a very difficult time for him," she said in court.

"We hope to put an end to this as soon as possible without exposing him to more litigation, press innuendo, any of that kind of thing."

Madonna and Guy divorced in 2008. They also have a 10-year-old son David, who they adopted from Malawi.

The Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels director has now remarried, tying the knot with model Jacqui Ainsley last year.

They have three children together.