Three weeks ago, paparazzi snapped Madonna's 3-year-old son David happily playing in the snow with his nanny during a wintry outing to New York's Central Park. Now, the London Daily Mail says the tyke's one-on-one time with his caregiver has abruptly ended in an "I-quit-no-you're-fired" scenario.
According to the paper, the Big M was so displeased when David's nanny, said to be an Aussie named Angela, gave notice that she told her not to let the baby gate hit her on the way out.
"The rumor is that Madonna was furious that Angela was leaving and dismissed her before she had the chance to complete her full notice," says a source. "Angela was incredibly upset and very surprised because she had been told that Madonna is due to adopt a second baby from Malawi very soon."
Last week, the rippled, dewy model-dating pop icon told Malawi's Nation newspaper that she's "considering" giving David, whom she adopted from the African nation in 2006 amid much controversy, a Malawi-born brother or sister, but only "if I had the support of the Malawian people and the government."
That support probably won't be buoyed by the Mail's assertion that Madonna plans to send "a personal assistant" to Malawi next month to "select a baby" (because that's something you totally want to delegate) and take care of the red tape.
As for the reasons behind the nanny's departure, the insider posits to the paper, "All Madonna's employees work incredibly long hours, so it's no surprise that Angela had had enough. If you work for Madonna, you are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There's no such thing as a weekend."
On the plus side, staffers are probably treated to as much dairy- and sugar-free macrobiotic grub as they can stomach.
While Madonna's rep sidesteps the nanny issue by explaining to the Mail, "I do not comment on household issues," she pointedly adds, "But I can assure you that David and Madonna's other two children [Lourdes, 12, and Rocco, 8] are very well taken care of at all times."