It was Madonna as they'd never seen her.
While performing on stage in Melbourne during the Australian leg of her Rebel Heart Tour this weekend, she had what many media outlets are calling a "meltdown" in the middle of her March 13 concert as her bitter custody battle with ex-husband Guy Ritchie over son Rocco rages on.
She not only fell off a tricycle and told fans she'd "messed up" her songs, but begged for sex and swigged tequila from a fan's flask before pleading, "Somebody take care of me, please. Who is going to take care of me?" reports Britain's The Sun and Daily Mail newspapers as well as the MailOnline.
She also reportedly told the crowd, "If I have learned one thing in my life, it's just to go with it. If you just laugh it doesn't hurt as much."
Madonna also dedicated a song to her estranged son, 15, and had one of his childhood photos projected on stage -- something she also did a week earlier as she and ex Guy Ritchie prepared to head to court again.
"Being cut out of Rocco's life has hit Madonna hard and it's clear she blames Guy," a source told The Sun.
Last week, page Six reported that Madonna, 57, and Guy, 47, were close to a deal to decide how much time Rocco -- who's been with his dad in London since December -- will spend in Britain with his dad vs. in New York City with her.
"She's basically accepted she's not getting Rocco back," an insider told Page Six. "But she's holding out to get him back for one weekend per month."
According to another report in Britain's Mail On Sunday, Madonna privately conceded defeat in the days before she and Guy's attorneys again met in court, this time in London, to try to hash out a deal. She told friends she'd "lost the battle," the Mail On Sunday reported.
On March 13, The Mail On Sunday also alleged that Guy's lawyers have asked Madonna to pay for the director's legal fees in the fight over Rocco -- and that Madge is "outraged" over the demand.
"It's a lawsuit Guy instigated and now wants Madonna to pay," a source told The Mail On Sunday. "Madonna says she gave him [$72 million dollars] and an estate in Wiltshire when they divorced and she thinks that is quite enough. She can't believe he is cheeky enough to ask her for the money.
"It is simply illogical to expect her to pay towards lawyers who want to have her son taken away from her," the source added.
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