American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman, Madonna Louise Ciccone has released a statement asking for privacy in the wake of her son Rocco Ritchie’s arrest for possession of marijuana.

The 16-year-old son of Madonna and Guy Ritchie was arrested earlier this week after he was allegedly caught with the drug in his rucksack in Primrose Hill, London, after neighbours called police when they spotted him “smoking or doing drugs” in the area.

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Now, the ‘Like a Virgin’ hitmaker, 58, has released a statement calling for “respect” and “privacy” whilst the matter is dealt with. She said: “I love my son very much. I will do whatever I can to give him the support that he needs, and I ask that you respect our privacy at this time.”

The news of Madonna’s support for her son comes after it was previously reported that Rocco had become “well-known figure” in the area and could often be seen “acting suspiciously”.