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Members of Madonna’s ritzy Upper West Side co-op want a Manhattan judge to force the Material Girl to play by the rules.
The pop star sued the board of the Harperley Hall co-op at West 64th Street and Central Park West in April for trying to enforce a rule that requires her to be “in residence” at the $7.3 million pad when any members of her family or staff are staying there.
“Plaintiff is a world-renowned recording artist, performer and singer who is constantly on world tours,” her Madgesty huffs in court papers.
“As such, plaintiff owns many residences around the world and travels extensively worldwide,” her Manhattan civil suit says.
The toned-down version of Madge’s favorite catchphrase, “B—h, I’m Madonna,” didn’t go over well with the board.
Madonna cannot “credibly claim she was treated any differently from every other shareholder,” the building’s lawyer, Patrick Sweeney, says in court papers asking a judge to toss the suit.
Indeed, the building rules don’t mean that her kids will have no place to go while their mom is out of town.
Her primary Manhattan residence is a $32.5 million, triple-wide town house on East 81st Street.
Madonna, 57, bought the seventh-floor unit that’s the subject of the suit in 2008. She lived at the co-op when she was married to Sean Penn.
The “Like a Virgin” singer has four children — teenagers Rocco and Lourdes and adopted 10-year-olds David Banda and Mercy James.
Sweeney also says that Madonna waited too long to sue — two years after the building-wide rule was enacted.
Madonna says she wasn’t aware of the new rule until November 2015. But that date “is still more than four months before she commenced this action,” Sweeney says about the filing deadline.
An attorney for Madonna did not return a message seeking comment.
via Raising Malawi
Madonna and Lola’s Material Girl brand unveiled today their fall marketing campaign featuring their first first ever Fashion Director, Pia Mia. The recording artist and fashion trendsetter also stars in an original StyleHaul docuseries launching today, which follows Pia’s journey as a Material Girl, both personally and professionally. The fall collection was styled by Pia Mia and shot at the iconic Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo. It will be available this week exclusively at Macy’s and macys.com to celebrate the back to school shopping season.
“Pia Mia embodies the true spirit of a material girl – she isn’t afraid to take risks with fashion and has a look all her own,” stated Madonna. “I’m excited for Material Girl fans around the world to see Pia’s influence on the collection.” she continued.
Commenting on the partnership, Pia Mia stated, “I am thrilled and humbled to have been selected by Madonna to be a part of Material Girl. To be associated with the icon and legend that she is, is a true honor.” “Working with Material Girl has been an opportunity to be involved in all aspects of the line – helping to formulate a direction, a vibe, to have my voice heard, and my vision seen – I love working with Material Girl, with the creative people involved, and to be a part of something Madonna created,” Pia Mia continued.
The Material Girl collection is available exclusively at Macy’s and on macys.com in the United States. To stay up to date with the latest news from Material Girl, follow @MaterialGirl on Instagram and Twitter and Like Material Girl on Facebook at www.facebook.com/materialgirlcollection
Madonna’s 1994 album “Bedtime Stories”, featuring her classic hits Secret, Take A Bow, Human Nature and Bedtime Story, will finally be available on vinyl! Rhino / Warner will release it on August 16th in the United States (Amazon pre-order) and on August 19th in the UK (pre-order).
Re-issues of Like A Prayer (release date: July 19th pre-order here) and Ray Of Light (release date: September 13th pre-order here) will also be available soon, but in the US only.
Rhino already re-issued original editions of her first three albums this year: Madonna a.k.a. The First Album (order here), Like A Virgin (order here) and True Blue (order now).
The father of Madonna’s adopted son has healed his rift with the superstar, MailOnline can reveal.
‘There was a rift and it has now been healed.’
Madonna took son Rocco, daughter Lourdes and adopted daughter Mercy to David’s home village of Lipunga, close to Malawi’s border with Zambia to see his family and receive his tribal name.
Yohane said any tension disappeared as soon as he clapped eyes on his son whom he had not seen since he gave him up for adoption at 13 months in 2006 when his mother died.
‘I am extremely positive about Madonna. I can do nothing but praise her,’ he told MailOnline.
‘I am happy. As far as I am concerned, I was told by Madonna that the boy will come back to me once he has been educated.
‘Nothing has changed in that respect. David was allowed to come here and explore, he said he would come regularly to the village.
‘It is encouraging, and it is what I have known all along, even though everyone else told me he wouldn’t come back.’
For Yohane, it put his mind at rest to see the ‘happy and harmonious’ family up close for the first time since Madonna, 57, was fighting film director Ritchie over whether Rocco, 15, should live in London or New York.
‘They were a joyful, happy family,’ he added. ‘They were very close.’
The brothers, who are said to be particularly close, were both given traditional names. David was named Sezangakhona and Rocco, Zwangendawa.
Mercy, meanwhile, had not forgotten the language of her birth and was playing with the children in the village.
Madonna in Malawi on Sunday visited the construction of a children’s wing at a hospital that her charity is funding in this southern African country’s largest city, Blantyre.
The pop star has been in Malawi for a week and is to meet President Peter Mutharika and health minister Peter Kumpalume. Madonna went to visit Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital to view the pediatric unit where construction started in May 2015 and which is expected to open in early 2017.
“This new facility is the first pediatric surgery and intensive care unit in any Malawi hospital. It will have an enormous impact on saving the lives of children,” said Madonna, in a statement to The Associated Press. “In addition to raising the quality and availability of health care, we are also preparing for the future by training more Malawian medical staff in specialized pediatric care.”
Answering questions from the press, Madonna said that she does not yet have a name for the new children’s wing.
“We don’t have a name,” she said, “but we have a building and we have dreams and they are going to be manifested very soon.”
Madonna is accompanied by her two children adopted from Malawi, David and Mercy, and her son Rocco. Madonna said she will continue to work to get the unit the staff and equipment needed.
“It’s going to be my responsibility to make sure that this place has the equipment and is fully operational on a regular basis,” she said. “So I have a big job ahead of me. Wish me luck.”
Asked if she has any more projects for Malawi, she said: “I would like to do one thing really well than many things half-assed, as they say in America.”
The children’s unit will include Malawi’s first pediatric intensive care unit, three operating rooms dedicated to children’s surgery, a day clinic and a 50-bed ward. It will enable Queen Elizabeth hospital to double the number of surgeries for children and will provide critical pre-operative and post-operative care.
Raising Malawi was founded in 2006 by Madonna to address the poverty and hardship endured by Malawi’s orphans and vulnerable children. Raising Malawi partners with local organizations to provide Malawian children and their caregivers with critical resources including education and medical care.