Guy Ritchie has given up custody of his and Madonna's children to avoid splitting up the family, at least - temporarily. The pop superstar has won permission from a British court to move with her daughter, Lourdes, and the couple's two sons - Rocco and adopted David - to New York City from London.
But Ritchie, who wanted the children to stay in England, is now said to have stepped aside, not contesting Madonna's custody bid so the boys can be raised together and with their older sister, Lourdes, 12, whom Madonna had with Carolos Leon.
A source tells the Daily Mirror, "He has always put Rocco and David's future ahead of his own and that is why he has relented. He is adamant that he wants to keep the boys and their sister together. He does not want to tear the family apart from each other. Rocco and David will still see a lot of them.
"He is already making plans to visit the children in America and looking at the possibility of them having holidays in England."
Meanwhile, the singer has announced plans that her “Sticky & Sweet” tour will be extended two more months this summer.