The 57-year-old singer is preparing for a custody battle over the 15 year old, who defied a court order to return to America to be with her in December in favour of staying in London with his father Guy Ritchie, and has now made a public declaration of her feelings for the teenager.
Alongside a throwback photo of herself with Rocco as a baby, she wrote on Instagram: “Tu me manqué.”
The French phrase translates as ‘I miss you’.
It was previously claimed that Rocco – and his 47-year-old father – feel he has a more “stable and loving” home life in the UK with Guy, his wife Jacqui Ainsley and their three children, Rafael, four, Rivka, three, and Levi, 19 months.
The teenager thinks his ‘Like a Virgin’ singer mother – who is also mother to Lourdes, 19, David, 10, and Mercy, 10 – is “too controlling” and doesn’t pay him any real attention.
And Guy thinks Madonna’s “stern” parenting is “counterproductive” for their son’s confidence.
An insider said: “He wants Rocco to have the confidence he lacked growing up and thinks Madonna’s stern parental style is counterproductive.The welfare of Rocco is Guy’s priority.”
Rocco left Madonna’s ‘Rebel Heart’ tour in December to be with his father and stepmother in London, and defied a court order to spend Christmas in New York with his mother.
A custody hearing is due to take place on March 2, having previously been postponed from earlier this month.