AS heartbroken Madonna struggles with a custody battle for son Rocco, it seems she has turned to a man over 30 years her junior for comfort.
Friends claim she has been spending time with 25-year-old model Aboubakar Soumahoro, a former Harrods worker.
Pals say they were introduced by a mutual friend at a showbiz bash last November. Weeks later he visited the 57-year-old singer at her London home.
He was also at her side during the South American leg of her Rebel Heart tour.
Friends say Madge is smitten by her latest toyboy, who is from the Ivory Coast and is known to his friends as Brooklin.
One pal said: â€œThey were at a party together back in November when they got chatting, and hit it off straight away.
â€œOver the next few weeks, they got together a couple more times and she invited him over to her place, where they sat up all night talking.
â€œThe next thing we heard, he had quit his job and had gone out to meet her on tour. Itâ€™s obviously a very close friendship.â€
Madonna has always had an eye for younger men. She dated backing dancer Brahim Zaibat, 29, for around three years before they split in late 2013.
It was later reported that lyrics from her Unapologetic Bitch album referred to him â€“ â€œI know youâ€™d like it if I stayed home and cried.
“But that ainâ€™t gonna happen, hereâ€™s the reason why: When we did it, Iâ€™ll admit it, wasnâ€™t satisfied.â€
Another line boasted: â€œIâ€™m popping bottles that you canâ€™t even afford. Iâ€™m throwing parties and you wonâ€™t get in the door.â€
The song also included the line: â€œYou know you never really know how much your bulls**t cost me, but f*** you.â€
After Brahim, she was linked to another much younger man, Timor Steffens, 28.
A spokesman for Madonna declined to comment on claims of her latest relationship.
While her personal life remains Âtumultuous with the ongoing custody battle, her business affairs are looking far more positive.
This week it was confirmed that her latest tour has made her the highest-grossing singer in history, raking in Â£920million from her tours.
The latest tour sold 1,045,479 tickets for 82 performances, making more than Â£120million.
Meanwhile Madonnaâ€™s fight with ex-husband Guy Ritchie over their son Rocco, 15, is still unresolved.
The teen failed to return to his mother in New York following a Christmas break with his dad in the UK.
Madonna and Guy are now in stalemate over the boyâ€™s future, with a British judge issuing an appeal to both parents to resolve the situation amicably.
Last week a High Court judge decided to end the UK legal proceedings in order to allow a US judge to resolve the case.
Judge Alistair MacDonald wrote in his ruling: â€œIt would be a very great tragedy for Rocco if any more of the precious and fast receding days of his childhood were to be taken up by this dispute.â€ – Daily Mirror