Madonna was back to her attention-grabbing best last night, stepping out for her first red carpet appearance with toyboy lover Jesus Luz at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala ball.
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And it wasn’t just the arm candy that got tongues wagging. The Queen of Pop brought out her 80s side, taking the evening’s dress theme ‘The Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion’ and running with it.
Dressed in a navy blue ruched Louis Vuitton mini dress, thigh-high black boots and the black fingerless gloves of old, Madge completed her ensemble with a teal-coloured hair piece tied around a top knot.
The style chameleon’s get-up didn’t put off beau of the moment though, as 22-year-old toyboy, Jesus Luz, showed up at fashion’s most stylish annual bash, looking super suave in a slick black dinner jacket and waited attentively as the flashbulbs went into overdrive for his date.
The pair has frequently been spotted out and about in New York in recent weeks but last night was the couple’s first outing as a confirmed item and the duo couldn’t have cared less about the ensuing gossip.
Perhaps the look-at-me-I'm-fabulous display was the singer’s way of forgetting her current troubles over her attempt to adopt three-year-old Mercy James from Malawi.
The 50-year-old’s legal team laid down their evidence to a Malawian court yesterday as to why Madonna should be granted the adoption. However, the singer now faces a painstaking two-week wait after the head judge adjourned the appeal.
The chief justice will announce after that time whether or not the court will overturn the initial ruling which prevented Madonna from adopting Mercy on the grounds that she is not a resident in Malawi.
Inside sources at Malawi's Supreme Court revealed that Judge Lovemore Munlo is likely to dismiss the appeal out of hand.
Madonna hit a further stumbling block last week when Mercy's father, James Kambewa, began a bid for full custody.
Mr Kambewa has never actually met his daughter and has apparently failed to gain support from Mercy's maternal side of the family. However, he is reportedly anxious to save his daughter from a life of 'scandal' with a potential mother who, he says, lacks 'good morals'.
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