Photo of Madonna's teenage son holding liquor bottle sparks controversy

By Marie Blake,

After posting an image of her 13-year-old son, Rocco Ritchie, holding a bottle of alcohol, Madonna received a lot of negative comments about the image she is giving about her son.

Madonna posted the photo via her Instagram, and received thousands of comments in less than a day, E! News reports.

"Might be having fun and all but seriously he's a kid 13. Don't post pics that promote as bad image," one user commented. "You gotta know what kind of signals it sends not only to her son, but also to kids around the world," another user said.

Some fans even came to the singer's defense, writing, "Rocco is adorable and I think it's really cool that Madonna, and her family, post any pics. Madonna may be a worldwide icon, but she is human like the rest of us."

Philly.com reports that Madonna was vacationing for the New Year when the picture was taken.

Madonna posted a caption defending the picture.

"No one was drinking we were just having fun! Calm down and get a sense of humor!" Madonna wrote. "Don't start the year off with judgement!"

Ritchie appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2012 and spoke about his mother's discipline.

"She's a good mother. Yes. That's all I have to say," Ritchie said. "She's very strict, but in a good way."

It is unclear whether the kids were drinking, or just posing for a picture.

Image: ABC

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