Madonna moves to New York

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MADONNA is moving her family from London to New York to be closer to her ailing dad as he fights cancer.

The Queen Of Pop, who now lives almost permanently in the UK, has already been Stateside to see Tony Ciccone twice this year.

Her fears for his deteriorating health have forced her to uproot the family from London and plan for them to spend much more time in the US.

Her film director hubby GUY RITCHIE has been busy working in LA and she is now trying to find a new family home in New York.

A source said: “Madonna, Guy and the kids are definitely moving to New York this year.

“The deal is to spend as much time there as in London — if not more.

“Guy hasn’t been as keen on the idea but Madonna is insisting they are moving.”

Madonna’s dad has been receiving treatment for colon cancer in Leelanau County Hospital, Michigan, which is relatively close to New York.

Recent reports suggested he was making good progress — but Madge fears he is putting on a brave face to benefit family and friends.

My source told me: “Madonna’s dad is going through the mill and she wants to be there for him and to help his spirits by letting him see more of his grandchildren.

“Guy is working more and more in LA on his new TV show, a film project and a documentary.

“The move will be a big upheaval but Madonna needs to be near her dad and the support network of her closest friends.”

Madge is also cracking on with a new album, with the work split between Los Angeles and London.

She decided it would make sense to be based on the East Coast in The Big Apple, splitting the distance between her US commitments.

But she will not be selling her current New York apartment, London house or her Wiltshire estate any time soon.

She has decided the NY pad isn’t big enough for the whole family since the adoption of one-year-old Malawi tot David Banda.

I can reveal Madge has narrowed the search for a new house down to two properties.

One is a flat and the other an impressive townhouse — what they do have in common is an asking price of more than £20m.

And she has made it clear the new place is HER buy and will be in HER name — without any mention of Guy.

There’s no doubt who wears the trousers in that marriage.