Madonna and lover Jesus to swap vows in Kabbalah service
Madonna and her toyboy lover Jesus are planning a "commitment ceremony" in New York.
The queen of pop and Brazilian model Jesus Luz will take part in a service in front of a rabbi at the Kabbalah Centre in Manhattan.
Friends said Madonna, 50, and the 22-year-old model decided they wanted to take a new step in their relationship after her bid to adopt a Malawi orphan failed.
Jesus has already converted from Catholicism to the Kabbalah religion as a mark of his commitment to the singer.
Earlier this year he was spotted joining Madonna at the Kabbalah centre with her daughter Lourdes and David Banda, her adopted son from Malawi.
The Brazilian model has been to a series of classes since the beginning of the year to teach him about the faith, which is based on Judaism
There had been rumours the couple had split before Madonna flew out to Malawi in a bid to adopt three-year-old Mercy James.
But friends said Madonna, who adopted David Banda from the same country three years ago, returned to New York last month and has been seen at restaurants across the city with Jesus.
He was also Madonna's escort at a major fashion show in New York last week. A source said: "They are totally besotted with each other and he's really helped Madonna through this tough time.
"It wasn't that the relationship went off the boil, it was more a matter of Madonna wanting to concentrate on her adoption bid of Mercy and they wanted to keep a low profile while that became the main focus.
"Madonna was devastated when the adoption was rejected the first time but now she wants to lavish some attention on Jesus and she's keen to make sure they have a solid relationship for all the children's sakes."
Madonna first met Jesus on the set of an X-rated photo shoot for W magazine. Jesus was semi-naked and the pair were snapped kissing on a bed in a hotel room.
Though they kept their relationship on a lower profile during the adoption bid, the pair have been regularly photographed out together in New York since.
Jesus has already been accepted by the star's children Lourdes, 12, eight-year-old Rocco and David, three.
The source said: "Lourdes mocks him by calling him The Babysitter, because he is so young. She likes him, but also likes winding him up