24/01/2014 07:35 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

VIDEO: Madonna Celebrates Adopted Daughter Mercy James' 8th Birthday

Madonna treated fans to a peek of her family life by posting pictures from her daughter Mercy James' eighth birthday on Instagram.

She may be the daughter of the Queen of Pop but Mercy's celebrations were refreshingly down-to-earth - involving cake, candles and family time.

Madonna, 55, posted a shot of Mercy blowing out the candles on her birthday cake with the caption: "Happy Birthday Mercy James ! 8 is Great! #love 4 ever"

The mum-of-four followed that up with a picture of Mercy smiling as she relaxes with big sister Lourdes, along with the caption: "Mercy James gets birthday love from her sister! #revolutionoflove'"

These family photos were a welcome change from Madonna's more controversial postings of late, which include a photo of her 13-year-old son Rocco boxing along with the caption:
"No one messes with Dirty Soap! Mama said knock you out! #disnigga"

Madonna swiftly deleted the post after receiving a tide of online disapproval and went on to post the following apology on Facebook: "I am sorry if I offended anyone with my use of the N word on Instagram. It was not meant as a racial slur.. I am not a racist. There's no way to defend the use of the word. It was all about intention.. It was used as a term of endearment toward my son who is white. I appreciate that it's a provocative word and I apologize if it gave people the wrong impression. Forgive me."

This social media trip came just weeks after Madonna shared an image of Rocco posing with a bottle of gin.

Watch the video above to see some of Madonna's recent Instagram postings.

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