Back in the 80s and through to the mid 90s, Madonna was the ultimate symbol of rebellion, and feared by mums everywhere. But now she’s a mum herself, Madonna is apparently being punished by her own kids, some of whom, she claims, effectively don't talk to her anymore.
Revealing she bitterly regrets giving her oldest children Lourdes, 22, and Rocco, 18 phones, she says the gifts ultimately left her feeling rejected. Now she’s thinking twice about giving her younger children, David, 13, Mercy, 13, and twins Stella and Estere, 6, the devices.
‘I’m going to stick that one out for as long as possible, because I made a mistake when I gave my older children phones when they were 13,’ she told British Vogue.
‘It ended my relationship with them, really. Not completely, but it became a very, very big part of their lives.
‘They became too inundated with imagery and started to compare themselves to other people, and that’s really bad for self-growth.’
Offering some words of light criticism for her firstborn, Lourdes, Madonna indicated that her ‘insanely talented’ daughter is struggling to find her own feet in a world where she is seen only as Madonna's daughter.
‘She doesn’t have the same drive [as me],’ the pop legend tells.
‘I feel social media plagues her and makes her feel like, ‘People are going to give me things because I’m her daughter.”
‘I try to give her examples of other children of celebrities like Zoe Kravitz, for instance, who have to work through that “Oh yeah, you’re the daughter of…” — and then eventually you are taken seriously for what you do. You just have to keep going.’