Madonna’s eldest daughter Lourdes Leon revealed in an interview that her famous mom is a strict parent.
The 24-year-old model told her mom’s BFF Debi Mazar for Interview Magazine “I think my mom saw all these other kids of famous people, and she was like, ‘My kids are not going to be like this,'” Leon said. “Also, I feel like if your parents pay for things, then it gives them leverage over you. My mom is such a control freak, and she has controlled me my whole life. I needed to be completely independent from her as soon as I graduated high school.”
Leon is Madonna’s firstborn daughter with ex Carlos Leon. In an interview with Vogue she said that she paid her own college tuition. She also said that she would like to one day earn a living based off of other talents, and not just her beauty.
“My mom is very insistent on making me think about what I want to be known for beyond my looks,” Leon said. “That’s not what I want people to remember me by. It’s not real.”
However, she noted that for now, “Financially, modeling is a smart decision. I enjoy being very hands on with the campaigns I do, so that I’m not just modeling, per se. I dance, I have a very specific sense of style, and I’m interested in aesthetics, so I like to incorporate all those parts of myself into my projects,” she added, contemplating her goals. “I don’t know how I feel about acting yet.”
Speaking about one of the reasons she doesn’t see herself on the big screen is because “actors really annoy me and I can’t be around them.”
“As for music, I can sing,” she then recognized, but admitted, “I just don’t care about it. Maybe it’s too close to home.”
Leon has come to admire her mom’s work ethic, especially “how empowering to other women and ahead of her time she has always been,” she told Interview.
“I didn’t fully comprehend that until I realized the importance of empowerment and what it means to be a woman,” she explained. “She’s probably the hardest worker I’ve ever seen. I didn’t inherit that, unfortunately. I inherited her control issues, but not her work ethic!”
Madonna is also mom to Rocco, 21, David, 15, Mercy, 15, and 9-year-old twins Estere and Stella.
Meanwhile, Madonna wished Lourdes Leon on her birthday today in an Instagram post.
“Since the day you arrived on this earth you have been giving all who come into your orbit a little show. 🧨🧨🧨 You are a stick of dynamite wrapped up in a melting
Happy Birthday to my Rebel Princess!! The World is not big enough to contain the LOVE I have for you! #lola #lavieenrose” she wrote.
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