‘She’s been controlling me my whole life’: Madonna’s daughter Lourdes Leon says Material Girl is ‘such a control freak’ as a parent
Lourdes Leon says her mother Madonna is “a control freak” who has been controlling her “all her life.”
The eldest daughter of the pop icon, 25, talks in an Interview Magazine piece on Thursday with Madonna’s confidante, actress Debi Mazar, about her upbringing.
“My mom is such a control freak, and she’s been controlling me all my life,” Leon told Mazar in the interview. “Once I finished high school, I had to be completely independent of her.”
The latest: Lourdes Leon, 25, says her mother Madonna, 63, is “a control freak” who’s been checking on her “all her life” in an Interview Magazine Thursday with Madonna’s longtime confidante, actress Debi Mazar, about her upbringing
The model said she gained a sense of independence from paying for her school and apartment, and elaborated on her upbringing.
“We don’t get alms in my family,” Leon said, adding that she “obviously… grew up with extreme privilege.”
She explained about Madonna’s parenting philosophy, “I think my mom saw all those other famous kids’ kids, and she said, ‘My kids won’t be like that.’ I also feel that when your parents pay for things, they influence you.’
Leon said her mother encouraged her to branch out from modeling in her career.
Luxury living: The second-generation star was spotted at the Met Gala last month
Lourdes was spotted on the catwalk in Milan last month for a Versace show
“My mom insists she make me think about what I want to be known for besides my looks,” she said. “That’s not what I want people to remind me of. It is not real.
‘Financially, modeling is a smart decision. I like to be very hands-on with the campaigns I do, so I’m not just modeling.”
She said she has an interest in dance, fashion and aesthetics, but remains undecided on an acting career.
“I don’t know how I feel about acting yet,” she told Mazar, adding that “actors really annoy me and I can’t be around them.”
Leon praised her mother’s musical talents and said she recognizes how “influential and amazing” the Vogue singer is. Madonna was caught at the MTV VMAs in NYC last month
Throwback: Madonna and Lourdes were photographed at a 2009 event in NYC
She told Mazar that although she “can sing”, she has no passion for the music business.
“I just don’t care,” she said. “Maybe it’s too close to home.”
Leon praised her mother’s musical talents, saying she recognizes how “influential and wonderful” the Vogue singer is, “and how powerful she is to other women and ahead of her time she has always been.”
She added: “I didn’t quite understand that until I realized how important empowerment is and what it means to be a woman. She’s probably the hardest worker I’ve ever seen. Unfortunately I did not inherit it. I inherited her control issues, but not her work ethic.”
Leon, whose father is actor Carlos Leon, is Madonna’s oldest child. Her six siblings are Rocco Ritchie, 21, David Banda, 16, Mercy James, 15, and twins Estere and Stelle Ciccone, nine.