Madonna’s daughter, Lourdes Leon, reveals her mom is a “control freak.”
“My mom is such a control freak, and she has controlled me my whole life,” the 25-year-old told admitted to her mom’s best friend Debi Mazar for Interview Magazine this past Thursday.
“I needed to be completely independent from her as soon as I graduated high school.”
Leon shared that one of the ways she found her independence was by paying for her own college tuition and New York apartment, despite her mother’s multimillion-dollar estate.
“We don’t get any handouts in my family,” she said before recognizing, “Obviously, I grew up with extreme privilege. There’s no denying that.
“But 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.’ Also, I feel like if your parents pay for things, then it gives them leverage over you.”
Leon also hopes to make a living one day based on other talents, and not just her looks.
“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.”
But for now, she shared how “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,” the entertainer added. “I don’t know how I feel about acting yet.”
Leon also revealed that 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 said, but admitted, “I just don’t care about it. Maybe it’s too close to home.”
Leon also shared with Mazar, 57, that as she’s aged, she appreciates her mother’s work more and more.
“I don’t cringe,” she said, noting that with age she is “increasingly able to recognize how influential and amazing this woman is, and how empowering to other women and ahead of her time she has always been.
“I didn’t fully comprehend that until I realized the importance of empowerment and what it means to be a woman. 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.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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