Lourdes Leon reflects on childhood with ‘control freak’ mother Madonna
Model got candid in a new interview
Madonna’s daughter, Lourdes Leon, has reflected on her childhood with the singer as a mother.
In a new interview with the singer’s friend Debi Mazar for Interview Magazine, Leon described her mother as “such a control freak”.
Lourdes Leon says mom Madonna is a ‘control freak’: ‘She has controlled me my whole life’
The model recently revealed she paid her own way through college without assistance from her superstar mom
Mama does preach.
Madonna’s eldest daughter, Lourdes Leon, says in a new interview that the “Material Girl” is a surprisingly strict parent and runs a tight ship in her household.
“My mom is such a control freak, and she has controlled me my whole life,” the 25-year-old told her mom’s BFF Debi Mazar for Interview Magazine Thursday.
“I needed to be completely independent from her as soon as I graduated high school.”
Leon, who works as a model, said 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 said she would like to one day earn a living based off of other talents, and not just her model-level 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,” the entertainer added, contemplating her goals. “I don’t know how I feel about acting yet.”
Leon also told Mazar, who has appeared in films like “Goodfellas” and “Little Man Tate,” 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.”
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Lourdes Leon Says She Needed Independence from ‘Control Freak’ Mom Madonna After High School
“She’s probably the hardest worker I’ve ever seen,” Lourdes Leon said of her mom, Madonna
Lourdes Leon is focused on her own independence.
The 24-year-old model talked about growing up as Madonna’s daughter during a recent chat with Interview Magazine. After graduating high school, Leon began forging her own path because she wanted to gain a sense of autonomy from her world-famous mom, she said.
“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, who is Madonna’s firstborn with ex Carlos Leon, revealed earlier this year in an interview with Vogue that she paid her own college tuition and lives in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bushwick, away from the glitz of Hollywood.
As she’s grown older, 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!”
Lourdes Leon Is Trying Not to Get Too Caught Up
LOURDES LEON: Sorry, I’m just getting to my hotel room. Oh my god. Did they throw out my weed? I’m actually going to kill someone. Okay. It’s fine. I’ll worry about that later. Did I have fun at the Met Gala? I’m really grateful to have been able to go. Maybe because it was my first time, but it felt crazy. You’re just shoved into a room with all these famous people and you’re supposed to talk to them and be their friend, even though you don’t fucking know them. That’s not my vibe.
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