Madonna’s eldest daughter Lourdes Leon has said in a new interview that the Material Girl is a surprisingly strict parent and runs a tight ship in her house.
“My mother is a control freak, and she’s been controlling me my whole life,” the 25-year-old told her mother’s best friend, Debi Mazar. for Interview Magazine Thusday.
“I needed to be completely independent from her as soon as I graduated from high school.”
Leon, who works as a model, said one of the ways she found her independence was to pay for her own tuition and apartment in New York City, despite her mother’s multi-million dollar estate.
“We don’t have handouts in my family,” she said before admitting, “Obviously I grew up with extreme privilege. There’s no denying that.
“But I think my mom saw all these other famous people kids, and she thought, ‘My kids aren’t going to be like that. Also, I feel like if your parents pay for things it gives them leverage over you. “
Leon said she would one day like to make a living from other talents, not just her beauty as a model.
“My mom is very insistent on making me think about what I want to be known for beyond my appearance,” Leon said. “That’s not what I want people to remember me for. This is not true. “
However, she noted that for now, “financially, modeling is a smart move. I like to be very involved in the campaigns that I do, so that I don’t just do 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 of these parts of myself into my projects,” the artist 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 there them. “
“As for the music, I can sing,” she later admitted, but admitted, “I don’t care. It might be too close to where I live.
Leon also told Mazar, 57, that as she got older, she learned to appreciate her iconic mother’s music catalog even more.
“I’m not backing down,” she said, noting that with age she is “more and more able to recognize how influential and amazing this woman is, and how she always has been. ahead of its time for other women.
“I didn’t fully understand this until I realized the importance of empowerment and what it means to be a woman. She is probably the hardest worker I have ever seen. I didn’t inherit it, unfortunately. I inherited his control issues, but not his work ethic.
Leon is Madonna’s daughter with her ex-boyfriend Carlos Leon, with whom the “Like A Virgin” singer dated from September 1994 to May 1997. She also has a 21-year-old son, Rocco Ritchie, with her ex- husband Guy Ritchie, and five adopted children: David Banda, 16, Mercy James, 15, and twins Estere and Stelle Ciccone, 9.