Madonna: “It’s Hard Work Having Four Kids”

Madonna has admitted that raising Rocco, 12, Lourdes, 15, David, 6, and Mercy, 5, has been hard work.

She told The Sun, “I’m not going to lie – it’s hard work having four kids and doing all the work I do. Everybody has something to say about the way I live my life. At the end of the day I’m doing my best. If people don’t like it, then that’s really their problem. Sometimes I cope with it very well, sometimes it’s a struggle. It’s a challenge juggling everything – multi-tasking is my middle name.”

With her new album MDNA coming out – she doesn’t want her kids to listen to some of the tracks, including I F***** Up and Gang Bang.

She explained, “Every time I get in the car the radio is on. It’s quite shocking that my five and six-year-old children know the words to every single song on the radio. They haven’t heard my entire album, they definitely haven’t heard Gang Bang. I doubt that will ever get played on the radio.”

With Lourdes doing the background vocals on the track Superstar, people in the music industry are taking note.

Madonna says, “Yes, she’s my background singer. She just came over to the studio that day. Then I said, ‘Oh, can you sing this part?’ and she agreed to. She has a very good voice. She’s quite shy about it and won’t admit it. Lots of people are knocking on my door to meet her about everything, movies and what-not.”

As for life at home she insists they’re like any other family.

We just try to have as normal a life as possible. My life with them at home is really just about schoolwork and health and the after-school lessons just like everybody else. Most of them go to a French school. My French is not very impressive, but it’s good enough. Everyone in my house speaks perfect French but me. I’m getting better at understanding when they’re not talking about their homework. I’m now picking up things and saying, ‘What did you say?’. I know the necessary swear words, so they have to be careful.”

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Anonymous
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It’s hard to feel sorry for her. I am sure she has a ton of help and if her work were infringing on her ability to parent then she can certainly afford to cut back. She is selfish.

Anonymous
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Huh? Where does she say she’s asking to feel sorry for her? She’s not complaining, just explaining that it’s not easy. You’re reading way more into what she said than she actually said.

Anonymous
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The following comment sounds to me like a complaint: “I’m not going to lie – it’s hard work having four kids and doing all the work I do… Sometimes I cope with it very well, sometimes it’s a struggle. It’s a challenge juggling everything – multi-tasking is my middle name.” My point was that if it is such a struggle then cut back on the things that aren’t necessary like working when you already have $100M dollars in the bank. I work because I have to . If I had that much money in the bank, I would not be… Read more »
Dee13
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Raising your children does not have anything to do with how much money one makes. Money affords a roof and food on the table, but ultimately its about the time and energy you spend with your child. Madonna certainly wasn’t born into money and has worked very hard for the money and legacy she has built for herself and her children’s futures. Besides, you also have to figure in the different lifestyle and challenges that a celebrity parent has to battle that a regular does not… Im pretty sure its not easy to have to worry about the paparazzi harassing… Read more »
Anonymous
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She has cut back. For a decade she didn’t tour while her children had school. She only toured every couple of years and only while they were on break. She scheduled her career around them and she’s done less than she used to, but does that mean she should give up her career? Being artistic, creative, and productive makes her happy and thus a better parent. Do you ask the same of Guy Ritchie (or any other man) who has continued to work after having children? He even missed his own new son’s birth last year. He sees his sons… Read more »
Tay
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yeah, i agree

SMH
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First let me just say that parenting is the hardest job every! But lets not sit around and be nagging little trolls because your just unhappy that your life hasn’t granted you the affordability to hire as much help as you need! Madonna didn’t do anything wrong. She is rich. She can do as she wishes. So when anyone else sits there and says, “ha what does she know about struggling, try being a single parent working 2 jobs!” Guess what? That’s not Madonna’s problem! I’m sure if any of you struggling moms were to come into some big money… Read more »
Jen
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I’m sure some of you were having restless nights wondering if Bigolhomo would end up at the Madonna show. Well, she added more LA shows and I got tickets to the Anaheim Pond show on June2. Yay! There still seem to be tickets available in all price ranges for this show right now, so if anyone missed out, you can probably still get some.

Anonymous
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Some of the comments are just filled with envy and hate. You’re coming to a celebrity site where celebrities talk about their lives and children. This isn’t a site about Joe and Jane Smith. She’s not complaining or feeling sorry for herself, she’s just being honest. She came from nothing and worked (and continues to work) hard to achieve all that she has. She has never denied having help, but she runs companies, has a couple careers, and four children which she parents mostly alone. While Carlos is more involved with Lourdes than Guy is with his sons, who he… Read more »
Grace
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It’s not envy or hate to point out that a celebrity has lost touch with reality. Most of them have. It’s kind of ridiculous that any time someone on one of these sites uses critical thinking skills and points out that a celebrity is saying things that don’t make sense, someone responds with some variation on “you’re jealous haters.” No, we’re not. We just aren’t snowed by the “I’m just like you” b.s. that a lot of celebrities like to peddle. And it’s sad to see so many people that do fall for that.

Anonymous
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“At the end of the day I’m doing my best. If people don’t like it, then that’s really their problem.” ~ Madonna

Anonymous
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She is NOT saying she’s just like you and that she schleps to the laundromat every Saturday. She’s not trying to portray herself as anything she isn’t. In fact, she’s been pretty honest over the years. She’s talking about HER struggles and HER issues, some of which might be issues that others may or may not have. She’s being upfront about HER life, regardless of whether YOU can identify with it or not. Whether YOU think her issues and struggles are worthy enough or not is besides the point she is making. And yes, some comments are seething with envy… Read more »
Anonymous
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She is a single parent with a busy career. I know people will say she has nannies, blah, blah, but they are just child minders. They’re not handling the discipline or the responsibilities raising four children brings. But I’m sure there are many rewards too.

Grace
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No, nannies are not just child minders. I used to work as a nanny, and it’s much more than just child minding. And yes, I was in charge of disciplining the children and, depending on how involved the parents were, I was responsible for raising them. In one case the parents were still extremely involved and I only had some of the responsibilities of raising the children, and in other cases the parents were totally uninvolved and I was doing 95% of the raising. It’s kind of offensive to belittle the valuable work that nannies do by saying they’re “just… Read more »
whatever!
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I second that – fed up celebs bleating on about their lives when it’s the people in the background doing all the hardwork!

Kt
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I agree with you Grace. I too nannied and unfortunately you frequently end up doing a lot of raising the kids. As far as Madonna, I know someone that interviewed for the nanny position for David. She has a nanny per child. When she comes into the room the nanny has to stand by the door and wait till she is done.

Anonymous
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This is a lie. She doesn’t have a nanny per child, nor does she do what you’re saying. This person wouldn’t be privy to any of that information simply by interviewing and if she had actually landed the job she would’ve signed an iron-clad confidentiality agreement, which would’ve been breached by speaking to you and would be grounds for a major lawsuit. David doesn’t have his own nanny either. The kind of nonsense people come up with to bash anyone.

Mar
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People can say whatever they want about her, but she seems to have done a great job as a mother. Her kids don’t seem to be spoiled at all. She is one of the most famous women on earth and yet she managed to keep them out of the spotlight.

AnneS
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Their have been a lot more pictures of her kids in the last 2 years nothing close to Garner,Abla or Heidi Klum’s kids.

I wouldn’t give all the credit to Madonna for the way her kids turned out good or bad because Guy Ritchie and Carlos Leon are both very active fathers in their kids lives.

Anonymous
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I would definitely give a lot of the credit to Madonna though I’m not saying it’s only her. Guy sees his sons only a few weeks a year and he’s very “passive” in his approach, letting them do as they please when he has them over. He’s stated he doesn’t really believe in stressing education, hard work, or anything like that. He has had a very privileged upbringing and didn’t have to struggle in that respect, whereas Madonna came from a little more humble background, went to NY alone where she struggled until she made a career for herself–so I… Read more »
Anonymous
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Really hard job when you have a NANNY for each of them and a personal assistant.

Anonymous
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What IS really hard work is being a single parent or grandparent of a child who has a parent away in a foreign country fighting for our freedom and no support to deal with that obstacle everyday.

Anonymous
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I really hate when people say this. Is there nobody on the planet whose stress equals that? Probably, so does that mean the ENTIRE world can never comment on hard something is because it’s not as hard as that?! Geez…

(Besides, at least in the USA, fighting for your country is VOLUNTARY!)

Lizzig
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Let Madonna live in my shoes. I work full time on a very basic wage, I have no cooks, gardeners, assistants, cleaners to help me and my son. I come home from work and cook, help my son with homework and then clean up after dinner. I have an hour of rest then its bed time. My weekends are spent washing clothes, grocery shopping and cleaning the house and the garden. I live pay check to pay check. When celebrities start talking about how tough it is to be a single parent I just want to yell. They have not… Read more »
Anonymous
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You’re forgetting that Madonna isn’t simply supporting herself. Her entire “career” is an operation with hundreds of employees. If she doesn’t make money, those people are out of a job.

That’s one stress you don’t have.

What?
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Amen! Preach on!

What?
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I think what she meant to say is it’s hard work to have to stop thinking about yourself for 5 seconds to give orders to your small army of nannies about the kids that is until the paparazzi is around in which case you strategically pose with the children to make it look like you’re just a a regular, everyday mom out doing the shopping and chores like you do everyday. Uh huh. Sure. And, before you all call me a hater, if I had the money I’d have a small army of nannies too.

Anonymous
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Exactly.

Tay
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I think she is a great mom. She has nannies to help, not to be the mother of her kids. She doesn’t have a regular job: albuns, movies,rehearsal, tours around the world etc.. and even so her children are w/ her all the time, wherever she is. the kids children seem to be well behaviors too

maria mckenna
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Why many of u chose to be so negative towards Madonna comes from jealousy. Madonna because of her wealth was able to adopt 2 children. Her adopting 2 Children shows a person with a warm loving giving heart. Money isnt everything. The best things in life are free. Instead of hating on Madonna why dont u reflect for a moment how lucky and fortunate u are to have been given the miracle of a child. Many are no so fortunate. Woman we need to empower each other n stand together. God Bless
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