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.”