When are Madonna and Angelina Jolie going to get together and compare notes? “My house is like a Benetton ad,” says the Material Girl. It sounds a lot like Brangelina’s brood.
“I have French nannies, my security guards are Israeli, I have assistants from Argentina and Puerto Rico as well as a Japanese assistant and chef, and another chef from Italy,” she says, “It’s wonderful. I love it.”
Opening up about her family life, Madonna, 51, tells the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine that her divorce from Guy Ritchie was “challenging,” adding “I’m very grateful that I had work to do. I may have thrown myself off a building.”
Now that she’s relocated to New York and 41-year-old Guy – father to Rocco, 9, and David, 3 – is in London, the “Celebration” singer is adjusting to sharing custody over 3,000 miles.
“Life is an adjustment. My sons aren’t with me right now, they’re with their father, and I’m not very comfortable with the idea of my children not living together.”
And while Lourdes Leon, 13, stars in the video to “Celebration” dressed in an ’80s wedding dress in homage to her mom’s “Like a Virgin” video, it looks like little David is the next pop singer in the family – and his mother’s biggest fan.
“Everybody says that when he watches [my concerts], he stays frozen from beginning to end, and he studies everything, and he knows every dance step,” she says.
But while Madonna is known for her outrageous antics (although her most extreme moment of late was sharing pizza and a martini with David Letterman), she says it wasn’t always so.
“I didn’t really have a drink until I got divorced for the first time [from Sean Penn] when I was 30,” she admits.
“‘Geek’ is not a word anyone uses to describe me, except perhaps [Confessions on a Dance Floor producer] Stuart Price, who once said, ‘You know, you’re a nerd at heart, nobody knows it.’ I took it as a compliment.”
And despite 12 number ones, she downplays her ability to spot a chart-topper. “I’ve never been a good judge of what things are going to be huge or not,” she says.
“The songs that I think are the most retarded songs I’ve written, like ‘Cherish’ and ‘Sorry’, a pretty big hit off my last album, end up being the biggest hits.
“‘Into the Groove’ is another song I feel retarded singing, but everybody seems to like it.”