Madonna and her family – Guy Ritchie and children Lourdes, 7, and Rocco, 2 – have been in California for the past six months. Madonna insists they will be moving back to England soon. She is missing her Mini Cooper, which she bought from a garage on London’s Park Lane.
“I love my Mini Cooper,” she says with a giggle. “I was too scared to drive a big car in London; the roads are so narrow and I’m always I’m going to hit people on both sides.”
Life in Los Angeles, she says, is quiet. She’s been taking guitar lessons for the last two years and strums along to Neil Young, Radiohead, and The Smiths for fun. She is currently reading Hunter S. Thompson’s new book Kingdom Of Fear and a book about female body builders called Chemical Pink. Her ideal night is one spent at home with Guy, eating dinner and watching a movie.
“I haven been drunk since my birthday party on 16 August last year,” she says. “I’m Miss Responsible: gotta get to bed, got work tomorrow, can’t drink too much. I’m very controlled about my alcohol consumption.”
She says she’s equally disciplined with her children. Neither of them are allowed to watch TV, or the “poison box” as she calls it.
“I’m trying to stimulate them to think for themselves,” she explains. “We give them books to read instead. My son doesn’t go to school yet, but I’m very conscious of what my daughter is exposed to. There are gong to be things that she’s going to ask for that she’s not going to get. If she wants a pair of Nike trainers I’m not going to make a stink about it, but she’s not having 10 pairs. She’s going to have to accept that.”
You, of all people can’t tell her that she’s “not going out dressed like that” though, can you?
“Oh yes I can,” she says, folding her arms across her chest. “I can and I do.”
When was the last time you weren’t recognized?
“When I went to my daughter’s school the other day to pick her up. I haven’t been a brunette for long. Someone stopped me and went. Where’s her mother? They thought I was kidnapping her.”
Looking at your life, would you have done things differently knowing then what you do now?
“Perhaps I wouldn’t have made so many mistakes. But to dwell on them is a waste of time. I know what I know, I move on. You get slapped enough and you realise that you’ve been a buffoon and an idiot.”
She laughs loudly. “And I was a buffoon and an idiot till the age of 40!”
What one bit of advice would you give to her?
“Don’t take any of it personally.”
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