Michael Jackson held the title of King of Pop for decades and still reigns even from behind the stones. On the other hand, Madonna is the Queen of Pop hands down and just like her male counterpart, no one has been able to dethrone her since the 1980s when she ascended. She is known for such songs as Like A Virgin, Like A Prayer, Papa Don’t Preach, Who’s That Girl, and You Can Dance. The Queen of Pop is in her 60’s but does not look a day over 30. Just how old is Madonna; the one woman who has refused to age?
The Queen of Pop is a complete entertainment package and has touched the ends of the world as far as entertainment is concerned. Madonna is not only a singer, songwriter, or musician, but is also a dancer, actress, businesswoman, record producer, film director, mother, humanitarian, as well as an author. She is noted as the fourth-best-selling music artist worldwide and the best-selling female recording artist of all time by Guinness World Records having sold over 300 million records worldwide.
With this kind of success in her over three decades in the music industry, it baffles many that she could have any other passion outside music. She takes motherhood seriously and her children are all the motivation that has kept her going. Find out how many kids she has.
How Old Is Madonna?
The top female artist is one of the six children born to Madonna Louise (née Fortin) and Silvio Anthony “Tony” Ciccone, who worked as an engineer designer for Chrysler and General Motors; both of who are Catholics. Madonna is of mixed descent; Italian from her father’s side and French-Canadian from her mother’s.
She was named Madonna Louise Ciccone following her birth on the 16th of August 1958 in Bay City, Michigan. Her family members called her ‘Little Nonni’ because she shares the same name with her mother. Unfortunately, Madonna Snr. died as a result of breast cancer at the age of 30 before she got the chance to see her daughter become the star she is today. Madonna was just 5 years old then and explained it as ‘one of the hardest things I’ve faced in my life’.
Talk about two sides of a coin! Madonna may have given off the bad girl vibe throughout her career but she was actually a nerdy kid who had straight A’s and even wanted to become a nun at some point while she was growing up. Her career took off in New York City where she moved to in 1978 to pursue a career in modern dance. While she was busy dominating the music world, she still made an impression as an actress and director. She starred in 22 films including Evita (1996) which earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, the last one being 2006’s Arthur and the Invisibles.
Madonna has released 28 albums including 14 studio albums, 6 compilation albums, 5 live albums, and 3 soundtrack albums most of which have reached the top of record charts worldwide and earned numerous awards for the singer. She is often cited as an influence by other musicians.
As a businesswoman, she founded an entertainment company named Maverick (including the label Maverick Records) in 1992. Her other ventures include fashion design, skincare products, children’s books, health clubs, as well as filmmaking. Being a humanitarian, she also contributes to various charities, having founded Ray of Light Foundation in 1998 and Raising Malawi in 2006, which helps to foster the nation’s educational and health sector.
Rolling Stone listed her among the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and the 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time. With a net worth estimated to be somewhere between $590 million and $800 million, the Queen of Pop is regarded as the wealthiest woman in the music business.
How Many Kids Does She Have?
If there is one thing the Queen of Pop loves more than music, it’s being a mother to her brood. She fully embraced motherhood back in 1996 when she had her first child. Even after she had complications resulting from placenta previa following the birth of her son, which impeded her future chances of having more kids, she resorted to adoption. She takes motherhood very seriously.
She has two biological children and four more adopted children from different parts of the world; most of which she is raising on her own. Her first marriage was to the American actor and filmmaker Sean Penn in 1985 but their marriage ended in a divorce four years down the line. The next time she tied the marital knot was in 2000 with film director and producer, Guy Ritchie.
They had a son, Rocco Ritchie in August 2000, months before their nuptials in December and adopted another son, David Banda from Malawi before their marriage saw its end in 2008. Before Rocco came into the picture, Madonna already had a daughter four years earlier with her fitness trainer Carlos Leon. Lourdes Leon who is following in her mother’s steps as a performer was born on October 14, 1996.
Besides David, the age-defying singer also adopted Mercy James in 2009, and then twins Estere and Stella Mwale in 2017, all from the East African country, Malawi. In all, Madonna has six children.