Madonna is, in fact, a single mother of four — but can the music queen’s struggles compare to what the average mom on her own faces? She seems to think so.
Madonna may have millions to her name, but that doesn’t negate the fact she’s relatable as a single mother — or does it? Opening up about the struggles she faces parenting Lourdes, Rocco, David and Mercy, Madonna says she hopes to be an inspiration to single moms everywhere.
“I’m not going to lie — it’s hard work having four kids and doing all the work I do,” Madonna recently told The Sun, adding a note to critics of her parenting skills. “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.”
Madonna, who divorced from Guy Ritchie four years ago added, “Sometimes I cope with it very well, sometimes it’s a struggle.”
Single motherhood inspired Madonna to write the track “I Don’t Give A” off of her new album, MDNA. Lyrics include lines such as, “I tried to be a good girl, I tried to be your wife,” and describe how she was “trying to be all you expected of me.”
The 53-year-old explained of the song, “It’s about the life of a single mother. It’s a challenge juggling everything — multi-tasking is my middle name. I try to express that.”
“I hope I’m a role model,” Madonna went on to share. “I hope I give other girls a voice, women a voice, other women someone to look up to and admire. I keep rolling with the punches and trying to have integrity. And I hope I inspire women and give them strength to deal with life no matter what comes their way.”