Remember last month when we saw those disappointing photos of Lourdes Maria Leon, the eldest daughter of Madonna, smoking cigarettes with some friends outside her school? Well, today, we get to hear from Maddy herself about the incident. In a new interview that was aired on The Today Show earlier today, Madonna spoke a bit about her need to become a more strict parent … because she is not happy with some of the things that her kids are doing … particualarly, Lola‘s smoking. Click below to read some excerpts and watch video of Madonna‘s chat about Lola‘s smoking and more.
Madonna has vowed to toughen up as a mother after seeing pictures of her daughter Lourdes Leon smoking a cigarette. The 15-year-old was caught lighting up while she loitered around with male friends in New York last month. The legal age for smoking in America is 18. When asked how she reacted, Madonna, 53, admitted she ‘wasn’t very happy.’ While she considers herself a disciplinarian, she has decided to come down harder on her children. ‘I’m probably not as tough as I should be,’ she tells the Today show. ‘I think I need to be maybe tougher.’ ‘Every day is a negotiation, but cigarette smoking I’m not very fond of,’ she added. Madonna, who does not smoke, puffs on a cigarette in her recent video for Girl Gone Bad. She said it was ‘was just a prop’ and it didn’t set a bad example, saying ‘[Lourdes] doesn’t get that from me’. But she admits parenting is a challenge. ‘To be a single mother of four and to work as much as I do, with my life in a kind of metaphorical fish bowl, it’s pretty challenging. But so far I’ve survived with sanity and humour intact.’
Naturally, we would expect Madonna to say that she is unhappy with her daughter’s smoking … but I did actually laugh out loud when she says in this interview, “I don’t approve of anyone smoking cigarettes”. It’s a bit of a mixed message to glamorize smoking in photos and music videos and then to say, I don’t approve of smoking by anyone. BUT, that is beside the point. As I mentioned before, I imagine that it is difficult to raise a teenager no matter who you are … let alone a single, working mom. No one is perfect and this smoking incident will not be the last of Madonna‘s parenting woes. Kids will be kids. Parents do their best. Life goes on. That said … life has a much higher chance of going on longer if folks don’t smoke :)