Since she burst on to the scene in the Eighties, Madonna”s never taken too much notice of what people think.
And why would the superstar when her recipe for life seems to make her and those she loves so happy
In the last few weeks, she”s been looking incredibly relaxed, chilling out with her children on both sides of the Atlantic.
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She seems in love with life and with her boyfriend of one year, French dancer Brahim Zaibat, who is based in New York.
The fact that at 24, he”s 29 years younger than her, doesn”t bother the Hung Up singer.
As one of her close friends told this week”s !: “He makes her feel young… and fabulous. I mean what”s not to love about that”
Meanwhile, a family member said: “If the kids didn”t get along with Brahim, Madonna wouldn”t even be with him. She”s a pretty strict mother, but also fair.
“They all have a good time, a lot of fun travelling the world over. It”s a full, exciting and very, very busy life.”
It certainly looked that way as the couple rode jet skis in the south of France where they were holidaying with her four children – Lourdes, 14, Rocco, 11, Mercy and David, who are both five and adopted from Malawi.
With them, were a big gang of friends and relatives including his 45–year-old mother Patricia, and a young male friend of Lourdes”.
Madonna and her companion – who are said to spend a lot of their time discussing pop culture – also found time to sneak away for a cosy dinner together.
And the look that the diva threw photographers over her shoulder said it all – she was exactly where she wanted to be.