Madonna: biography and latest news!

    Madonna © GOFF INF
    Madonna © GOFF INF

  • Occupation: singer
  • Real name: Louise Veronica Ciccone
  • Sign : Lion
  • Date of birth: Saturday 16 August 1958 (age: 62)
  • Country: United States

Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone was born on August 16, 1958 in Bay City, USA. Daughter of a worker of Italian origin, she was only five years old when her mother died. She grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, surrounded by her brothers and sisters, and had a difficult childhood. She enrolled in piano lessons and soon gave up to devote herself to her true passion, dance. At the age of 17, she stops her studies, leaves Michigan to try her luck in New York.

The beginnings are difficult and the teenager accumulates odd jobs. She enrolled in dance classes at the American Dance Center and in 1979 became the drummer for the group Breakfast Club. At the same time, she was auditioning. Spotted by the CEO of Sire Records, she released her first album, of the same name, in July 1983. With eight songs produced by Reggie Lucas, the album, which sold more than ten million copies worldwide, was a huge success. A year later, Madonna released Like A Virgin and confirmed her talent: the album sold 21 million copies worldwide.

Dance, look, attitude, Madonna has an innate sense of provocation. Avant-garde, she had fun with everything and collaborated with the greatest couturiers of the time: Christian Lacroix, Jean Paul Gaultier, Stella McCartney. In 1985, she took her first steps in cinema in the film Recherche Susan désespérément. Then the album True Blue, released in 1986, brought her fame, with its few mythical titles such as Papa don’t Preach, La Isla Bonita or Open Your Heart. The tour that followed was just as triumphant. Released in 1989, Like a Prayer provoked a mini-scandal among Catholic associations. A year later, she returned to the cinema, once again performing Breathless Mahoney in Dick Tracy. She rides the wave of her success with, the following year, the release of the documentary In Bed with Madonna, publishing her erotic photos in her book SEX. Her sexual provocations continued with the release in 1992 of her sixth album, Erotica, dark and provocative. But surprise: sales were not quite up to scratch. Bedtime Stories, released in 1994, was not as successful as expected either. Her role as Eva Peron in the film Evita finally brought her back to success. In the absence of the film, the excerpts from the soundtrack were popular with the audience.

In 2000, she released her eighth album, Music, which was resolutely electro and partly directed by the former Taxi Girl Mirways, and which enabled her to return to success. In 2005, Confessions on a Dancefloor brought Madonna back to the forefront. In early 2008, the pop star was inducted into the American Rock Hall of Fame at the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony. A year later, she released her 11th album with Hard Candy, for which she surrounded herself with the best artists: Timbaland, Danja Kanye Wet, Justin Timberlake and Pharell Williams. Her double compilation, Celebration, released in 2009, was number one in the UK sales charts and even dethroned a certain Elvis Presley in the British charts.

In 2010, Madonna decided to take a break from music and launched her Material Girl clothing line (in collaboration with her daughter Lourdes) and the gym chain Hard Candy. In May 2011, her first film, Obscenity and Virtue (Filth and Wisdom), a documentary based on her personal experiences (shot in Malawi in May 2007), was presented at the Berlin International Film Festival and then at the Cannes Film Festival. Her second feature film as a director, W.E., followed. (released in May 2012 in France), was presented at the Venice Film Festival, out of competition. The soundtrack of the film was awarded a Golden Globe for best song for a film with the title Masterpiece.

Building on this success, she released her twelfth album, MDNA, in March 2012, largely produced with French DJ Martin Solveig and producer William Orbit. However, the record has disappointing sales. Madonna is working hard to breathe new life into her world tour, the M.D.N.A. Tour, which she kicks off on May 31, 2012 with a concert in Tel Aviv, where she will broadcast a video of Marine Le Pen with the swastika. After her repeat offence at the Stade de France, the FN candidate then decided to sue the singer.

On the heart side, Madonna married actor Sean Penn in 1985. But the couple finally broke up four years later. In 1996, she met Carlos Leon, a sports teacher. From their love was born her first daughter, Lourdes Maria, on October 14, 1996. In 1999, Madonna is shown on the arm with director Guy Ritchie, with whom she has a son, Rocco, born in August 1999. Guy Ritchie and Madonna were married in December 2000 in Scotland. In October 2006, she adopts a little boy named David in Malawi. In the same country, she adopted a little girl named Mercy James in 2009. In 2008, Madonna and Guy Ritchie were divorced. The singer then went on to perform with Brazilian model Jesus Luz, twenty-eight years her junior. But the couple split up at the beginning of 2010.

On 8 February 2017, Madonna confirmed on social networks the adoption in Malawi of twins, Stella and Esther, aged 4.