Despite being one of the biggest pop stars on the planet, Madonna is a mum first and foremost.
In an exclusive interview with the New York Times the Material Girl opened up about being a single mum of six at 60 and how she struggled with loneliness when she upped and moved to Portugal to support her son's football career.
Madonna shares her biological daughter, Lourdes Maria Ciccone, now 22 with former partner, dancer Carlos Leon and shares her biological son Rocco, 18, with ex-husband Guy Ritchie.
Her final four kids were adopted: 13-year-old David Banda in 2006 and Mercy James in 2009, followed by six-year-old twins Esther and Stella Mwale in 2017.
But it was while the Grammy winner was living in Lisbon to support David's football career that she admitted she felt lonely.
Speaking about the Portuguese capital, Madonna said,"It's quite medieval and feels like a place where time stopped in a way, and it feels very closed."
"There's a cool vibe there, but where I was living with my kids, I felt very cut off from a lot. It was FIFA and my kids' school and that's it. I'm fighting with the plumber."
"I really wanted to make friends."
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Despite feeling alone at times, Madonna revealed that she's always thinking about her mum duties.
"I couldn't survive if I couldn't be creative as an artist, but in the back of my mind, I'm always thinking, O.K., what is my son doing right now? What is my daughter doing right now? I haven't spoken to David yet. I've got to be there for them. When is her show? I've got to make sure I don't have things planned. My head is in a whirl."
At 60 years old, Madonna is about to release her 14th album Madame X but when it comes to ageing, she doesn't have time for her haters.
"Stop thinking, just live your life and don't be influenced by society trying to make you feel some type of way about your age or what it is you're supposed to be doing," she stated in her interview, despite admitting that it's hard to do.
"We are a marginalised group, women. And just because it's hard doesn't mean you stop fighting against it or defying it or refusing to be pigeonholed or put in a box or labelled or told you can and can't do things."