Madonna met director Guy Ritchie through their mutual friend Sting (no big deal), and the two hit it off right away. Madonna and Guy got married in 2000 and remained together for eight years. They finally filed for divorce in 2008, and it was allegedly not amicable.
Despite the breakdown of their relationship, Madonna and Guy spent some solid years together. They got married in a Scottish castle, where Stella McCartney served as Madonna’s maid of honor. The two share a biological son, Rocco, as well as their adopted son, David Banda. After her divorce from Guy, Madonna would go on to adopt Mercy, Stella, and Estere from Malawi.
Like Mother, Like Daughter
Madonna became a mother on October 14, 1996, when she gave birth to her daughter Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon. Lourdes’ father is Carlos Leon, Madonna’s partner at the time. Unfortunately, the pressures of Madonna’s fame proved too much for the couple and they split in 1997 when Lourdes was still a baby.
However, their split was amicable, and they worked together to co-parent Lourdes. Madonna was totally in love with her newborn daughter, writing “Little Star” for her on her 1998 album “Ray of Light.” Today, Lourdes is just as fierce as her mom, modeling for big names such as Stella McCartney and Savage X Fenty.
Madonna’s Acting Career
Madonna has starred in 19 films over the course of her career. Within those 19 starring roles are some of the best and worst acting, depending on who you ask. Madonna won a “Best Actress” Golden Globe for her role in “Evita,” which came out to much fanfare in 1996. On the flip side, she’s been in quite a few flops.
Next to her Golden Globe win, Madonna has won a grand total of nine Razzies (aka the parody version of the “Golden Globe Awards”). She’s won this prestigious prank award for her roles in flops like “Shangai Surprise.” Her crowning achievement, though, was being awarded “Worst Actress of the Century” in 2000. There’s no denying that Madonna is a versatile actress.
A Unique Name Change
As we all probably remember, Madonna famously adopted a deep study of Kabbalah, a form of Jewish mysticism. Although it was a short-lived trend in the early 2000s among celebrities, Madonna became pretty serious about it. She even changed her name to Esther while she was entrenched in her studies.
According to “Showbiz CheatSheet,” the name Esther derives from the Persian name Satarah, which translates to “star.” Pretty fitting, right? She always defended her adoption of Kabbalah, telling “Harper’s Bazaar” that she was just going to class, taking notes in her notebook, and contemplating her future. She was just trying to become a better person.
Madonna the Author
Madonna’s spiritual journey with Kabbalah also inspired her to try her hand at something new. In 2003, she published her first of seven children’s picture books. The first book, titled “The English Roses,” was inspired by her daughter Lourdes and her own childhood experiences. The story follows a group of five friends as they navigate jealousy and friendship.
Although the picture books are not explicitly religious or spiritual, they each include life lessons about having a strong moral compass and dealing with negative feelings like greed and jealousy. The books got mixed reviews, but many of them debuted in the number-one slot on the “New York Times” bestseller list.