Lourdes Leon is an American actor, model, and fashion designer. She is the daughter of famous musician Madonna. She was born to Madonna and her then boyfriend Carlos Leon in 1996. When Madonna announced that she was pregnant with a baby, the world went into frenzy as she was arguably ‘the most famous woman in the whole world’ at that time in the mid 90s. In late 1998, Madonna got her daughter’s first pictures published in the Vanity Fair magazine and the entire world became obsessed by little Lourdes. As she grew up, Lourdes constantly remained in the limelight. Towards the late 2000, Madonna married the English film director Guy Ritchie and took Lourdes to London with her, where she got enrolled into a French school along with her step-brother Rocco. Still a kid, Lourdes had been actively making appearances with her mother on several events. Lourdes has worked as a fashion designer, actor and fashion model. Presently, she has been studying performing arts from the prestigious University of Michigan and shares a healthy relationship with both of her biological parents. In 2016, Lourdes made her modelling debut as she appeared in the ad campaign for ‘Pop’ perfume.
Childhood & Family Background
Lourdes Leon was born on October 14, 1996, in Los Angeles, USA, to Madonna and her then boyfriend Carlos Leon. Madonna found about about being pregnant when she was shooting a film in Argentina. She was at the very peak of her success when she birthed Lourdes and this became international news. Madonna said on several interviews that she felt blessed with the birth of her child and that it felt like a new life altogether for her.
One year after her birth, Madonna broke up with her boyfriend Carlos and started raising her as a single mother. But she maintained good relations with Carlos and he was allowed to meet little Lourdes whenever he wanted to. This went for a long time and even now, Carlos shares a very good relationship with his daughter. Carlos works as an actor and known for his performances on films, such as ‘The Big Lebowski.’
Madonna knew the drawbacks of a celebrity lifestyle and hence, she wanted her daughter to stay away from the limelight and look for a career in either law or accountancy. But Lourdes’ interest lied in everything her mother was famous for, especially acting and fashion. As a kid, she accompanied Madonna to several events which further brought her into more limelight as she grew up.
Madonna started a relationship with ace English film director Guy Ritchie and got married to him in 2000. After marriage, she moved to London with her daughter Lourdes and Lourdes got a step-brother in form of Rocco. There, Lourdes started attending a French school along with her brother and became fluent in the language.
She exhibited all the traces of being a very intelligent kid ever since she was little. Despite her image as an open-minded artist, Madonna herself claimed that she was a very strict mother. Lourdes was not allowed to go out on her own before she turned 18 and neither was she allowed to have any boyfriend. This strict parenthood resulted in Lourdes growing up to be a well disciplined and hard working young woman.
From time to time, rumours popped up that her children were not very happy with her strict disciplinary measures and hence they preferred to be with their father more.
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Education & Professional Life
Lourdes showed traces of immense talent ever since she was six years old. Her mother came up with a popular English book series called ‘The English Roses’, which became highly popular. Post the success of the series Madonna claimed that her daughter had been her biggest critic and provided some key creative elements which were included in the book.
By the time she was 13 years old, Lourdes had grown an impeccable fashion sense. As told by Madonna herself, Lourdes was always nitpicking on her mother’s dressing style whenever she attended an event. Seeing her interest in fashion and beauty, Madonna took her help while she was designing clothes for her brand called Material Girl. The line inspired by 80’s chic fashion sense became highly popular and it became very evident that Lourdes was growing up to be a talented fashion designer.
Around the same time, she got the offer to star in a Harry Potter film but Madonna did not let her appear on-screen before she finished her high school at-least. As she entered her teen years, she started singing as well. She provided background vocals for her mother during a concert in 2012 on the song ‘Superstar.’ Ironically, the single titled ‘Superstar’ was recorded by Madonna back in 1998 and was dedicated to a young Lourdes. Apart from that, Lourdes has appeared in two of the teaser videos during the launch of Best of Madonna collection ‘Celebration’ and contributed her vocals to her mother’s ‘MDNA’ album.
Despite being multi-talented, Lourdes wants to forge a very serious career in acting and has graduated from the La Guardia School of Performing Arts back in 2014. Presently, she is pursuing her majors in performing arts from the University of Michigan, which Madonna attended as well.
As a 19 years old teen, she made her modelling debut with Stella McCartney ad campaign for her perfume ‘Pop.’ It was the first perfume Stella came out with in four years and Lourdes joined hands with models Kenya Kinski-Jones, Amandla Stenberg and Grimes for the campaign.
Lourdes Leon has been very vocal about her relationships and one of her most talked about relationships was with actor Timothee Chalamet, the ‘Homeland’ actor. She met him during her time at the La Guardia High School. The couple went public about their relationship in 2013, but it did not last long. They broke up a year later when Timothee was photographed kissing another girl.
Lourdes does not like to be in the spotlight as much as her mother. For that reason, she refrains talking about her mother in front of her friends who does not know her mother is Madonna.
Due to her uncanny similarities to Madonna, she is referred to as ‘mini-me’ by her mother.
In March 2018, Lourdes was spotted smoking in a public place and making out with an unknown young man. The rumours are ripe yet again about her being in a relationship.