Photos of 15-year-old Lourdes Leon smoking a cigarette sent the U(RL)niverse into a tailspin of criticism: mostly aimed at mamma Madonna.
On tonight's episode of Rock Center, Madonna addresses her daughter's drag for the first time. "I don't approve of anyone smoking cigarettes, most of all, my daughter," she said in an excerpt of the interview that ran on the Today show this morning. When Harry Smith countered with the fact that Madonna suckles on a cig in her Girl Gone Wild video, she said, "I don't smoke, that's just an accessory. She smoked that cigarette before I did that video, so she didn't get that from me."
Madonna takes umbrage with assertions she's not a good mother, saying she wasn't very happy upon seeing the photos. "I think I am [a tough mom] but I don't think I'm as tough as I should be," she said. "I think maybe I should be tougher but it's hard." And while she admits there are about 25 different versions of Madonna that various people see, her children see just one. "To my children, there's the one that comes home and says, 'Are you doing your homework? Why did you say that? What are you eating that for?'"
"I imagine it must be [hard being me] ... because I complain all the time," she laughed when asked whether or not the pressure gets to her. "I think we all have our challenges – to be a single mother of four and work as much as I do [and] live my life in a metaphorical fishbowl ... it's pretty challenging. But so far I've survived with sanity and humor in tact."
And she'll keep on surviving and singing. This interview was conducted around midnight since Madonna had spent all day rehearsing for her upcoming world tour. And she'd like fans to know that at 53-years-old, she has no plans to stop any time soon. "I certainly have stuff left to say, I still feel like expressing myself -- I'll keep doing this as long as I do."