You’d think that the “Queen of Pop” would have always been popular, even in high school. Oh, how wrong that assumption is. In reality, Madonna’s high school years were pretty tough. Like many of us, Madonna was an outcast and felt different from many of her classmates. Even though she was a cheerleader, her free-thinking and artistic tendencies set her apart from the herd.
Madonna told “Interview Magazine” that she always felt like a freak or like there was something wrong with her when she was growing up because she couldn’t fit in anywhere. It’s wild to think that one of the most popular pop artists of the century felt ostracized and out of place when she was younger. It just goes to show that things do, in fact, get better if you keep going.
Taking After Her Mom
Like her mother before her, Madonna was naturally drawn to dance as an extracurricular activity. As a kid, she begged her dad to enroll her in dance lessons instead of boring piano lessons that she had no interest in. Her dad gave in, and Madonna soon dove head-first into learning all she could.
In high school, one of her friends introduced her to a ballet dancer named Christopher Flynn, who owned his own ballet studio in Michigan. Christopher quickly became Madonna’s first mentor and serious teacher. To this day, Madonna holds Christopher dear to her heart, saying that he was the first person who told her that she was beautiful and that she had something to offer the world. Plus, he encouraged her to believe in her dreams.
Anthony’s Complicated Life
Out of all the Ciccone kids, Madonna is definitely the most famous. However, the public and tabloids have kept up with her siblings throughout the years, for better or for worse. Madonna’s eldest sibling, Anthony, had quite a different path in life than his younger sister. Unfortunately, Anthony struggled with alcoholism for much of his life.
Throughout his life, Anthony experienced homelessness and entered rehab to treat his illness several times. Although Madonna and Anthony would exchange some bitter words over the years, she tried to financially help him whenever and however she could. Family isn’t always easy, that's for sure.
Madonna’s Family Grows
After her dad, Tony, married the family housekeeper, Joan, the two went on to have two kids together. So, on top of Madonna’s five siblings, she has two younger half-siblings. That’s a pretty big family! Her half-sister Jennifer was born in 1968, and her half-brother Mario was born a year later.
Both Jennifer and Mario like to stay out of the limelight, so not much is known about their relationship with Madonna. The singer doesn’t bring them up too much in interviews, so there’s no telling if they have a close relationship today. We do know that Madonna felt like, as a 10-year-old, she took care of them instead of her stepmom Joan.
No Love Lost
Any Madonna fan knows that she’s never been afraid to voice her distaste for her stepmother, Joan Ciccone. Growing up, she hated Joan for replacing her mother after she passed away, and the animosity continued to grow. Unfortunately, those hard feelings never faded even as Madonna grew into an adult.
As recently as the early 2000s, Joan has taken to the tabloids to bad-mouth Madonna. She accused the pop star of “refusing” to help out her dad even though she knew he was in financial straits. There’s no way to know how true Joan’s accusations are, but it’s pretty obvious that Madonna and Joan have never gotten along.