Madonna and her siblings missed their mother terribly. However, it seems that Madonna developed a particular distaste for their dad’s new wife, Joan. According to Madonna, she bore the brunt of the housekeeping after her mother passed away. She and Joan did not get along.
She told “Time” in 1985 that she often felt like a real-life Cinderella because of the amount of work she had to do around the house. To this day, Madonna doesn’t really like to speak about her stepmother. When she does, though, she’s pretty vocal about how much she hated her as a kid and teenager. We guess there’s no love lost in that relationship.
A Traumatizing Childhood Event
When Madonna was only five years old, her mother passed away. She lost her battle with breast cancer on December 1, 1963. It was a huge loss for the whole family, especially because Madonna and her siblings were still very young. The loss of her mother hit Madonna hard, and it changed her outlook on life forever.
She told “Time,” that she thinks that made her grow up fast. Naturally, her mother’s death also deeply hurt her father. Even though Madonna was very young, she still noticed his grief. She saw her father going through changes also. He was obviously devastated and Madonna recalls how awful it was to see her father cry.
She Resented Her Stepmother
Madonna’s dad remarried pretty shortly after her mother died. Madonna and her siblings were not huge fans of their new stepmom, Joan. She worked for the family as a housekeeper before tying the knot with Tony Ciccone. In reality, this marriage was more likely one of convenience than “true love.”
Tony had a hard time taking care of his kids without his first wife by his side, so Madonna spent a few years shuffling back and forth between the homes of other family members. Tony was probably partially motivated to marry Joan as a way to help him out with raising his six kids, which is no easy feat.
She’s Always Been Vocal
When Madonna burst onto the music scene, she drew attention for her brazen sexuality and outspoken soundbites. As it turns out, Madonna has always been outgoing and unafraid to speak her mind. As a kid, she was always being told to “be quiet” by her parents, her teachers, and other adults in her life.
“Mouthing off comes naturally,” she proudly told “Time” back in the 80s. On top of her natural extroverted personality, Madonna always loved to be the center of attention. She was in every single performance and talent show held by her school. She loved being on stage from an early age.
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.