Madonna Says Giving Her Kids Phones at Age 13 Ended Her Relationship With Them

May 6, 2019
9/15/2016 - Madonna arrives for the premiere of Ron Howard's The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years at the Odeon Leicester Square in London.

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If you're thinking of giving your kid their own smartphone, Madonna has a suggestion: Don't! “I made a mistake when I gave my older children phones when they were 13,” the 60-year-old mother of six tells Vogue in a new interview. "It ended my relationship with [my children>, really. Not completely, but it became a very, very big part of their lives. They became too inundated with imagery and started to compare themselves to other people, and that’s really bad for self-growth." She adds that her 22-year-old daughter Lourdes "doesn’t have the same drive [as me>...I feel social media plagues her and makes her feel like, 'People are going to give me things because I’m [Madonna’s> daughter.'"