Madonna blames mobile phones for 'ending' her relationship with her older children

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Queen of Pop Madonna admits giving her older children mobile phones 'ended her relationship with them'.

The singer has said that providing her two eldest children with phones has had a negative impact on her relationship them, as their lives are dictated by technology.

It’s a daily chore for parents advising children to get off their phones, or to stop staring at their iPads and reduce their screen time.

And, even pop legend Madonna has complained of losing the bond with her children, Lourdes and Rocco, after they starting using smartphone technology.

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Since, she has made the decision not to give her 13-year-old son, David, a phone, after the relationship with her two eldest children was affected.

The 60-year-old mum-of-six in a recent interview with Vogue magazine said: 'I made a mistake when I gave my older children phones when they were 13.'

She added: '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.'

After deciding not to give her son David a mobile phone, the singer admits: 'He’s the one I have the most in common with. I feel like he gets me.'

Madonna also reveals her eldest daughter, Lourdes, has an unhealthy relationship with social media, admitting the criticism her daughter receives online has had a negative impact on her.

She said: 'She doesn’t have the same drive [as me] – and again, I feel social media plagues her and makes her feel like: ‘People are going to give me things because I’m [Madonna’s] daughter.’

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'I try to give her examples of other children of celebrities who have to work through that ‘Oh yeah, you’re the daughter of … ’ and then eventually you are taken seriously for what you do.”

This weekend, the single-mum announced the release of her new single, Rise, which is part of her new album Madame X that is set to be released in June.

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