Lourdes Leon tells “jealous” Madonna to “stop picking on” Lady Gaga

Madonna and Lady Gaga have been going back and forth with each other for a while. By my memory, I think the simmering feud really got a kick-start when everyone heard Gaga’s then-new single for “Born This Way” and everyone was like, “Um, that sounds a lot like Madonna’s ‘Express Yourself’ right?” Madonna called Gaga reductive and Lady Gaga made some pointed comments about Madonna’s age and Madge even “covers” part of “Born This Way” in her latest tour, during a medley which also pointedly features “Express Yourself”. But you know who we haven’t heard from yet? Madonna’s 15-year-old daughter Lourdes. According to The Enquirer, Lola loves Gaga and Lola wants her mom to “stop picking on” poor Gaga.

Madonna’s embarrassed teen daughter Lourdes keeps telling her mom: Knock off your infamous feud with Lady Gaga – it makes you look like a jealous old fool!

“Loudes is 15; a lot closer to Lady Gaga’s age than her mom is… and like most every girl her age, she absolutely adores Gaga,” said a family friend. “It embarrasses her hugely that her mother constantly picks on Gaga. Lourdes, who’s wise beyond her years, knows Madonna’s doing herself more harm than good – and that she’d be better off locking arms than horns with her rival.”

But Madonna’s turning a deaf ear.

“She’s jealous of Gaga’s success since her own latest album didn’t do so well,” said another friend. “And it doesn’t help that many pals have commented that her daughter bears a striking resemblance to Lady Gaga – a comparison Lourdes loves, and her mom hates!”

[From The Enquirer, print edition]

Eh. I still think that Madonna’s medley-cover of “Born This Way” was a clever and exquisitely bitchy way to poke Gaga. Maybe Madge should stop with the bitching and commenting about Gaga being “reductive” though? But even then, I think Madge has every right to say something. Gaga stole Madge’s shtick, and whenever Madge points it out, Gaga’s monsters are all “OMG, BULLYING!” But… Madonna is jelly. I think most artists are jelly of the kind of success Gaga has had in such a short time. And Gaga’s fanbase are made up of the same people that used to be die-hard Madge-loonies too. So… in that instance, Lola has a point. Still, who wants to listen to a teenager?

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  1. Jayna says:

    So made up. Who knows what Lourdes and Madonna feels. The Enquirer never gets private conversations in Madonna’s life. Lourdes isn’t stupid. Mom has raised her to understand this and be wary what she says. Lourdes seems to be having a ball working on her mom’s tour in the costume department dressing the dancers every show. Madonna’s tour is already on track to be the highest grossing solo tour of all time besting her own record.

    So Madonna’s fanbase is still massive, just like U2s, but older popstars never sell as many records like the Biebers of the popworld sell with a teen fanbase. Madonna’s album will sell 3 million worldwide. Young popstars have a fanatical teenbase that live on the Internet. Nothing new. It’s just that the little monsters are particularly vicious. Gaga’s tour is doing fantastic also. But many aren’t as enamoured of her as they were during the Fame/Fame Monster era. All is well in the pop world.

  2. Dhavy says:

    I hate when celebrity kids bitch about their famous parents and yet they never complain about the benefits of having the kind of life a lot of other teens wish to have. If this is true then she’s a spolied brat..don’t bite the hand that feeds you dear Lourdes

  3. cupidityrox! says:

    Expect Magde super stan to pop up here in.. 5..4..3..2..1
    Hello Luke!

  4. Liberty says:

    I kind of think they all have a point. Madonna did come up with the whole premise and presentation back in the day, and considering herself an artist, may feel plagiarized. Lady G did take a bit further (faster money and more tech than in the 80s) so she is more than a tribute band. AND we can point to Madonna’s influences too. But Lourdes is rightin the end: pack in the big J already, the world knows what you did and rewarded you, so STFU and enjoy the show.

  5. Po says:

    Some artist can age gracefully and move on to be seen as mentors to the younger ones and then you have Madonna. I remember about 10 or 12 years ago when people where praising Madonna for her ability to evolve over the decades but now she seems to be regressing with the lack of attention. I still think she was one of the best when it comes to putting on a show because I was a child when MTV still played videos all day and the awards were one of the best. I just think she’s embarrassing herself right now. Just my opinion.

  6. lucy2 says:

    I kind of doubt this is a factual story, but I will say that Lourdes does have plenty of opportunities to be embarrassed by her mother.

  7. MKYarwood says:

    Time to move on, lady. She should just spend a little time actually working on new music, and come back with an evolved style. Nothing sadder than someone who can’t get an image of themselves as a certain person out of their heads.

  8. Waldemar says:

    She will never “lock arms” with Gaga, her die-hard fans will never allow it. That is also why she has commented on and is doing that Express Yourself/Born This Way thing (it is not a medley, she only sings one chorus of BTW and she sings Express Yourself fully). Her fans want it and LOVE it.

    Madonna can still put on the BEST show on earth. Went last saturday to see MDNA and it was fantastic. The energy that woman has is amazing.

  9. only1shmoo says:

    I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again, Madonna is a blatant hypocrite for calling out Gaga for “copying” Express Yourself. “Express Yourself” is a rip-off of “Respect Yourself” by the Staple Singers, so Madge doesn’t even have 0.5 cm of room to judge! Gah, I just hate that kind of unfairness >: (

    • Jaded says:

      Right on! Her whole schtick rips off other female entertainers all the way back to Josephine Baker for god’s sake! Remember Janis Joplin and Cyndi Lauper? Madonna is the most unoriginal entertainer (if you can call her that) in the universe and to call Gaga derivative is pot calling kettle black.

    • Kristina says:

      Have you ever even heard Respect Yourself by The Staple Sisters? It doesn’t take much time to look it up on YouTube and hear that they don’t sound anything alike. The title of each song is the only thing that’s similar. I love how crazy Gaga fans will try to justify how born this way sounds like express yourself by mentioning a song they’ve never even heard other than by other “monsters” saying Madonna copied first.

      • Minty says:

        NO, the part where Madonna clearly lifted the music (not words) from Respect Yourself is when she sings:

        Express yourself
        You’ve got to make him
        Express himself
        Hey hey hey hey

        Not everyone who criticizes Madonna is automatically a Gaga fan, so quit using that tired excuse. I don’t listen to either of them. BUT, Gaga hasn’t been successfully sued for plagiarism. Yet.

        Madonna has.
        1. Frozen is permanently banned in Belgium because it plagiarized a song by Belgian songwriter Salvatore Acquaviva.

        2. Erotica, both song & album, are banned in Lebanon because it plagiarized the work of Lebanese singer Fairuz. Fairuz sued and won an undisclosed settlement.

        3. She was sued by the son of deceased fashion photographer Guy Bourdin, for plagiarizing his father’s photos in her “Hollywood” music video. It was called a visual theft job and the copying is so obvious. She lost and paid him off. The terms of the settlement forbid him to discuss the dollar amount.

        Hell, Ray Of Light is a reworking of a 1971 song called Sepheryn, by Curtiss Maldoon. No lawsuit there, so perhaps she actually got permission first to copy that time.

        Is it any surprise she had her lawyers put a gag order on the case details? If she had nothing to hide, it wouldn’t be necessary. She’s a plagiarist who must maintain the illusion that she’s original. And her fans are buying into her bullsh-t.

      • Ann Emmess says:

        I’ve never seen anything so damning about any artist, as that webpage that posts the *hundreds* of original sources next to Madonna’s slavishly literal copies. It completely wiped any respect I’d had for her.

  10. Lizzie K says:

    Who knows how much, if any, of this is true, but one thing is for sure … even Madonna can’t stop time. Her latest stunts of flashing her nipple and dropping trou provoked more derision than shock and outrage. She’s not the cutting edge anymore. The moving finger writes, and all that.

  11. Amsterdamned says:

    Go Lourdes…while you at it, just tell her 2 grow up, in general.thnk you, dear!
    Madge, your Madonna! What else would a garl want more..

  12. G says:

    Is Madonna so old that she has forgotten that she did not invent her OWN reductive schtick?

    My God, leave Gaga alone and move on. BTW Gaga’s fans would not have belonged to Madonna. They’re way too young,

  13. serena says:

    Lola resembles Gaga? Like hell, she is the brunette spitting image of her mother.
    As if, she should be embarassed of what she said.. At this point, I believe everybody knows that Gaga is the modern Madonna (from image to songs). So..her point is?

  14. valleymiss says:

    Madonna is a nostalgia act. Look, I don’t mean that in a rude way. Who doesn’t love nostalgia? But Madge needs to accept that nobody wants to hear new music from her. They wanna go to her shows and hear the hits. It happens to every musical act at some point – ppl stop clamoring for new music and just want to hear the hits. Thus, her album bombed. Hey, kudos to Madonna for even trying to release new music. Just like the Rolling Stones and Aerosmith and U2, who are huge in concert but don’t have the album sales they used to.

    If Madonna was smart, she’d lobby to be a judge on an American Idol type of show. I’m sure she’d think it was beneath her, and yeah, she’s never had the strongest voice, but neither did Paula Abdul. But can you imagine Madge mentoring/critiquing/giving out bitchy advice? Lol it would be awesome. I would SO watch – and I don’t watch Idol. Madonna is iconic and managed to do a lot with little talent, so she could advise others in her British accent.

    Lola is smart…she knows her Mom looks bitter and out of touch the more she acts out towards Gaga!

  15. Lisa says:

    lol. Shouldn’t Madonna be happy that she inspired someone? If she’s as influential as everyone claims, then she should be proud to see something she partly innovated be brought around for another generation.

    • NadineK says:

      Well since lady gaga have said that BTW was inspired by whitney houston and kept her mouth shut when ppl said it was very similar to Express yourself i think madonna should fight back and she did…in a very clever way

      • Egypt says:

        I know! Madonna isn’t even really picking on Gaga. She didn’t even have to say anything bc everyone already knows born this tipsters off Express Yourself. Gaga always loves to play the victim and her fans do the same. Gaga’s whole thing is saying one thing and doing something else so most of her defenders are just gullible people.

  16. Christian says:

    Umm…Born This Way didn’t sell that well either. I find it funny that MDNA suffered the biggest tumble from number one on the charts, a record that had been previously set by Born This Way.

  17. Moi says:

    Ya that top pic makes me uncomfortable. The apple doesn’t fall far from that tree.

  18. christa says:

    Go Lourdes! Madonna needs to stop picking on Lady Gaga. I do not see any similarities other than hair color between Gaga and Madge.

  19. Shy says:

    Whatever. All those other artists come, have some 3-5 years of fame and then disappear. And Madonna is still here. After all those years. It’s amazing. Simply amazing.

    I used to like Gaga’s songs. But then she had weak album and choose bad songs as singles. The best songs on her album are “Americano” and “Bloody Mary”. And she didn’t release it. And became quite boring. She was like everywhere with her dresses. And she still wears those over the top dresses but no one really cares. She became boring. At least for me.

    I wonder where Gaga will be in 10 years. Because Madonna will be releasing another album at 60 and will go to another tour :)

  20. Meghan says:

    Sounds like complete BS to me. Do they have their rooms under video surveillance to get word for word conversations from them? Lola’s likely to be privy to things that have gone on behind the scenes (i.e. she’s aware that Gaga lied about the email of approval she claimed she got from Madonna, she gets to talk to people who LG has tried to snatch up from Madonna’s team like her personal tour dresser, former best friend, trainer, best friend & photographer, makeup artist, etc), so I’d say she’s aware of why Madonna gave Gaga a slight slap on the hand in a tongue-in-cheek way. Grace Jones was more blunt about Gaga copying her, so was Bette Midler, Kerli, Roisin Murphy, and other artists that Gaga didn’t credit (some she denied taking inspiration from like Bette’s mermaid in a wheelchair skit). LG responded in her typical passive aggressive way. Gaga also credited Whitney Houston for BTW, yet she was dressed in Blond Ambition attire while doing dance moves from that Madonna tour. Laurieann Gibson and others from Gaga’s team dissed Madonna, when Madonna had only been supportive of Gaga and considered her a friend (she invited her to private events). Laurieann later admitted they ripped off Madonna on purpose & stated that Madonna should be bitter about it. At that point, Madonna had not made a comment. Even when Madonna said the comparisons between EY and BTW felt reductive, she still complimented LG a lot as a person and artist in that interview and others, even recently. LG has recreated Madonna’s whole career from her life story/experiences, quotes, music, videos, looks, stunts, and other things. Maybe LG should come up with her own identity, especially if she keeps denying Madonna’s influence when asked about specific things (like BTW… she said comparisons were “retarded” when countless critics pointed out the similarities nearly a year before Madonna said anything). LG’s passive aggressive & an hypocrite too, always coming out as an advocate for anti-bullying when her fans are the worst bullies and have attacked every major artist (they’ve been going after Madonna since 2008), and her team & friends are also bullies. Her self-victimizing speech was full of shade, yet she claimed she (and her fans) was above that. So was her long-winded & passive aggressive article in V Magazine that not only thew shade Madonna’s way, but also did so toward other artists

    And how is Madonna “constantly picking on” LG? She made one comment about LG’s song (well, Madonna’s own song) and inserted seconds of said song into her tour. LG and team have thrown more dirt Madonna’s way in the past year and up until recently. I don’t understand why Madonna has to keep taking it and isn’t allowed to even make a joke directed toward the opposite side.

  21. Stivin says:

    Madonna was, is and always will be a Genius especially when it comes to Her career, image and the media. Lourdes only made an appearance because of recent cone bra photos and the smoking story that broke a while back, she’s out of this and she’s to smart, like her Mother, to have said or done any of that garbage. Madonna and Stefani will have the last laugh on the entire world when this “feud” comes to an end…this has all been part of their plan to cause a commotion and have all eyes on, whom you ask!?!, Madonna and Stefani!!! Like it or not Madonna has worked to long and hard dedicating Her life to nothing, with the exception of Her children, but Her Art. It’s a safe bet to say Madonna will come out on TOP, obviously, if the Queen Of pop through history has taught us anything it’s to never bet against Her. As for Pop Princess, Stefani, only time will tell if she and her fantistic career have the staying power and loyal fans of Her Majesty, Madonna.

    ps. Queen Of Pop, MADONNA, speaking on Brazilian TV, quipped that she helped write ‘Born This Way’, saying: “I’m a really big fan of ‘Born This Way’. I’m glad that I helped Gaga write it.” MaDoNnA Tuesday, July 24, 2012