By Nabanita Pain
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Madonna and her model boyfriend Andrew Darnell have broken up, which has apparently contributed to her “confidence crisis.” According to a source, Madonna, 64, and Darnell, 23, have ended their relationship and he has found love with someone closer to his age. The announcement comes right after Madonna responded furiously to rumors about her swollen face at the Grammy Awards.
Madonna asserted that the images, which raised concerns about whether she had undergone excessive plastic surgery, were actually the product of a long-lens camera altering her face. She also claimed that “ageism” and “misogyny” were to blame for concerns about her appearance. According to Page Six, the source stated, “It was only a very casual thing [with Darnell] so she’s not broken-hearted. It’s just that it has come at a bad time. She’s having a bit of a crisis of confidence and this doesn’t help. She had a lot of fun with Andrew but it was never love or anything like that.”
The singer, who last scored a Billboard Top 10 success with ‘Hung Up’ in 2005, was also forced to abandon preparations for a much-anticipated biopic earlier this year following a dispute with Universal Pictures over the script. Sources claimed that she was upset when the studio tried to make the “gritty” script about her past life more humorous.
Madonna’s Grammys face controversy
The singer recently updated her social media account with a new picture of herself and the enigmatic caption: “Look how cute i am now that swelling from surgery has gone down. Lol.” Although the mother-of-six is acting bravely, the source claimed that Madonna was also offended by other things at the Grammy Awards on February 5. The ‘Like a Virgin’ singer introduced Kim Petras and Sam Smith from ‘Unholy’ on February 5 at the Grammys with an emotional speech honoring other “troublemaker” and “rebel” musicians. However, many viewers continued to focus on the singer’s allegedly plastic surgery-affected face.
While some of Madonna’s social media fans accused her of promoting her “own ageist agenda,” others expressed support. Supermodel Paulina Porizkova complimented the singer for igniting a conversation on “our cultural and societal biases and judgments.” One social media user commented, “Madonna is asking “Come up and See Me Sometime,” while another user said, “She needs to get together with one of these dudes…” as the caption to a picture of the Bogdanoff brothers. Another user commented saying, “Well she is “Spiritually hungry”.
Madonna is asking “Come up and See Me Sometime” pic.twitter.com/p1PFQAZQ9h
— Steve Evans (@sevans1956) February 21, 2023
Madonna responded to criticism of her appearance in a lengthy social media post published on February 7 after remarks regarding her face went viral online. She stated, “Many people chose to only talk about Close-up photos of me Taken with a long lens camera By a press photographer that Would distort anyone’s face!! Once again I am caught in the glare of ageism and misogyny That permeates the world we live in.” Madonna claimed in her post that she has endured criticism for a long time but has succeeded in overcoming it.
Andrew Darnell: Madonna’s ‘casually dating’ boyfriend
The 64-year-old and Darnell first met at a picture shoot shortly after Madonna ended her three-year relationship with backup dancer Ahlamalik Williams, 28, last year. Also, over Labor Day weekend, the ‘Like A Virgin’ superstar was seen “snuggling and cuddling” with her suspected then-model boyfriend.
An insider then stated, “Madonna is casually dating Andrew Darnell and although some of her friends think the fact that he is 23 is a bit strange, Madonna does not seem to care at all. She is living her best life right now and is having fun. Andrew gives her the kind of passion that she wants in her life right now and after her recent split, she just wants to have fun.”
Madonna is known for always reinventing herself, and according to the source, she still plans to make the most of 2023, which marks the 40th anniversary of ‘Holiday,’ her first big success, with her 35-city ‘Celebration’ tour, which has reportedly sold out many dates.