Madonna celebrate her eldest daughter today! The Vogue singer took to Instagram Lourdes Leon‘s 26th birthday to gush over her beautiful first child. “Happy birthday Lourdes Maria!” she wrote alongside a row of festive emojis. “I’m so proud of the woman, artist, person—-you’ve become! Never forget who you are little STAR…….shine brighter than all the stars in the sky @lourdesleon.” The pop icon completed the post with a row of star emojis. The loving caption accompanied a video slideshow of photos, starting with a stunning black and white headshot of professional model Lourdes. The collection was accompanied by her song “Little Star” and included several photos of Madonna snuggling her growing daughter over the years.
Many of the Queen of Pop’s 18.5 million followers took to the comments section to gulp about Lourdes’ big day and Madge’s heartfelt comments. “Our little star. Your millions of gay god fathers wish you a very happy birthday, Lourdes. It’s been a pleasure watching you grow up,” one follower quipped, while another wrote: “She’s so beautiful and talented! You did well Mom! Happy birthday Lourdes!” A third responded, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” Julia Fox also jumped into the discussion and wrote: “Happy birthday lola baby!!!!” next to a lipstick kiss emoji.
Madonna welcomed Lourdes on October 14, 1996 with then partner, fitness trainer Carlos Leon. She is the eldest of Madonna’s six children, including younger brothers Rocco Ritchie22, David Banda17, and sisters Grace James17, and twins Stella and Esther Ciccone10. Lourdes opened up about her upbringing in an interview in October 2021, insisting she didn’t get any “handouts” growing up with the massive star.
“We don’t get handouts in my family,” she said Maintenance magazine for an article published on her 25th birthday. “Obviously, I grew up with extreme privilege. It is not denied. But I think my mom saw all these other kids of famous people, and she was like, ‘My kids aren’t going to be like that.'” Lourdes also said she was completely self-sufficient, paying for her own college and apartment.