Madonna says life would be easier for her children if they had a different mother

Katie O'Malley

Madonna has said that life would be “less challenging” for her children if they didn’t have her as a mother.

The singer has two biological children, daughter Lourdes and son Rocco, and four adopted children from Malawi – David, Mercy and twins Estere and Stella.

During an interview on Friday night’s Graham Norton Show, the star said that her fame undoubtedly takes a toll on her family.

“I think they wish I wasn’t Madonna,” the 60-year-old said of her children.

“I think it would be less challenging in their minds if they didn’t have me as their mother.”

Discussing the family’s move from the US to Lisbon, Portugal, the star explained the move was so that her son, David, could attend a football academy in Europe.

As a result, Madonna – who released her album Madame X on Friday –said she found herself surprisingly becoming “a soccer mum”.

“I surprised myself,” she joked.

“Barcelona and Turin were an option, but I couldn’t see myself living there. It would have been a lot easier if he’d liked music!”

When asked whether she is an avid spectator at her son’s football matches, she said: “I admit I only watch when he’s playing. If he’s on the bench, I’m on my phone.”

Madonna’s comments come months after she said she became “a little bit depressed” as a result of the transatlantic move and struggling to make friends.

In an interview with DJ Trevor Nelson during an MTV live-streamed interview in April, the star said: "So I went [to Lisbon], and I thought it was going to be like super fun and adventurous, but then I found myself going to school, picking up kids, and going to soccer matches and really being 'Netty no-mates', and I got a little bit depressed."

Later in her interview with Norton, the singer opened up about her shows at the London Palladium later this year and said she was excited but anxious to perform.

“I’m feeling anxiety right now,” Madonna told the show’s host. “Every time feels like the first time.”

“I can see everyone (in London) and they can see me, which you can’t in a stadium or sports arena.

Watch Madonna’s full interview on The Graham Norton Show tonight on BBC One at 10.35pm.