Madonna, 64, breaks up with boyfriend Andrew Darnell, 23, 'split after five months' as she suffers a 'crisis of confidence' over Grammys backlash
Madonna and her model boyfriend Andrew Darnell, who is 41 years her junior, are rumored to have called it quits after less than a year of dating.
Following their split, the Material Girl singer, 64, is reportedly experiencing a 'crisis of confidence' over their breakup and recent 'ageist and misogynistic' criticism of her appearance earlier this month.
'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,' a source told Page Six on Friday.
The insider continued: '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 former couple began dating shortly after the end of her three-year romance with former backup dancer Ahlamalik Williams, 28.
In September, she was first romantically linked to Darnell after they were spotted kissing at a party in New York City.
'They were definitely smooching,' Page Six reported, at the time. 'She and Andrew were being very openly affectionate all night, snuggling and cuddling in the booth.'
Her self-esteem is said to have been rattled by haters that took to social media to say she looked unrecognizable at the 2023 Grammy Awards,
In response to the backlash, the mother-of-six explained that her face was distorted during the show and looked puffier than it actually was due to a 'long lens camera.'
'Once again I am caught in the glare of ageism and misogyny that permeates the world we live in,' she wrote on her Instagram Story.
In her lengthy caption, Madonna called it an 'honor' to introduce Kim Petras — the first openly trans person to win a Grammy — as well as Sam Smith, who shared the duo award and became the first openly non-binary artist to win in the Best Pop Duo/Group Collaboration category.
She noted that she opted to introduce Petras, rather than presenting for the coveted Album of the Year prize, as she thought the former moment would be more important and befitting her trailblazing status.
But Madonna was annoyed at how people ignored her words and instead focused on her appearance.
'Instead of focusing on what I said in my speech which was about giving thanks for the fearlessness of artists like Sam and Kim- 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!!' she said.
'Once again I am caught in the glare of ageism and misogyny That permeates the world we live in.'
Madonna complained that she lived in a 'world that refuses to celebrate women pass the age of 45 And feels the need to punish her If she continues to be strong willed, hard-working and adventurous [sic].'
She continued, declaring that she wasn't about to start apologizing for 'any of the creative choices I have made nor the way that I look or dress and I’m not going to start.'
The Like A Prayer singer said that while she felt she has been 'degraded' since her earliest days of fame, 'I understand that this is all a test and I am happy to do the trailblazing so that all the women behind me can have an easier time in the years to come.'
Earlier this week, she seemingly admitted to getting plastic surgery in a candid new post as she gushed about 'how cute' she looked after 'that swelling from surgery' had 'gone down.'
Still, she didn't reveal exactly what kind of procedure she had or when she went under the knife.
In addition to facing scrutiny over her appearance and the end to her relationship, her much-anticipated biopic, starring Julia Garner, was scrapped in late January.
The U.S. Sun is reporting that the biopic, which was green-lit in 2020, was shelved due in part to Madonna's insistence on having 'near-total' control of the process on top of her bizarre 'circus antics' on social media.
The decision followed her announcement that she would be embarking on a 40th anniversary world tour.