By peoplestaff225
Updated July 24, 2008 03:30 PM

Though rumors about pop singer Madonna‘s personal life continue to swirl, her daughter Lourdes Maria, with ex-boyfriend Carlos Leon, is living her life as normally as the child of a pop megastar can.

"Look at me and the way I live: I ride my bicycle, I walk, I don’t havea driver," says Carlos. "That’s how I keep her [Lourdes] grounded. Her mom does agood job too — she’s not that person that everyone thinks. She’s verylaid back and cool."

Carlos and Lourdes, or "Lola" as he calls her, are often photographed together on the streets of New York City. The proud pop says the father-daughter bond has strengthened as Lourdes, 11 ½, has aged.

The two even share a love of music, swapping tips on favorites like Alicia Keys, Audioslave and Beck. "I like everything she listens to," says Carlos.

As for who is doling out the parental discipline, Carlos claims most of that responsibility falls onto Lourdes’ famous mom:

Source:; Photo by MLM/FAME.