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The pop star also calls remarks by Giorgio Armani about her recent stage fall "total bulls---"

By Tim Nudd
Updated March 17, 2015 09:50 AM
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Seeing your oldest child head off to college is tough for anyone. Last fall, it hit Madonna like a ton of bricks.

When Lourdes, 18, left for the University of Michigan, it was “an absolutely devastating experience, I have to say,” the Material Girl, 56, says Tuesday in an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

She’d been warned, but she didn’t really believe how bad it would be.

“My sister said it to me when her son went away. I was like, ‘Oh my God, you’re being so dramatic.’ She was, like, bawling and bawling,” Madonna recalls. “And then my daughter left me, and I fell into the deepest depression. And I’m always so happy when she calls me and she says, ‘Mommy, I miss you’ or ‘I need you to rub my head.’ ”

On the plus side, it sounds like Lourdes has found a suitable boyfriend – a sophomore who’s a year older than her.

“He came to our house two weekends ago and spent the weekend with us,” Madonna says. “He’s a very sensible boy – young man, I shouldn’t say he’s a boy. He’s intelligent, so I’m happy about that.”

Speaking of young men, DeGeneres quizzes Madonna on whom she’s been dating over the past five or six years – and how young they’ve been.

“The youngest was, in the last six years, 22,” Madonna reveals, though she isn’t exactly happy with the question.

“Why is everyone so obsessed? Age is a number,” she says. “Until you’re walking with a zimmer frame, you can do whatever you want.”

Madonna also talks about her infamous fall at last month’s Brit Awards, and has some sharp words for Giorgio Armani, who designed the cape she was wearing and criticized her in the aftermath.

“For the first 30 seconds I got back on the stage, I’m sure I was the angriest matador to walk the planet,” she says. “The first thing that crossed my mind when I fell was not, like, ‘Oh my God, am I hurt? Oh my God.’ I was just like, ‘S—, I made a mistake. I want to start this again.’ ”

As for Armani’s remarks that Madonna was being difficult about the cape he designed, she has just a two-word response. That, she says, was “total bulls—.”

Madonna Felt Like She’d Lost Part of Herself When Lourdes Left for College