Single mum Madonna has defended her decision to date a much younger man, insisting her 24 year old boyfriend is an excellent male role model for her young sons.
The Like A Virgin hitmaker, 53, has been romancing French dancer Brahim Zaibat for over a year and insists he has become a positive father figure in her sons Rocco and David's lives.
She tells Harper's Bazaar, "(My sons) need a male role model as well. So I need to keep this in mind: What is this person modelling to my sons? What kind of man is he? What values does he have? What energy is he giving off?"
Zaibat is only nine years older than Madonna's eldest child, daughter Lourdes.