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The always immaculately dressed little Lourdes was also often her mom's plus-one at child-friendly events, such as gallery openings.And while Lourdes enjoyed her independence as she got older, she wasn't too cool to hit the red carpet with mom at a Oscars party or sit with her in the front row at Fashion Week.During the nine months of court dates and back-and-fourth, Madonna would post tender messages to Rocco on Instagram and during one of her concerts that March she dedicated "La Vie en Rose" to her son."That is my son, who I mentioned earlier," she told an audience in New Zealand. It's a love song for a man, but I know he'll be one, one day."He is actually 15 and it's true, there is no love stronger than a mother for her son. I hope he hears this somewhere and knows how much I miss him."Lourdes was away at college by then, but mother and daughter's relationship reportedly remained strong despite the turmoil on the home front.
Meanwhile, it seems as if it was just yesterday that the world was all aflutter over Madonna being pregnant with her first child, news the Material Girl received while in the middle of shooting , a role that defined "passion project" for the star."At first I was a little bit shocked but then I thought, This is a little bit perfect because I'm getting two things I want more than anything, at the same time," the pop icon told Winfrey in 1997 when she sat down for her first interview since Lourdes' birth.So now I look into my daughter's eyes and I see that recognition, and it is so extraordinary, that feeling, and I think that it is going to heal a lot of the pain that I felt growing up without a mother." She revealed that, while Mother's Day had always been a depressing day for her, Mother's Day 1996 was when she felt her baby kick for the first time.Asked what the number-one thing she wanted to teach her daughter, Madonna replied, simply, "self-respect."And what would she teach her about men?In 1996, with no Twitter or other central social media platform to use to congratulate or criticize celebrities on, people must have reacted to Madonna's pregnancy in a generally sensible manner, right?"'Well the world knows, and I feel like my insides have been ripped open,'" Winfrey read aloud an April 17, 1996, entry from an expectant Madonna's diary.