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Madonna will always be celebrated in the world of music, especially today (August 16th). Why? Because it’s her birthday!

The Material Girl will be turning 55 years old; but when it comes to Madge, age is really just a number.

Madonna has continuously tried to re-invent herself throughout the years and succeeded; an accomplishment that certainly validates Time heralding her as one of the “25 Most Powerful Women of the Past Century” for being such an influential figure in contemporary music.

And influence is definitely a precursor to fascination. It’ll have you wanting to know as much about a person as you possibly can.

So of course, we at GlobalGrind decided to compile a list of 9 Madgestic things you probably didn’t know about Madonna.

Check out all the interesting facts below!


1. Madonna was given the nickname “Little Noni” as a child because she shares the same name as her mother.


2. Madonna granted her entire music catalog to the Fox TV series Glee.


3. Madonna is said to be distant relatives with Gwen Stefani, Mark Wahlberg, Ellen DeGeneres and Celine Dion. She’s also said to be related to her pop successor Lady Gaga. According to celebrity genealogist Chris Child, the two are ninth cousins once removed.


4. Even though Madonna is clearly wearing orange in this picture, it’s been said that she hates the color.


5. Madonna suffers from the condition brontophobia. That’s a horrible fear of thunder.


6. At different points, Madonna dated Vanilla Ice, Tupac, John F. Kennedy, Jr., Antonio Banderas, Lenny Kravitz, Dennis Rodman, and the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.


7. While filming her iconic “Material Girl” music video, Madonna started dating Sean Penn and the two married on her 27th birthday.


8. Madonna lost her virginity in the back of a Cadillac. It was revealed by her brother Christopher Ciccone in his book, Life With My Sister Madonna.


9. Madonna really doesn’t give a fuck sometimes! She said the “F” word 13 times on Late Night With David Letterman back in 1994. The episode became the most censored in American network television talk-show history, as well as some of Letterman’s highest ratings in his late-night career.

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