'Sometimes it's a struggle': Madonna admits she's finding being a single mother of four hard work following divorce
03:42 GMT, 11 March 2012
It's not often the Queen of Pop will shed her tough exterior.
But Madonna has now let down her guard by opening up about life as a single mother.
And she has freely admitted she's been struggling since splitting from husband Guy Ritchie over three years ago.
Mum of four: Madonna has admitted she's finding it tough maintaining her pop career while looking after her children on her own for the last four years
The pop superstar has revealed in an interview with The Sun that it feels like her 'head is going to explode' as she continues to raise her four children alone.
The 53-year-old has been starting to feel the strain as she keeps concentrating on her music career at the same time.
Madonna is raising 15-year-old daughter Lourdes, as well as her 12-year-old son Rocco and David, six, as well as daughter Mercy, five.
Hard work: The Material Girl takes care of 15-year-old daughter Lourdes, 12-year-old Rocco and six-year-old David, pictured, as well as youngest daughter Mercy, five
And she's happy to admit even she is finding the workload and motherly duties difficult.
Madonna told The Sun: 'I'm not going to lie – it's hard working having four kids and doing all the work I do.'
Split: Madonna broke up from director Guy Ritchie in late 2008
The Material Girl split from the Sherlock Holmes director at the end of 2008.
And although she's now dating 24-year-old dancer Brahim Zaibat, Madonna has been raising the children alone.
She adds: 'Sometimes I cope with it very well. sometimes it's a struggle.'
The singer has even vented her thoughts about her relationship status through the release of her latest album MDNA.
On one particular track, I Don't Give A, Madonna sings about life as a single mother.
She sings: 'I tried to be a good girl/ I tried to be your wife/ Diminished myself/ And I swallowed my light.
'I tried to become all/ That you expect of me/ And if it was a failure/ I don't give a [bleep].'
And she's now confirmed the lyrics are about her life without a partner.
'It's about the life of a single mother,' she continues. 'It's a challenge juggling everything – multi-tasking is my middle name. I try to express that.'
Family time: The singer returned from a skiing trip with the youngsters and her toy boy boyfriend Brahim in January
Madonna also appears to be letting loose about her failed marriage in bonus track I F**ked Up.
In the song she appears to be accepting some blame for the breakdown of their relationship, singing; 'I blamed you when things didn't go my way/I could have just kept my big mouth shut.'