Madge splits from toy­boy lover, 25

French dancer has ‘big plans’, is tired of be­ing known as ‘Mr Madonna’

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LON­DON: Madonna has bro­ken up with her lat­est toy­boy lover, 25- year- old French dancer Brahim Zaibat.

Zaibat, who dated the pop star for three years, is said to have grown tired of be­ing known as “Mr Madonna”. He re­cently ap­peared on the French ver­sion of Strictly Come Danc­ing, and friends say he has “big plans” for his ca­reer. Zaibat pre­vi­ously said his high-pro­file re­la­tion­ship with Madonna, 55, was a “hand­i­cap” to his own suc­cess.

Sources in Zaibat’s home city of Lyon, east­ern France, said he had been “ab­so­lutely de­lighted” about his role in the French danc­ing show.

A friend said: “He is far more as­sertive than be­fore. Brahim is no longer Madonna’s lit­tle boy – he wants to be known for who he is. He has big plans and wants to move on from the ‘Mr Madonna’ tag.”

The cou­ple met in Septem­ber 2010, shortly af­ter Madonna’s split from another younger lover, 26year- old Brazil­ian model Je­sus Luz.

The singer’s re­la­tion­ship with Zaibat is said to have suf­fered be­cause of their pun­ish­ing work sched­ules.

In the past few months, the cou­ple have rarely been pic­tured to­gether, with Zaibat in­stead reg­u­larly post­ing pic­tures of him­self with his dance part­ner, Ka­t­rina Patch­ett, on Twit­ter.

Mean­while, Madonna has re­cently been spend­ing time with her first hus­band, Sean Penn. The pair, who ended their four-year mar­riage in 1989, re­united for a char­ity trip to Haiti.

She mar­ried her sec­ond hus­band, Bri­tish film di­rec­tor Guy Ritchie in 2000, but they di­vorced eight years later. The cou­ple have a son, Rocco, 13. Madonna also has a 17-year-old daugh­ter, Lour­des, and has adopted two chil­dren from Malawi, David and Mercy.

In an in­ter­view in Oc­to­ber, Zaibat said that dat­ing a celebrity was “a hand­i­cap”, say­ing: “For ex­am­ple, some­times it is hard to know if peo­ple want to see me or her.”

But he ad­mit­ted she had helped him, adding: “It would take me days to tell you what she’s taught me.

“Pro­fes­sion­ally I’ve evolved at great speed… and she’s a real well of knowl­edge.” – Daily Mail

PIC­TURE: AP

‘HAND­I­CAP’: Brahim Zaibat, left, Madonna and de­signer Ric­cardo Tisci at­tend The Met­ro­pol­i­tan Mu­seum of Art’s Cos­tume In­sti­tute ben­e­fit, cel­e­brat­ing ‘PUNK: Chaos to Cou­ture’, in New York in May.

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