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The joy of six! Madonna, 64, unveils her sixth toyboy, 29

- By Emma Powell Deputy Showbusine­ss News Editor

She has long rejected ‘convention­al choices’ when it comes to her love life.

And showing that old habits die hard, Madonna has unveiled her new toyboy – the latest in a line of six young men to have graced her arm.

The singer, 64, does not appear to be too sad after her split from 23-year-old Andrew Darnell, with reports she has moved on to a boxer 35 years her junior. Pictures shared to Instagram show her playfully squeezing Josh Popper’s tattooed biceps at a New York gym.

Another shows the 6ft 4in, 17st heavyweigh­t, who reportedly coaches one of her children, posing with his arm around the singer, who is dressed head-to-toe in black and wearing dark sunglasses.

Mr Popper wrote: ‘I got some good people by my side.’

Madonna dated model Darnell for around five months, but was not believed to be ‘broken hearted’ when they split. ‘It was only a very casual thing. It’s just that it has come at a bad time,’ a source told US website Page Six. ‘She had a lot of fun with Andrew but it was never love or anything like that.’

The pair, who were pictured kissing at a party in New York in September, started dating after her split from 28-year-old dancer Ahlamalik Williams, who she spent the pandemic with. The mother of six has dated a string of younger men in the wake of her 2008 split from second husband Guy Ritchie, with whom she has son Rocco, 22.

She dated Brazilian model Jesus Luz, 28 years her junior, for a year before they split in 2010 amid reports Luz feared they did not have enough in common.

She then dated 25-year-old backing dancer Brahim Zaibat when she was 55. The pair shared an onstage kiss during a performanc­e in Porto Alegre in 2012.

After this, she went on to date Dutch dancer Timor Steffens – who was almost three decades younger than her.

Madonna, whose first husband was actor Sean Penn, told Nightline in 2012: ‘I didn’t choose to... I didn’t write down on a piece of paper I’m now going to have a relationsh­ip with a younger man. That’s just what happened. You see, that’s the romantic in me. I just met someone that I cared for, and this happened to be his age.

‘I don’t want to live my life on my own. I’ve never lived a convention­al life, so I think it’s quite foolish for me or anyone else to start thinking that I am going to start making convention­al choices.’

 ?? ?? Dancer: Ahlamalik Williams
New beau: The star, in dark sunglasses and an all-black outfit, with Josh Popper
Dancer: Ahlamalik Williams New beau: The star, in dark sunglasses and an all-black outfit, with Josh Popper
 ?? ?? Age gap: With Brazilian model Jesus Luz
Age gap: With Brazilian model Jesus Luz
 ?? ?? Lover: With Timor Steffens in 2014
Lover: With Timor Steffens in 2014
 ?? ?? Recent ex: Andrew Darnell, 2
Recent ex: Andrew Darnell, 2
 ?? ?? Stage kiss: Brahim Zaibat
Stage kiss: Brahim Zaibat

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