When Madonna decided she wanted to be a mother, she went the typical route—and joked about publishing
an advertisement with her request. The ad never made it to the papers, but she did find Carlos Leon, a personal trainer, suitable for “the fatherhood gig,” and insists that he wasn’t just used as “stud service.” In 1996, Madonna gave birth to her first child, Lourdes, at the age of 38. In 2000, a 41-year-old Madonna gave birth to a son, Rocco, with then-husband, director Guy Ritchie. When she announced that she was expecting, Madonna joked that she might as well call her son Baby Jesus. In recent years, Madonna has turned to adoption, welcoming David and Mercy, two children from Malawi, into her family.