Conan O’Brien joked during his Late Night monologue on Friday night, “The New York Post reported that Madonna has changed her name to Esther. That’s true. I’m not lying. This is the real part, okay? Changed her name to Esther. Yeah, when asked why she chose the name, Madonna said, ‘Esther was an ancient queen, and so are most of my fans’.”
Madonna Cleans It Up
June 17, 2004 – ‘Extra’ has a preview of Madonna’s ’20/20′ interview to be broadcast on Friday. Madonna, having adopted the ancient Hebrew name, Esther, tells ABC’s Cynthia McFadden that she wanted to attach her energy to a different name. Her mother, who was also named Madonna, died of cancer at age 30.
Kelly Brook Rejects Madonna’s Kabbalah Overtures
June 17, 2004 – The Sun reports actress Kelly Brook has rejected Kabbalah after being introduced to it by Madonna. “Many friends have explained Kabbalah to me but my parents have already taught me to live by the principles,” she said. “One is doing things for others without expecting anything in return. I do that anyway.”
Madonna Urges Her Fans To See ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’
June 17, 2004 – MTV News reports Madonna urged fans during her concert Wednesday night at New York’s Madison Square Garden to go see Michael Moore’s provocative new film, ‘Fahrenheit 9/11.’ “I don’t think I’ve ever cried so hard at a movie in my life,” Madonna said during a break in her performance. “And I’m sure I still have a lot to learn from it.” Read more.
Madonna: Call Me Esther
June 17, 2004 – The queen of reinvention has done it again. Madonna tells ABC News’ ’20/20′ that she has taken on the Hebrew name of Esther, explaining that, “I was named after my mother. My mother died when she was very young, of cancer, and I wanted to attach myself to another name.” She also talks more about her study of Jewish mysticism known as Kabbala, which she believes is “incredibly punk rock” and anti-establishment. Watch Cynthia McFadden’s exclusive interview with Madonna on ’20/20′ Friday night at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
Guy Ritchie Writing Kabbalah Novel
June 15, 2004 – The Sun reports Guy Ritchie is penning a novel about Kabbalah. “Guy has taken to Kabbalah just as much as his wife,” an insider revealed. “The book is his effort at telling people about the scientific side to Kabbalah teachings and how it changed his life for the better. Madonna has been giving him pointers on his writing style and she is helping him research the content. She reckons the book is smart and hilarious at times. But other friends are concerned this obsession with Kabbalah is going too far.” Read more.
Guy Ritchie Was Suspicious About Kabbalah Initially
June 13, 2004 – The Glasgow Daily Record reports Madonna’s husband Guy Ritchie has admitted he thought the Kabbalah cult was only after his wife’s money. “I was intrigued but sceptical and very, very suspicious because I thought they were targeting my wife for the simple reason that she was rich and they wanted her money,” Ritchie admitted. But he is now a confirmed member after meeting founder Rabbi Philip Berg.
Madonna Faints After Concert?
June 10, 2004 – Jeannette Walls of MSNBC.com reports Madonna reportedly fainted following a recent concert in Inglewood, California, and fans are worried about the health of the perfectionist performer. “She didn’t faint but she was certainly suffering from exhaustion,” Madonna’s rep said. Read more.