The Upper West Side rumble between Madonna and her co-op board roils on. Let’s recap the situation: Back in 2008, Madonna bought a second apartment at 41 Central Park West, a.k.a. Harperley Hall for $7.3 million, adding the Upper West Side residence to her coterie of homes “around the world.” But in April of this year, the Material Girl sued the co-op board, alleging that they’d illegally changed the terms of her proprietary lease to ban her children, friends, and employees from living in the unit while she wasn’t there. According to Page Six, the new lease also blocked anyone under the age of 16 from living in the apartment without an “adult over the age of 21 present.”
While the co-op board changed the rules in 2014, Madonna stated in the suit that she had not informed of the new reality until late last year. Until yesterday, though, neither side had given any concrete indication of who, exactly, was staying in the duplex when Madonna was away, touring, or dwelling at another one of her global residences.
But the mystery is now solved: Page Six reports that the culprit/victim is her 20-year-old daughter Lourdes, model and student at the University of Michigan. How do we know this? According to Page Six, Madonna’s attorney “wrote a to a Manhattan judge that Madonna was ‘entitled’ to have her ‘adult daughter’ live in the apartment.” (Madonna does have three other children—Rocco (16), David Banda (11), and Mercy James (10)—but none of them are adult daughters.) The co-op board itself has made no specific complaints against Lourdes.
In the suit, Madonna’s lawyer argues the board is trying to “harass and intimidate” the star, saying that the new requirements mean “she would have to boot guests even if she stepped out to go to the market,” Page Six says. Her lawyer has asked the court to define “in residence” and decide if her use of the place meets that criteria.
This is not Madonna’s first time at this particular rodeo. In 2013, she ran into problems trying to expand a different unit in the building (she eventually sold it at a discount), and that was after she’s been sued by a fellow tenant for playing loud music and dancing. Then, earlier this year, she had some issues across town, after she installed unofficial signage to prevent common folk from parking outside her Upper East Side megamansion. Oh, the trials of fame!