Madonna chooses new name
June 18, 2004
NEW YORK — Call her Esther: That's the Hebrew name Madonna has chosen for
herself as a follower of Kabbalah, or Jewish mysticism.
US singer Madonna receives an award during the NRJ awards ceremony in Cannes, Jan 2004|
Photo - AFP
"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," the singer says in an interview on ABC television's "20/20,"
airing on Friday. "This is in no way a negation of who my mother is
... I wanted to attach myself to the energy of a different name."
During the interview, Madonna wears the red string around her
wrist that is a symbol of the Jewish mysticism, though she wears it
beneath her watch. She says she's sensitive when critics suggest
her interest in Kabbalah is just a trend.
"I'm a little bit irritated that people think that it's like
some celebrity band wagon that I've jumped on, or that, say,
somebody like Demi (Moore) has jumped on," the 45-year-old says.
"We don't take it lightly. ...
"Paris Hilton did come to the Kabbalah Centre once, because her
parents brought her ... and they wanted to help her and they were
desperate and they brought her there and she had a meeting and she
left and she never came back and suddenly, Paris Hilton studies
Kabbalah. I mean that's what happens and people ... they don't know
the whole story." – Sapa-AP
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