AceShowbiz - Madonna is seemingly not really dating Josh Popper. If a new report is to be believed, the 64-year-old Queen of Pop's new "romance" with the boxing coach is just to "promote" his gym.
Page Six reported on Thursday, March 2 that the "Like a Virgin" hitmaker and the 29-year-old "Summer House" boxing coach are not literally in a romantic relationship. Friends told the outlet that the loved-up photos of the so-called couple, which both of them posted to Instagram, were simply to help him with publicity. The boxer is coaching the singer's son David to take part in a charity boxing match and asked her to help publicize his Bredwinners gym in Manhattan.
"He's a good-looking guy, but Madonna isn't looking for love at the moment," one of the pals explained. "Josh has been training her son and she's impressed. She said she would help him promote the gym."
The so-called inside source went on to say, "He's up-and-coming and has just appeared in a reality show on Bravo, so he is eager to get attention with Madonna." Still, the insider clarified, "That's not to rule out any romance in the future.. but for now things are strictly platonic."
"Madonna has lots of other things in her life that she needs to concentrate on," the informant further shared. "The most important thing is being with her family as they mourn her brother.. She is particularly worried about her dad and is spending time with him."
Madonna's oldest brother, Anthony Ciccone, passed away on February 25, at the age of 66, after a troubled life of alcohol and drug addiction. In 2011, he was said to be living under a bridge in the family's native Michigan.
Back to Madonna's dating life, before reportedly romancing Josh, Madonna was in a relationship with her model lover Andrew Darnell. On February 23, however, Page Six confirmed that they're no longer together because the 23-year-old has found romance with someone closer to his own age. "It was only a very casual thing [with Andrew] so she's not broken-hearted. It's just that it has come at a bad time," said an informant.
"She's having a bit of a crisis of confidence and this doesn't help," the so-called insider went on to explain. It's also said that though Madge "had a lot of fun with Andrew," it was "never love or anything like that."