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Thursday, June 17, 2004
Madonna Cleans It Up

Forget Madge, the Material Girl or even Madonna, just call herů Esther? That's right, the word from Madonna at the New York stop of her "Re-invention" tour is that the Kabbalah queen has adopted the ancient Hebrew name, Esther. Madonna was even spotted in Los Angeles sporting a necklace adorned with an "E."

Everywhere we turn, Madonna seems to be opening up. She was seen chatting with "Fahrenheit 9/11" filmmaker Michael Moore backstage at her concert, Wednesday night, and Friday, in an exclusive interview with "20/20," she explains her new name. The pop queen 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.

As for life at home with her husband, Guy Ritchie, and her two children, Madonna reveals the reigning philosophy of her household: "Clean up your mess. Even my children have to clean up their mess, clean their rooms, manners, thank you, pick up your dishes, gratitude, being grateful -- that has to happen."

And when it comes to having used sex to propel her career, Madonna says she doesn't regret it, but insists that it's in her past. As for what she does regret, Madonna admits that at times she has acted selfishly, bringing chaos to other people's lives.

You can catch the entire interview with Madonna, Friday night on ABC's "20/20."

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