Five professional collaborations that carried on in the bedroom...
A former boyfriend of Madonna in Michigan, Steve again hooked up
with the young upstart in New York when he became the drummer of
her band Emmy. Madonna was frustrated by the group environment,
'I had ideas. In a band you can't have ideas,' she said years
later. Taking Bray with her, the pair recorded a set of demos. After
she hit the big time, Steve went on to colloborate with Madonna
on some of her biggest '80s hits including the song which would
become her first UK No.1, 'Into The Groove'. However, shortly after
the pair worked together on the 'Like A Prayer' album, they fell
out. Bray later went onto burn his bridges with his former girlfriend
by declaring her songwriting contribution as "minimal".
Madonna's first Top of the Pops appearance in January 1984 was with
'Holiday', a song produced former DJ John "Jellybean"
Benitez. The pair met on the New York scene and soon became a regular
item, culminating with recordings once she had achieved a recording
deal. A few months after Madonna's TOTP debut, the relationship
was at an end. "Yes, she used me to networkinto the business,"
he later recalled. "But I did the same for her."
In the mid-'80s, Sean and Madonna were the iconic couple of the
decade. The epitomy of cool, the pair's wedding in August 1985 was
also a marriage of Sean's Brat Pack credential's and Madonna's status
as most famous person on the planet. It was a doomed relationship
from the start and would be over before the end of the decade, but
not before the couple colloborated on the dismal movie Shanghai
Surprise. Producer George Harrison said of the film: ""We
had the wrong script, the wrong director and the wrong stars."
When questioned on the poison Penns, the former-Beatle gave the
blunt reply "don't ask!"
"Why would you do anything if it wasn't on camera?"
commented Hollywood lothario Warren Beatty during a scene in the
1991 rockumentary In Bed With Madonna. Having met in '89 when Beatty
cast the icon as Breathless Mahonney in his film adaptation of Dick
Tracy, the pair soon started dating. But Warren could never relate
to Madonna's seemingly endless desire for publicity. He came from
the old school set which believed that celebrities should maintain
a mistique and felt that the self-indulgence of having a film crew
record your every moment mitigated this secrecy.
Madonna was introduced to Guy by mutual friends, Sting and his wife
Trudi Styler. For Madge it was love at first sight, though witnesses
say that Guy took a while to warm to the idea of dating the megastar.
By the end of 1999, the pair were living together in London and
a year later, they married in Scotland. It wasn't until 2001 that
the couple actually attempted to work together, first in the video
for Madonna's 'What It Feels Like For A Girl', then ending the year
shooting Guy's third feature film, 'Swept Away'. To date, their
finest collaboration has to be baby Rocco, born in August 2000.