They said it wouldn't last, and, hey, it probably won't. But for now, Madonna remains hot and heavy with her 24-year-old dancer squeeze, Brahim Zaibat, who puckered up with the Big M as they celebrated her 53rd birthday this weekend in the Hamptons.
The dewy French hoofer also got hands-on with Madonna's squat- and yoga-toned posterior, a beach-set butt grab that took place in full view of the pop icon's kids David and Mercy, who were playing nearby in the sand.
(By the by, David and Mercy are both 5, which, for the math-challenged, means they're closer in age to Zaibat than their mom is.)
The pop icon hooked up with Brahim in September 2010 after she spotted him dancing to "Material Girl" at the launch of her clothing line at Macy's in New York.
He reportedly won her over with this knee-weakening pickup line: "Hi. How are you?"
"It wasn't like meeting a monster!" recalled Zaibat, who took over veal-cake duties from Brazilian model Jesus Luz. "She's just a woman like all the others. She's an extraordinary artist and world-famous, of course, but a woman above all."
Breakup talk began swirling in May, with insiders claiming the couple's clashing religious beliefs (she's a Kabbalah devotee; he's Muslim) did them in. But based on their weekend PDA, they appear to have worked through any faith-based issues.
Of course, time will tell just how long Zaibat lasts in Madonna's rarefied orbit. Will he fare better than Sean Penn? Or Warren Beatty?
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