Madonna, the versatile “Queen of Pop,” showcased her star power at a live charity auction hosted by her ex-husband, actor Sean Penn, raising a staggering $300,000 for her ukulele. The iconic singer and the Oscar-winning actor were married from 1985 to 1989 and continued to maintain a friendship after their divorce. They even collaborated on various projects during their relationship.
In 2016, Madonna took part in an auction organized by Sean Penn to raise funds for the people of Haiti. This charity event, which took place the night before the Golden Globes, attracted numerous prominent celebrities, including Justin Bieber, Pamela Anderson, Jason Segel, Anderson Cooper, and Leonardo DiCaprio. Leonardo DiCaprio, known for his penchant for collectibles, bid and won several movie memorabilia items. Although he once spent a substantial $100,000 on U2 star Bono’s guitar, Madonna’s presence and performance stole the show, generating an astonishing $300,000.
During the event, Madonna performed “La Vie En Rose” on her ukulele, and the bidding escalated after she playfully promised to lick and kiss the instrument. The money raised during the charity auction went to support the Haitian people through the organization j/P HRO. This organization was actively working to assist the thousands of individuals in Haiti severely affected by the devastating earthquake that occurred in 2010. The total donation reportedly amounted to approximately $7 million.
Actress Soleil Moon-Frye, who is also an ambassador for the organization, praised Sean Penn’s dedication and caring nature. She emphasized that his involvement had a significant impact and said, “When you see the good we’ve done in Haiti, you realize anything is possible if Sean is involved.”
Madonna, known for her groundbreaking music career and iconic contributions to pop culture, had faced a health scare earlier in the year when she was hospitalized for a bacterial infection. This led to the postponement of her Celebration global tour. She expressed her gratitude to her fans and loved ones for their support during her health crisis, and it’s reassuring to know that she has fully recovered.