Why Madonna’s Provocative Book Ended Her Relationship With Vanilla Ice

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Is there a facet of Madonna’s life that hasn’t fascinated the general public? Her music, her movies, her movies (together with the flops), and even her private life have all made the headlines. People who aren’t super-familiar along with her 1990s profession could be stunned to know she dated the pop-rapper Vanilla Ice. Here’s why that relationship fell aside.

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The beginnings of Madonna’s relationship with Vanilla Ice

AllMovie reviews Vanilla Ice as soon as obtained to star in a film referred to as Cool as Ice, which was launched in 1991. The critics usually don’t regard Cool as Ice as a masterpiece however some followers of 1990s nostalgia get pleasure from it. According to the ebook Rock Stars Do The Dumbest Things, Vanilla Ice met Madonna whereas filming Cool as Ice.

The ebook Madonna: Unstoppable says Madonna and Vanilla Ice dated for eight months. According to Yahoo! Life, Vanilla Ice was having fun with the connection at first. He thought Madonna was a “great lover.”

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Madonna is an icon and seems superhuman to a few of her followers. Vanilla, nonetheless, stated she was regular — in addition to romantic. On the opposite hand, he revealed she was very involved he would possibly cheat on her when he had not. Ultimately, it was Madonna’s antics, not her insecurity, that destroyed the connection.

The provocative ebook that modified every little thing

Madonna was provocative within the 1980s however she introduced her work to a different stage the next decade. According to Rolling Stone, 1992 noticed the discharge of somewhat ebook referred to as Sex. The espresso desk ebook included quite a lot of distinctive images. With a title like that, what else would anybody count on?

Rolling Stone reviews the ebook was a star-studded affair that featured Naomi Campbell, Isabella Rosselini, Big Daddy Kane, and Vanilla Ice. Vanilla Ice’s look within the ebook grew to become particularly well-known. Some followers felt his presence in Sex odd, contemplating the ebook was pretty avant-garde whereas Vanilla Ice’s music was usually ridiculed.

How Vanilla Ice — and Madonna followers — felt about ‘Sex’

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One of essentially the most outstanding critics of Vanilla Ice’s look in Sex was Vanilla Ice himself. Vanilla Ice stated the ebook destroyed his relationship with Madonna. According to Yahoo! News, he described himself as an “unwitting” participant within the images classes for the ebook.

“I thought she was taking pictures and running ‘round naked because she was like that,” Vanilla defined. “Then when the book came out I was so embarrassed and ashamed. It was a porno. She threw me in like I was a product off a shelf and I didn’t appreciate it. That was it and I ended it.”

To this present day, Sex stays a divisive ebook, even amongst Madonna’s followers. Some see it as a daring, provocative, and even feminist murals. Others really feel the ebook is pretentious and excessive. Regardless, Vanilla Ice isn’t a fan. 

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