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Parenthood ain't easy, even for the Material Mom.

In an interview with NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams, a preview of which aired on The Today Show, Madonna talked about the difficulties of balancing her pop career—her latest album MDNA debuted atop the charts though second week sales suffered a huge drop—with raising four children.

Needless to say, it hasn't been a holiday.

"To be a single mother of four and to work as much as I do, to live my life in kind of a metaphorical fishbowl, it's pretty challenging. But so far I've survived with sanity and humor intact," the Queen of Pop tells Harry Smith.

When asked by the veteran journalist whether there are two Madonnas—one for onstage and one for off—the Confessions singer joked abouther penchant for reinventing herself.

"There's probably 25, but to my children there's mostly the one that comes home and says, 'Have you done your homework?' and 'Why are you wearing that?' and 'Why did you say that?' and 'What are you eating that for?'" said Madonna.

After Smith raised the touchy issue of her 15-year-old daughter Lourdes being caught by paparazzi smoking a cigarette in New York City last month, Madge said she "wasn't very happy." She also talked about how tough she thinks she is as a mom.

Lourdes Leon

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"I think I am, but honestly I don't think I'm as tough as I should be," she confessed. "I think I need to be maybe tougher. It's hard though…everyday is a negotiation. But cigarette smoking I'm not very fond of, for anyone, I don't approve of anyone smoking cigarettes, most of all my daughter."

When Smith asked how she squares that with her new music video for "Girl Gone Wild," in which the entertainer is shown puffing sexily on a cigarette," she tried to have it both ways.

"Yeah, I don't smoke. That's just an accessory, Harry. There's a difference," Madonna pointed out. "She smoked that cigarette before I did that video, so she didn't' get that from me, OK?"

The full sit-down airs tonight at 9 p.m. ET on Rock Center.

(E!, NBC and Rock Center are all part of the NBCUniversal family.)

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