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Madonna hits the slopes as she enjoys family winter getaway in Switzerland

December 29, 2014
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Madonna's new album may have been leaked ahead of its release, but the singer hasn't let that ruin her Christmas holiday.

The 56-year-old hit the slopes with her family, including daughter Lourdes, as they enjoyed a festive break in Gstaad, Switzerland. Dressed in a chic all-black skiing ensemble, Madonna took to the slopes with her children, showing off her athletic skills on the piste. The mother-of-four and her family were seen laughing and taking occasional breaks as they made the most of the snow.


Madonna showed off her athletic skills on the slopes

The small getaway could be a welcome break for Madonna, who has faced a turbulent few days after songs from her upcoming album Rebel Heart were leaked online. The Material Girl singer took to Instagram on Sunday to share her frustration with fans, defending her unfinished work. 

"I will fight for my rights as an artist, a human and a womantill the end of my days," she wrote. 

"Because I am a #rebelheart and I will walk in the footsteps of giants and I will not apologise or defend my unpublished, unfinished, STOLEN work." 

However by Monday the singer seemed to have put her frustration aside, choosing instead to make the most of quality time with her family.


Daughter Lourdes enjoyed her first Christmas since having left the family home

This also marks the first Christmas since daughter Lourdes left the family home and headed to the University of Michigan to study musical theatre and dance, so it could be that Madonna did not want to let the news of the leaked songs affect their holiday together. It's not the first time that Madonna and her children have headed to Gstaad during the festive period, having welcomed in the New Year at the idyllic ski resort in 2012.

Renowned for its luxurious ski resorts and stunning snow-covered slopes, Gstaad has also attracted stars including fashionista Olivia Palermo and husband Johannes Huebl, who were spotted enjoying a mini break, joined by Giancarlo Giammetti. A celebrity hotspot over the winter months, Gstaad also welcomed Tatiana Santo Domingo and Andrea Casiraghi last year, who chose the Swiss resort as the location for the second round of their nuptials.

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