Madonna Ropes New Acolyte in Her Red Lasso

By Mordechai Shinefield

Published June 23, 2006, issue of June 23, 2006.

Though Britney Spears recently announced that she’s through with Kabbalah, Madonna seems to have found a new protégé to take Spears’s place. Lindsay Lohan said last week that she was “looking into” the mystical cult, and a source told In Touch, a celebrity weekly, that Madonna and Lohan have big plans.

In taking Lohan under her wing, it would seem as though Madonna is trying to solidify her role as a kind of kabbalistic adviser and mentor.

Madonna and Spears first became study partners in 2003, around the time of their duet, “Me Against the Music.” Trying to replicate that success, Madonna has arranged to do a duet with Lohan. The two are planning to take a “spiritual journey” together after Madonna’s current tour. “They’re going to visit the Holy Land,” a source told In Touch.

Things between Madonna and Spears went south when Spears announced on her Web site last month that she no longer studies Kabbalah and that her baby is now her religion. As a result, Madonna is reportedly demanding the return of thousands of dollars worth of kabbalistic writings, including a 12th-century text that she gave Spears as a wedding gift.

While Spears is no longer wearing the red string bracelet that has become synonymous with celebrity Kabbalah, recent photos do show Lohan wearing one. Lohan has flirted with Kabbalah before. In a 2004 interview, she said that she’d looked into it at her mother’s suggestion. But Lohan’s connection with Madonna would seem to represent a new level of commitment.

“Yes, I am looking into Kabbalah,” Lohan said in April. “All of us need something. You just have to grab on to whatever gets you through. Maybe it’s this business, but it seems everything can be tough, so hard.”



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