Madonna’s new playboy Josh Popper, 29, has emerged after the singer, 64, CONFIRMED romance
By Carly Johnson and Amy Lamare for Dailymail.com
March 8, 2023 00:56, updated March 8, 2023 01:36
Madonna’s latest playboy Josh Popper was spotted out and about in New York on Tuesday, just hours after the 64-year-old pop queen confirmed their romance.
The chiseled hunk, 29, worked as a boxing trainer at New York’s Bredwinners gym, which he owns and is said to train one of Madonna’s two sons.
The Daily Mail was the first to reveal that the Material Girl hitmaker had swapped ex-boyfriend Andrew Darnell, 23, for Josh.
Madonna split from model Darnell last month after dating for less than a year.
Josh rocked head-to-toe Nikes from his windbreaker to the slide sandals on his feet, which he paired with bright white socks for his morning commute to work.
As she walked, she rocked a Gleason’s Gym cap and carried a plastic shopping bag and her cell phone in one hand.
Madonna made her budding relationship with Josh social media official on Tuesday by sharing a snap of the pair kissing on her Instagram Story.
In the moment, Madonna and Josh are both wearing masks and dressed in all black. He captioned the photo: “Murderers partying.”
Her new boy toy replaces 23-year-old model Andrew Darnell in Madge’s life.
The kissing photo was part of a series of pictures from a Purim party. She dressed as Kween Esther for the event.
Last week, the Daily Mail reported that Madonna was dating Popper after the Like a Prayer singer posted a photo of herself pressing her lips to Popper’s shoulder and squeezing his bulging, tattooed right arm as she pumped her fists at the gym.
Popper owns the Bredwinners boxing gym in Manhattan.
“In a male-dominated culture, there are always exceptions,” she wrote in her Instagram Story, which followed a photo of the Material Girl hugging a punching bag: “It’s hard to ignore the reality… that most women are broken.”
Popper also shared the photo on her own account, where she included a second photo with her arm around the pop star, with three of her friends posing outside the boxing ring.
However, sources tell DailyMail.com that this public display of affection was more than just a demonstration, Madonna and Popper were romantically involved.
According to one source, Popper also taught one of Madge’s six children to box.
But now, with the kissing photo, Madonna is indicating that she is ready to go public with her new romance.
Unlike his superstar girlfriend, Popper lives a relatively low-key life.
He was once a promising defensive lineman at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey, where he graduated in 2015. He later tried out for two NFL teams, but failed to make it.
According to his LinkedIn, he became a licensed insurance salesperson for New York Life.
It wasn’t until the 2020 pandemic that the fighter opened his modest gym on the third floor of a building on East 28th Street, where he is one of several trainers teaching boxing to adults and children.
A brief biography on Bredwinner’s website describes Popper as a “lifelong athlete and full-time coach.”
“For Josh, boxing isn’t just about teaching you to move in the ring, it’s teaching you to move throughout your life.
“With Coach Josh, you can expect to use your body and brain to learn new skills, increase strength and functional movement.
“Whether you box for fun, to learn new sports or to fight in the ring, fighters of all levels are welcome. It starts where you are, says the biography.