London - Madonna's boyfriend Timor Steffens likes older women because they remind him of his mother.
The 26-year-old dancer - who has been dating the 56-year-old singer since January - has revealed he always dates older women because their strength and maturity reminds him of his mother, who raised him by herself when she and his father split up.
He explained: "There is an age gap between me and Madonna but I don't notice it.
"My girlfriends have always been older than me and that's how I like it. I learn a lot.
"Mum is a big inspiration. She is a fighter, a strong independent woman, and any relationship I've had in the past was mostly with women that are independent and like to have an opinion."
Timor also confessed he'd like to have children with Madonna - who already has daughters Lourdes and Mercy and sons Rocco and David - because he wants to be a better father than his was.
He told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "I want to be a dad, it's my goal to have my own family, that's there in the back of my mind all the time."
Despite Timor's comments, his absence from a family holiday in the South of France has sparked speculation his romance with Madonna - who was previously married to Sean Penn and Guy Ritchie - has come to an end.
The choreographer was spotted with the 'Hung Up' hitmaker on August 2 when she first kicked off her summer getaway but hasn't been seen since, suggesting he missed out on her son Rocco's birthday and her own birthday celebrations in Ibiza.
But a source claims the star hasn't ended their relationship, telling E! News: "Based on past relationships. I don't think she'd dump him mid-trip. If she was going to break up with Timor, I would think she would've done it before the trip like she did with Brahim [Zaibat]." - BANG Showbiz